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With a mix of special competitions, big-name entertainment, exciting rides and thousands of kids and animals, the Ohio State Fair offers 12 days of continuous feature and news story opportunities. It is essential to receive information about the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair. Our current news release distribution system will allow users to specify what information they wish to receive.
Credential registration - required for Fair access
We request that all media that are provided an admission ticket submit a press clipping or audio/video clip within two weeks of the closing of the Fair. Failure to provide proof of coverage will result in loss of media center privileges.
The Media Center
The Media Center will be located in a trailer adjacent to the OHIO Gate on 11th Avenue. The Ohio State Fair Media Center will be operational from 7 am - 8 pm or by appointment. All members of the media should check in here before entering the Fair. Our staff will be available to check you in and provide you with Fair admission.
Please note, we will only distribute admission passes to members of the media attending the Fair for business purposes.
For your convenience, the Media Center will provide a phone, internet access and an air-conditioned room for you to work. Water, Fair schedules, feature ideas and assistance obtaining interviews will also be provided by the marketing and public relations coordinators.
There are approximately 25 parking spaces at the media center. This area offers the most accessible parking. If the media lot is full, you will be routed to Pavilion Parking just inside Gate 9 or the North Lot (off of 17th Avenue).
A few golf carts will be kept at the media center and can be used for transportation of equipment on a first-come, first-served basis. For liability reasons, carts can only be driven by Ohio State Fair employees. Access to the Fair on carts is limited to the golf cart path, which travels the Fair's perimeter. No carts are allowed in pedestrian areas. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will enforce this policy.
WCOL Celeste Center Media Guidelines
The only way to guarantee a seat for a paid concert is to purchase a ticket. All review seat requests must be coordinated through each individual artist. Review seats will be distributed from the WCOL Celeste Center box office at the discretion of the artist. We request that publications send a clip of their review to the marketing / public relations department within two weeks of the show.
Still and Video Photography Policy
At the WCOL Celeste Center, a member of the public relations staff will meet and inform you of the artist’s photo policy. Each artist’s policy is different. Still photographers will be escorted to designated areas either near the stage or the mezzanine per each artist's policy. Television photographers will be escorted to a press box at the base of the mezzanine. The public relations staff will advise photographers when the allotted time for coverage is over. All members of the media will then be escorted out of the WCOL Celeste Center unless they hold a ticket for the show.
Interviews and Backstage Policy
All interviews and backstage passes must be arranged through the artist’s management. The Fair public relations staff can provide contact names and phone numbers upon request. Please notify the public relations staff office of what arrangements have been made prior to the show date.