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Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Pepsi presents WSYX/WTTE Opening Day

Presented by Pepsi, join ABC6 and FOX28 for opening day of the Ohio State Fair! See live broadcasts throughout the day at the AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage, grab a selfie with local TV anchors, and be sure to follow along on social media to see the latest weather updates from ABC6.

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Telhio and Ronald McDonald House Charities Day

When one 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.: Canned chicken or vegetable, disposable plates or silverware, napkins, paper towels, or condiments (mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, ranch dressing). All donations will support families at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.

WOSU Kids Day

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., South side of Gazebo
Join WOSU Public Media in Central Park for a chance to meet some of your favorite PBS KIDS® characters on July 27 only! The event, designed to keep the whole family entertained, will offer PBS KIDS® crafts, coloring, educational activities, and games. See PBS KIDS® characters throughout the day for photo opportunities:

  • Daniel Tiger
  • Katerina Kittycat
  • Alma
  • Elinore
  • Ari
  • Olive

Friday, July 28, 2023

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 28, you will find behavioral health resources at state agency booths throughout the fair to help make prevention, treatment, and recovery supports more visible and accessible to all Ohioans.

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Molina Healthcare Day

Cardinal Gate & OHIO Gate:

Join Molina Healthcare at the Cardinal Gate for free health screenings and giveaways. At Molina Healthcare of Ohio, we are committed to the health and well-being of the communities we serve! Don’t forget to ask them about our Kids Zone and Infant Care & Nursing Stations.

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!

Kids Zone (Cardinal Patio):

Join us at the Molina Kids Zone where we will have a bubble oasis & larger than life fun! Enjoy free activities for the whole family! Don’t forget to stop by our prize wheel where every kid is a winner! Ask questions about your Medicaid benefits while you’re here. Molina Healthcare of Ohio has been a part of the community since 2005 helping our members to stay healthy and happy. We’ll see you there!

Sunday, July 30, 2023

Buckeye Health Plan Day

Join Buckeye Health at the Cardinal Gate for fun giveaways and health information on Buckeye Day, Sunday, July 30. Visit between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. to spin the wheel and win a free prize! Bring kids to our fitness challenge at the Main Street Stage from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Fitness Challenge participants will have the chance to win one of six free bikes! Providing great health information and fun fitness activities is just one way that Buckeye is transforming the health of our community, one person at a time. Learn more at ChooseBuckeye.com.

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.

Monday, July 31, 2023

NBC4 Family Discount Day

Adults will be admitted for the kids’ admission price of $10, and kids 12 and under will be admitted free. Until 5 p.m., purchase ride-all-day wristbands for just $18! All riders are required to have a wristband or credits to ride.

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023

Senior Day

Seniors ages 60 and up can enjoy free admission, Aug. 1 only, all day long! In addition, all fairgoers are invited to enjoy the free 1964 The Tribute (Beatles Tribute) concert in the WCOL Celeste Center at 1 p.m.

Senior Day Flier
Senior Day Bus Arrival Form

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2023

Sensory-Friendly Morning & Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Day

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

As part of the Fair’s efforts to be inclusive and provide accommodations, we’re turning down the lights and volume to make the Ohio State Fair more sensory-friendly in partnership with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), the Autism Society of Central Ohio (ASCO), and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). 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 daily schedule to find a sensory-friendly Fair opportunity that suits you.

  • Visit ohiostatefair.com/events, or download the Ohio State Fair app, to view a complete schedule of events, activities, and exhibits.
  • Print social narratives, a first-then board, wait cards, and a permit that will allow you to park in a special area on the OCALI website at ocali.org.
  • Click here for more information.
  • To view all accessibility features the fair has to offer, in partnership with DODD and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) Accessible Ohio initiative, visit https://www.ohiostatefair.com/p/visit/accessibility


Join the 10TV crew for several broadcasts throughout the day at the AARP Ohio Gazebo Stage.

Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023

Donate Life Ohio Day

Donate Life Ohio is dedicated to educating Ohioans about the need for organ, eye, and tissue donation and inspiring them to register their donation decision in the Ohio Donor Registry. Say “yes!” to organ and tissue donation and be sure to stop by the Donate Life Ohio booth to learn more.

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