State fair offering many events Thursday

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Fair is in full swing. Celebrate the second day with music, games, fun and more. With hundreds of events daily, here’s a sample of the events for Thursday, July 27:

Kroger Feeds Ohio Day: Fairgoers that bring in two canned food items (per person) will receive $3 admission when they arrive before 4 pm. All food donated will go to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Last year, 11,982 pounds of food were donated, which created 9,985 meals for those in need.

WOSU Kids Day: WOSU Public Media will be visiting the Fair with your favorite PBS characters from 10 am- 3 pm in Central Park. Children can meet some of their favorite cartoon pals including Daniel Tiger, Katerina Cat, Super Why, Nature Cat, Buddy the dinosaur, Clifford and Sid the Science Kid. Fairgoers can also watch a live radio broadcast and participate in other fun activities while they’re there.

Free Live Entertainment: The Fair offers multiple possibilities to listen to free music each day. At the Frontier Airlines Gazebo Stage July 27, Ty Cooper will be performing in the Americana/soul genre at noon and 2 pm. Cooper is a singer-songwriter from Springfield, Ohio. This year, Cooper will be performing all around Ohio down to Tennessee. Kazual, an a capella group, will be performing at 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm. Kazual is a family band, comprised of three brothers and a cousin and they are known for their distinct blend of R&B, hip hop and pop music that they call the “Kazual experience.”

Concert Series: The KIDZ BOP Kids, one of the most popular kids-based music groups, are in town for their Best Time Ever tour. The kids will perform current, popular songs with kid-friendly lyrics. The concert is just $15 and includes Fair admission when purchased in advanced. Kids that are under three and can sit on a lap do not require a ticket. Children requiring a seat, or that are three and older, must have a ticket.

Girl Scouts STEM Day: Girl Scouts will be holding a STEM day which links science, technology, engineering and math to the real world. Held at the Lausche Youth Center between 10 am and 2 pm, this is an educational, yet interesting, stop at the Fair. Everyone is welcome to participate in the events held. Slime making, water racing, computer coding on paper and tangram creations are a few of the activities visitors can participate in.

Livestock: The junior beef cattle competition will begin at 10 am in Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center. Additionally, the junior swine competitions will start at 10 am in the O’Neill Swine Building. The Ohio State Fair is home to one of the largest junior fairs in the nation with thousands of youth 4-H and FFA youth exhibiting their projects.

Fair Food of the Day: Pineapple Dole Whip is a frozen dessert that is similar to soft serve. This gluten-free and vegan treat is served by multiple vendors in a cup, as a float or even in a pineapple. Order an “Oh My” at Martin’s Fine Foods and you’ll receive a pineapple filled with fresh chopped pineapple, pineapple juice and topped off with Pineapple Dole Whip. If you bring back the empty pineapple, you’ll receive a half price refill.

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For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. On the Web, visit us at

The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With a spectacular midway, big-name entertainment, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior fair shows in the nation, the 2017 Ohio State Fair will run July 26 – Aug. 6

For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. On the Web, visit us at

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