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Accessible Playground, Natural Resources Park

This playground features low-impact, easy-to-access entertainment for children. Whether kids are searching for remarkable fossils, navigating a path through a maze of towering barrels, exploring a mini truck or pretending to camp under the stars after an unforgettable canoe adventure in a life-size boat, there are opportunities to unwind and experience imaginative play in this newly constructed oil and gas themed area of the Natural Resources Park.

All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir

Performance times vary

The All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir and All-Ohio State Fair Band arrive just days before the Fair opens, learning all of their music in a limited time. They perform daily at various times and locations, with nearly 200 total performances held during the 12-day Fair.

Camping Village

10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Natural Resources Park

Experience the different getaway rentals that are available at Ohio’s state parks.

“The Dunk”

10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Natural Resources Park

Visit the Natural Resources Park's newest resident! A life-size sculpture of Dunkleosteus terrelli ("the Dunk"), Ohio's official State Fossil Fish, is now on display at the Geological Walk Through Time exhibit. Get up close to one of Ohio's most ferocious ancient predators!

Kayak Pond

10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Natural Resources Park

Grab a life jacket and try one of the fastest growing activities in the country – kayaking. Paddlers of all ages (50" tall minimum, 300 lbs. maximum) can kayak daily. Those interested must check in at the Discovery Pavilion in the Natural Resources Park.

Kids’ Fishing Pond

10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Natural Resources Park

Kids age 14 and younger may fish daily for bluegill from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. using cane poles and tackle provided by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. If you catch a fish, an Ohio wildlife officer will help you take if off the hook. You can leave the fish in the live well, or take it home and fix it for dinner!

Lumberjack Show

Noon, 2 and 6 p.m., Natural Resources Park

Catch lumberjacks in action as they entertain crowds with fast-paced log rolling, chainsaw carving and wood chopping. This family-friendly show will take place in the amphitheater.

Lady Houdini

Monday through Friday: 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Kiddieland

Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

As a real escapologist, Lady Houdini has made her name performing daredevil-like acts as she flirts with near death experiences through her masterful escape performances.

Land & Living Exhibit

10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Land & Living Building presented by Ohio Farm Bureau
This highly interactive exhibit is packed with agricultural education activities the whole family can enjoy. Visitors will see, experience and learn about caring for animals on the farm, how science and technology are helping farmers produce safe food while enhancing our environmental resources, how scientists are researching solutions to our biggest food and farming challenges, and how young people can have careers in agriculture. Visitors can experience planting crops in a tractor simulator, shopping in an interactive grocery store, and recording their State Fair memories with a free photograph before leaving the exhibit.

Little Farmers

10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center Lawn

This hands-on educational exhibit, targeted toward kids ages 3 to 10, allows youth to explore different aspects of Ohio agriculture. Families will navigate through eight different stations featuring simulated animals, real grains, gardening, and more, with the opportunity to pick a small prize at the final station, the Ohio Proud Farmer’s Market.

Monster Mural


11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Youth Center Lawn (closes at 4 p.m. on Aug. 7)
Kids will jump at the chance to make their artistic mark on a giant Fair mural each day (with washable paint, of course).

Natural Resources Park

10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Enjoy free fishing for kids, kayaking, archery, a butterfly house, and so much more in this beautiful eight-acre park maintained by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Enjoy native Ohio wildlife, a geological walkway, a camping village and a tall grass prairie. The outdoor amphitheater hosts free music and entertaining programs, such as the popular lumberjack show, throughout each day of the State Fair. (times of activities vary)


OVMA Veterinary Education Center

9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Wick Pavilion
Witness the miracle of birth and visit new and expectant farm animal mothers and their young at this educational exhibit near the Dairy Products Building. You can even milk a real cow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.!

Ohio Proud Farmer’s Market

10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center Farm / Little Farmers Exhibit

Shop for local products, like honey, salsa, dip mixes, and more from Ohio Proud vendors. Each day of the fair, 10 vendors will be selling their products – so stop by any day for a different selection of great products grown and made in our great state.

Ohio State Beekeepers Association

10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Lausche Youth Center
Learn how to start and maintain your own beehive, as well as the importance of bees to our ecosystem, while having fun!

Daily Parade presented by AAA Ohio Auto Club

4 p.m. (no parade Aug. 7)
Fair mascot Butters D. Cow will be joined by local celebrities, honorees, costumed characters, entertainers and special guests in this tour through the Fair featuring the All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir. The daily parade presented by AAA Auto Club begins just north of Natural Resources Park and continues up the WNCI Food Highway, ending just north of 17th Avenue.

Governor’s Children’s Passport

The Governor’s Children’s Passport is a great way to navigate the fair while providing your kids with fun activities along the way! Children who complete their passport and turn it in will have a chance at one of our many prizes! Visit the Guest Information Services Booths or one of the Children’s Initiatives partner agency booths (Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Department of Medicaid, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Ohio Department of Natural Resources) to receive your passport today!

Pig Races


Monday - Friday: 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., Kiddieland
Saturday - Sunday: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Three different breeds of swifty swine race around the track for a prize. Cheer on your favorite little porker!

Petting Zoo


10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (open until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday), Kiddieland
The free Petting Zoo features more than 50 animals from around the world including goats, llamas, zebras, antelope, kangaroos and much more.
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