LOT of FREE things to do at the Ohio State Fair 2022

Where else can you learn how to fish, clean a fish, cook a fish, & sample said cooked fish, learn how to kayak, enjoy the serenity in a butterfly house, watch a magic show, street performers, bands, parade, tour a gallery filled with fine art, visit a petting zoo, and more ALL in one day and for FREE? talk about a great VALUE! We value our time, family, and finances, and the Ohio State Fair respects and accommodates all three! For a family of four to do all of that in one day and only cost $34 (free parking) is amazing!

Cow and Calf made out of butter

Ohio State Fair Details…

Dates: July 27-Aug. 7, 2022

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday:10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday*:9 a.m.-9 p.m., except Sunday, Aug. 7, when admission gates close at 6 p.m.

Gate admission prices: Adults (ages 13-59)—$10

Youth (ages 6-12)—$8

Senior (ages 60+)—$8

Children five and under—Free

Veterans, Military, and First Responders (Police, Fire, and EMTs)—Free with appropriate ID

General Parking—Free

Website/buy tickets: https://www.ohiostatefair.com/ (You can purchase tickets at the gate w/card or cash)

Free Parking

General parking is free in the main O’Reilly Auto Parts Parking Lotnorth of the Cardinal Gate. Reserved parking is not available to the general public. Accessible parking is available in the main O’Reilly Auto PartsParking Lots.

Eight-acre natural resources park with FREE fishing and each kid is guaranteed to catch a fish…which might not be a big deal for country folk but for us city folk it is kinda a big deal. In fact, it was at the Ohio State Fair that all 3 of my kiddos fished for the first time. They learned how to bait their hook, cast, and reel in their bite. It’s a memory the children and I will treasure for a lifetime.  

Kids will also enjoy the FREE petting zoo and the opportunity to see live animals being born. 

Okay…adults will enjoy the FREE petting zoo too 😉

There are FREE entertainment stages featuring live music, amazing hypnotist, impressive magicians, and fun wholesome family-friendly shows. 

Best Entertainment

Pop-up entertainment performances…

Hands-on Education Programs…

Costumed Characters…


Ride prices: https://www.ohiostatefair.com/p/visit/rides


Talk about talent…these were even more impressive in person!

And don’t even get me started on the food, omg! There’s an endless variety of fair food favorites, some local faves, and more! 

You name it and the Ohio State Fair more than likely has it….

It’s Giveaway Time!

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