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Accessibility Guide

The Ohio State Fair is committed to inclusion and accessibility. Read more about our services, or contact us at info@expo.ohio.gov or 614-644-3247 if you have any questions regarding your visit.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking is available in the general parking lots. Please let the parking attendant know you are looking for accessible parking and they will direct you to the correct area.

Assisted Listening Devices

Free assisted listening devices are available for use at the WCOL Celeste Center, Main Street Stage and Gazebo Stage. Visitors must leave a photo ID.

Accessible Seating

Accessible seats for concerts in the WCOL Celeste Center can be purchased at the same cost directly from Ticketmaster. To view accessible seats, click the “filters” button, then toggle on the “accessibility” button to see wheelchair seating, seating for individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing, or seating for individuals who are blind or have low vision. Up to three companion seats are available for purchase adjacent to an accessible seat. Standing is prohibited in accessible seating areas.

Wheelchair, Stroller, Wagon and Locker Rentals

HomeTown Mobility is proud to be the exclusive scooter and wheelchair rental provider for the Ohio State Fair. A limited number of wheelchairs and scooters are held for walk-up customers on a first-come, first-served basis.

Single Stroller - $20/day

  • Double Stroller - $25/day
  • Wagon - $20/day
  • Manual wheelchair - $25/day*
  • Electric scooter - $65/day (8 a.m. - 11 p.m.)*
  • Storage cubicles (lockers) - $5/day

*Advance reservations for manual wheelchairs or electric scooters

HomeTown Mobility accepts advance reservations online at htmia.com or by calling 1-877-928-5388 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. The company is open seven days a week during the Fair to accept call-in reservations and answer questions from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. There is an additional $5 processing fee for all call-in reservations. Reservations will ONLY be accepted for full day scooter and wheelchair rentals. Reservations are not accepted for strollers, wagons, or storage cubicles. Reservations need to be made 24 hours in advance. A driver’s license or state ID is required for all rentals. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to receive a full refund, minus a $5 cancellation fee.

Walk-up rental of manual wheelchairs and electric scooters

A limited number of wheelchairs and electric scooters are available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is highly recommended that you reserve a unit to ensure you have a rental for the day of your visit.

Wheelchair Charging Stations

Complimentary wheelchair/mobility device charging stations are located in the following buildings in partnership with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. Please look for the signs indicating the charging area.

  • Bricker MarketPlace Building
  • Kasich Hall
  • Lausche Youth Center
  • Natural Resources Park Pavilion
  • Taste of Ohio Café
  • WCOL Celeste Center

Accessible Restrooms

  • Brown Sheep Building
  • Cardinal Restrooms – freestanding restroom building located near the giant red Cardinal
  • Celeste Center (only open during concerts)*
  • Ag-Pro Companies Taft Coliseum
  • Cooper Arena
  • Gilligan Livestock Complex
  • Land & Living Bldg. presented by Ohio Farm Bureau
  • Bricker Market Place Building
  • Kasich Hall*
  • Natural Resources Park
  • O’Neill Swine Building
  • Rhodes Center lobby**
  • Taste of Ohio Café*
  • Voinovich Beef Cattle Building
  • Lausche Youth Center

*Family restroom available.

**This restroom is not fully accessible, but some accommodations have been made such as grab bars, elevated seats, door changes, etc.

Dietary Options

While you may think of food on a stick, there are many food options which fit various special dietary programs, such as gluten-free and dairy-free. Be sure to check with the vendor on any hidden ingredients and for cross-contamination, but here are a few foods that are typically free of gluten and dairy at the Fair:

  • Corn and corn products: Roasted sweet corn and other products made with corn, such as tacos, nachos and taco salad, can be safe options when avoiding gluten.
  • Dole Pineapple Whip: This favorite treat has the delicious, smooth taste of soft serve ice cream without the dairy or gluten.
  • French Fries: French fries are usually gluten-free, especially if you’re looking for that fried flavor! However, make sure you ask vendors about cross contamination. If French fries share a fryer with gluten containing foods, those with serious gluten intolerances or celiac disease should avoid this option.
  • Frozen Drinks: Most syrups for slushies, snow cones and Kona ice gluten-free.
  • Iced Tea: Ohio summers are warm, so cool off with this gluten-free beverage.
  • Meat: Whether you love steak on a stick, chicken, mouthwatering ribs (including those sauced up by Famous Gabby’s Inc.), slow-cooked pulled pork, turkey legs, sausage or tenderloin, meat options are usually a safe bet for those avoiding gluten, but be sure to ask about any potential seasoning contaminations when speaking with the vendor.
  • Schmidt’s of German Village: Schmidt’s, which has been a Fair tradition for more than a century, offers many different gluten-free menu options. Try a Bahama Mama, bratwurst, chicken bratwurst, all beef frankfurter, German Potato Salad, or sauerkraut to taste Fair tradition.

Quiet Room

The air-conditioned Quiet Room is located in the Taste of Ohio Café. With a small adjacent restroom, sensory items, and comfortable seating, it provides a space for quick sensory relief.

Sensory-Friendly Area

During peak hours, the Ohio State Fair can be noisy and can overwhelm the senses. One particular area, the 8-acre Natural Resources Park, is naturally soothing. With plenty of trees, benches, and even a waterfall, this serene area allows for some sensory refuge.

Service Animals

Pets are not permitted on the grounds during the Fair with the exception of service dogs or animals approved as part of an exhibition or competition (such as livestock and 4-H events). Service animals are those that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Service animal relief areas with waste receptacles will be available on the Rhodes Center Lawn, in Central Park, and in Natural Resources Park.

Sensory-Friendly Morning

Aug. 3, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
In partnership with OCALI, we’re turning down the lights and volume to provide a sensory-friendly experience at the Ohio State Fair. Enjoy the rides with no flashing lights or music, visit the Fair’s many educational activities, take a break in a quiet room or use our accessibility guide to find a Fair opportunity that suits you.

Questions & Feedback

info@expo.ohio.gov
614-644-3247

All information subject to change.

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