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Banking Services

ATMs will be offered on-site.

Camping (Fair Only)

Find out more on our camping page.

Conditions for Admission

The safety of our fairgoers, exhibitors and employees is our top priority. Prior to entry, you will be asked to walk through a metal detector (magnetometer).

Purses, backpacks, book bags, coolers, strollers, etc. are permitted, but are subject to search. Bag searches will also be conducted for guests entering concerts and events in the WCOL Celeste Center.

Prohibited items
Several items are expressly prohibited at the Ohio State Fair, including: illegal weapons and substances, the use of bicycles in non-parking areas, the possession or use of Segways/hoverboards, and the use of unmanned aircraft systems (drones).

Outside food and beverage
You may bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Glass bottles and containers are not permitted on grounds.


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

First Aid / EMS Center

During the Ohio State Fair (July 24 - Aug. 4)
Daily, 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Medical assistance is provided in the new air-conditioned First Aid Center located just north of Kasich Hall.

Pre-Fair Coverage (July 15 - 23)
  • July 15 – 19, 2024 | 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Call 911 for emergencies
  • July 20 – 23, 2024 | Call 614-644-4466 Fair First Aid / EMS providing service
    • Saturday, July 20 – 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Sunday, July 21 – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Monday, July 22 – 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Tuesday, July 23 – 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Infant Care & Nursing Stations

The Ohio State Fair offers two Infant Care & Nursing Station locations. One is located in Kiddieland and the other in the Lausche Youth Exploration Space, at which parents can change their children’s diapers, and mothers who prefer to breastfeed their children in privacy can do so comfortably. Additional nursing stations are located in Kasich Hall and the Bricker MarketPlace Building.

Lost and Found

Our lost and found office during the Ohio State Fair is organized and managed by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and is located on grounds near Gate 3 at the north end of the Mountain Dew Midway. If you realize you have lost an item after leaving the Fair, please call (614) 466-6666.

Lost Children booths

The Ohio State Highway Patrol staffs a booth at both of the main entrance gates (Cardinal and OHIO Gates) with "Lost Kid Tags.” The tags help identify the child if he or she gets separated from his or her parents. You can also call the Highway Patrol headquarters at (614) 466-6666 for more information.


General parking is free to fairgoers in the main lots north of the Cardinal Gate. Reserved parking is not available to the general public for purchase. Parking is accessible from I-71 at the 17th Avenue exit and the Hudson Street exit at Silver Drive.

Pet Policy

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. Patrons attempting to bring non-service animals into the Fair, including emotional support, comfort, therapy, companion, and all other animals not included in the scope of service animals, will be asked to remove those animals from the Fair for the safety of our guests and the pets. Service animal relief areas with waste receptacles will be available on the Rhodes Center Lawn, in Central Park, and in Natural Resources Park.


Parking Shuttles

Free O'Reilly Auto Parts Parking Shuttles powered by SuperStart Batteries are available in the general parking lots, which are accessible from I-71 at the 17th Avenue exit and the Hudson Street exit at Silver Drive. Ride the complimentary shuttles to and from the main entrance gate and your vehicle.

On-Grounds Shuttles

Our complimentary shuttle makes frequent stops approximately every 20 minutes at pre-determined locations around the perimeter of the grounds as listed on the map.

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 - $30/day*
  • Electric scooter - $75/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 1-712-938-2029 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.

Have a question not answered on this page?

Please feel free to call the Ohio State Fair at 614-644-FAIR (614-644-3247) or 1-888-OHO-EXPO (1-888-646-3976), or email us at info@expo.ohio.gov.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Guests should attend only after evaluating their own health risks. Your entry onto the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair property constitutes your understanding of these risks, and you voluntarily assume such risks related to exposure to COVID-19. The Ohio Expositions Commission cannot be held liable if you contract COVID-19. Help protect yourself by following safety protocols, and state and local public health mandates.
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