2022 Media Information
Credential registration - required for Fair access
We welcome the chance to work with your station or publication. Registering for the Ohio State Fair is easy for members of the media. Simply register using the media credential registration form on the right-hand side.
We kindly 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 may result in loss of media center privileges.
Media Center Check-in Procedures
The Ohio State Fair Media Center will be operational from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., daily, July 27 – Aug. 7 (except for Aug. 7, when it closes at 6 p.m. along with the Fair’s admission gates), or by appointment. All members of the media should check in here to receive parking and admission credentials before entering the Fair. No parking or admission passes for working media will be mailed in advance.
As in the past, the Media Center will be located on 11th Avenue, just west of the OHIO Gate. All working news media and promotions personnel should register and park at this location upon arriving at the Fair. For your convenience, the Media Center will provide a phone, Internet access, and an air-conditioned room for you to work or relax in. Fair schedules will also be provided daily, as well as feature ideas and assistance in obtaining interviews.
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Approximately 25 parking spots are available for use by working media at the Media Center. In addition, we will provide some overflow parking in the Pavilion Lot (Gate 9), located east of the Voinovich Center. Please note parking is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. If all media spots are full, you will be routed to 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
All still and video photography requests for concerts in the WCOL Celeste Center are subject to the approval of each artist's management team. If your station or publication wishes to send a photographer or videographer to a concert, please contact the Marketing & Public Relations Director at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. Your request will be forwarded to artist management for review, and you will be contacted once your request has been reviewed.
If approved, a member of the public relations staff will meet and inform you of the artist’s photo policy at the WCOL Celeste Center. 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. Videographers 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.
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