2024 Camping Update
As the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair embark on implementing the vision of the Expo 2050 Master Plan, a number of changes will be happening throughout the property. A full review of the Phase 1 changes, which are underway with completion between 2025 and 2026, is available online.
While the camping areas at the Ohio State Fair are not directly impacted by the construction changes, there are indirect impacts that will relocate some camping that has previously occurred on-grounds into the main camp lots, reducing the overall camping by approximately 138 spots in an area with limited utilities, Korbel West.
As a result, exhibitor camping will be limited to the full hookup area of the Korbel North and East camping lots. We are making changes in the process to equitably distribute the available camping spots, as well as offer off-site reservation areas for those who wish to camp rather than stay in hotels overnight. As such, changes that you will see for the 2024 Ohio State Fair season include:
Camping lottery reservation system
In recent years, available camping has sold out in a matter of minutes to those who logged on first and early. In order to allow as many exhibitors and participants as possible access to available camp lots, we will introduce a lottery system. Specific details are forthcoming, but include:
- Earlier opportunity to enter the lottery – A two-week period from May 6 through May 17 will be available for interested parties to enter the lottery with their needed camping dates, utility needs, and camper size.
- Online entry process – All lottery entries can be submitted easily online using a simple online form.
- Timely, Random Selection - After the lottery entry period has concluded and needs have been consolidated, each entry will be assigned a number. A random number generator will be used to select those who will be able to purchase on-site camping. Those individuals will then be able to confirm and pay for their reservations. Those who were not selected will be notified so that alternate arrangements, such as off-site camping, can be made. All those who entered the lottery will be notified of their status beginning May 27 but no later than June 10.
Off-site camping partnershipsRecognizing that on-site camping is most desirable, but that it is limited, the Ohio State Fair has built partnerships with the following sites, including some who will offer an exclusive reservation window for Ohio State Fair exhibitors, marked with an asterisk (*) below. For those offering exclusive registration windows, the reservation period will close at least two weeks after the on-site lottery has concluded and all who entered have been notified, allowing adequate time to select a site and make reservations. Some additional details are forthcoming, but off-site camping partnerships include the below options. Click to each option for more details.