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Thursday, July 25, 2024

Sensory Friendly Morning, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

We’ve turned down the lights and volume to make the Ohio State Fair more sensory-friendly in partnership with OCALI. Ride the rides with no flashing lights or music, visit the Fair’s many educational and sensory activities, take a break in a quiet room, or use our sensory accessibility guide to find a Fair opportunity that suits you. Print social narratives, a first-then board, and wait cards.

Join WOSU Public Media in Central Park south of the Gazebo for a chance to meet some of your favorite PBS KIDS® characters on July 25 only! The event, designed to keep the whole family entertained, will offer PBS KIDS® activity stations. Get your photo with your favorite PBS KIDS® characters.

$3 Thursday

On either Thursday during the Ohio State Fair, all vendors will be offering a menu item of their choice at a smaller size for just $3! This new initiative is the perfect way to try some beloved “Fair fare” signature food options without breaking the bank! This event occurs on both Thursdays of the Ohio State Fair, July 25 and Aug. 1. When it becomes available, a full list of $3 Thursday items can be found at ohiostatefair.com/3-thursday.

Friday, July 26, 2024

RecoveryOhio’s Mental Health Day

Governor Mike DeWine created the RecoveryOhio initiative to address substance use disorders and mental illness by coordinating the work of state departments, boards, and commissions and investing in the health and well-being of Ohioans. On July 26, you will find behavioral health resources throughout the fair to help make prevention, treatment, and recovery support more visible and accessible to all Ohioans. For more information, visit RecoveryOhio.gov.

Saturday, July 27, 2024

Molina Healthcare Day - Located at Cardinal Gate & OHIO Gate

Cardinal Gate:

Join Molina Healthcare at the Cardinal Gate for health information, fun family activities and giveaways. At Molina Healthcare of Ohio, we are committed to the health and well-being of the communities we serve! Attending Senior Day? Check out our free fairgrounds transportation service.

OHIO Gate:

Meet Molina’s Community Engagement team at the OHIO gate for a warm welcome to the Ohio State Fair. We’ve got items to help you beat the heat and experts to answer all your Medicaid questions! Attending Senior Day? Check out our free fairgrounds transportation service.


Sunday, July 28, 2024

Veterans & Military Day

Veterans and active military are honored on this day. In addition, active military and veterans are given free admission today (and any day of the Ohio State Fair) with appropriate identification.


Tuesday, July 30, 2024

Senior Day

Seniors ages 60 and up can enjoy free admission, July 30 only, all day long! In addition, all fairgoers are invited to enjoy the free concert in the WCOL Celeste Center at 1 p.m. Check back later for the senior day concert announcement.


Thursday, Aug. 1, 2024

College Student Day

Students attending any college or post-secondary career or technical school receive discounted admission of $10 this day only. Fairgoers can show their student ID at the admission gates to receive this discount.

$3 Thursday

On either Thursday during the Ohio State Fair, all vendors will be offering a menu item of their choice at a smaller size for just $3! This new initiative is the perfect way to try some beloved “Fair fare” signature food options without breaking the bank! This event occurs on both Thursdays of the Ohio State Fair, July 25 and Aug. 1. When it becomes available, a full list of $3 Thursday items can be found at ohiostatefair.com/3-thursday.

Friday, Aug. 2, 2024

Telhio and Ronald McDonald House Charities Day

When one or more of the following wish list items is brought to a booth outside the admission gates, each donating participant will receive a voucher good for a BOGO free admission ticket before 6 p.m. Items needed are: Canned chicken or vegetables, disposable plates or silverware, napkins, paper towels, and condiments (mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, ranch dressing). All donations will support families at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.

Saturday, Aug. 3, 2024

Donate Life Ohio Day

Donate Life Ohio is dedicated to inspiring and educating Ohioans about the need for and importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation. Say “yes!” to organ and tissue donation today and be sure to stop by the Donate Life Ohio booth to learn more on August 3.

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