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Ohio State Fair

Ohio State Fair

July 24 - August 4

The Ohio State Fair is located at:
The Ohio Expo Center & State Fair
717 East 17th Avenue in Columbus, OH 43211
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The Details

Discover the Ohio State Fair, a favorite family tradition since 1850! Come for the Midway, featuring more than 50 exhilarating rides, and unleash all the fair flavors on your tastebuds with your favorite goodies from one of the amazing food vendors!

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Presale Ride-All-Day Wristbands

Purchase advance-sale ride-all-day wristbands online for $33 through July 23!
Hours of Operation
  • Wednesday, July 24: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 25: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. **Sensory-friendly morning (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
  • Friday, July 26: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 27: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 28: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Monday, July 29: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 30: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 31: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 1: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 2: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 3: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 4: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.


Ride Ticket Info
All Ohio State Fair rides and games are cashless. Reloadable RFID (radio frequency identification) Magic Money cards or wristbands will be scanned at each ride or game.
  • $33 Ride-All-Day Wristband, Advance-sale thru July 23
  • $36 Ride-All-Day Wristband, At the Fair
  • $1 credits — Fairgoers can buy individual ride credits for $1 each. All rides require 3 or more credits.


Where to Buy Ride Tickets and Wristbands

Advance-sale wristbands will be available for online purchase pre-fair.

At the fair, RFID-enabled wristbands and RFID cards can be purchased at magic money kiosks with cash or credit card.

Magic Money Digital Ticketing
All Ohio State Fair rides and games are cashless. Instead, reloadable RFID (radio frequency identification) Magic Money cards or wristbands will be scanned at each ride or game.



What is Magic Money?
Magic Money is Talley Amusements’ state of the art RFID (radio frequency identification) based digital ticketing system.

Where can I reload my Magic Money?
Reload your Magic Money cards or wristbands at one of the hundred points of sale on the grounds with cash or credit. Look for a kiosk labeled “Magic Money.”

Where can I use Magic Money?
Magic Money is accepted at rides and games in Kiddieland and on the Mountain Dew Midway.

Do games still take cash, too?
No, all games are cashless as of this year; they only accept Magic Money.
Sky Glider
One of the world’s longest portable sky rides is right in your backyard at the Ohio State Fair. Hop on at one of the access points in Kiddieland or near the Cardinal Gate and enjoy a relaxing half-mile journey across the Fair. The SkyGlider does not accept Magic Money or use the Midway ride-all-day wristband. Tickets for this attraction are $5 per rider for a one-way ride or $8 for a round-trip ride.


SkyGlider Hours
9 a.m. - 10 p.m., daily
Ride Information
Measure Up Before You Go!
Height Requirement:
48" minimum

** Riders must stand upright and alone throughout this spinning ride. Riders must be able to withstand spinning at a high rate of speed. Riders must ascend/ descend entry/exit stairs.
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
42" with an adult
48" alone
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
42" minimum

** Riders must sit upright and hold on. Entry into the ride requires negotiating elevated steps.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
48" minimum

** Riders must sit upright and hold onto the lap bar and be prepared for strong forces from all directions due to the motion of the ride. Riders must enter the car from the side, which may be on an uneven surface. Riders must extend feet to the floor of the car. Riders must have control of their extremities. Entry/ exit requires negotiating elevated steps and ramps.


Height Requirement:
36" minimum
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
42" minimum

** Rider must walk alone and upright on obstacles such as spinning barrel, moving stairs and floor ways. Riders must ascend/ descend stairs at entry and exit.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
36" with an adult
42" alone

** Riders must negotiate elevated steps and ramps at entry/exit. No single riders.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
36" with an adult
44" alone

** Riders must sit upright and hold on to lap bar. Entry/exit to ride requires negotiating elevated step. This is a family attraction.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
36" minimum

** Rider must negotiate elevated steps.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
55" minimum


Height Requirement:
32" with an adult
36" alone


Height Requirement:
48" minimum

** Riders must sit upright and be restrained by a lap bar and hold onto bar during the ride. Riders must be able to withstand side-to-side and up/down forces. Riders must ascend/descend entry/exit stairs.
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
36" minimum
54" maximum

** Riders must sit upright. Entry into the elephant requires negotiating elevated seat. Maximum height is 54”.
Tickets: 3


Height Requirement:
36" minimum
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
36" minimum

** Riders must sit upright and hold on to lap bar. No Adults
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
36" minimum
48" maximum

** Riders must sit upright. Riders must be able to step into train car. Children only. No Adults
Tickets: 3


Height Requirement:
36" minimum
54" maximum

** Riders must sit upright. Riders ride alone. Entry/exit into the ride requires negotiating elevated steps. Children only. No Adults
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
36" with an adult
42" alone

** Riders must climb a moderately steep ramp and stairs to the top of the slide. Riders must sit up and maintain a seated position while riding down the slide feet first. No head first sliding is allowed.
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
36" with an adult
48" alone

** The elephants contain interactive controls that give each rider the ability to raise or lower each elephant as they wish. Entry/exit into tub requires negotiating elevated step.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
36" with an adult
42" alone

** Riders must climb a moderately steep ramp and stairs to the top of the slide. Riders must sit up and maintain a seated position while riding down the slide feet first. No head first sliding is allowed.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
36" minimum
54" maximum

** Riders must sit upright. Riders ride alone and entry into the ride requires negotiating elevated steps. Children only.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
48" with an adult
42" alone

** Riders must sit upright and have control of their extremities. Riders must ascend/ descend stairs at entry/exit. No single riders.
Tickets: 6


Height Requirement:
42" minimum

** No single riders
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
36" with an adult
42" alone

** Riders must be at least 42" to ride. Riders between 36" and 42" must ride with a supervising companion. Riders must sit upright and hold on to the horses. Riders must step up and off uneven platforms. Bench style seats may be available.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
39" minimum
54" maximum

** Riders must sit upright. Riders must be able to step up into bus. Children only.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
48" minimum


Height Requirement:
36" with an adult
42" alone
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
36" with an adult
42" alone
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
42" minimum

** Riders must sit upright and hold on. Riders must ascend/descend stairs and a small ramp at entry/exit.
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
36" with an adult
42" alone

** Entry/exit into Helicopter requires negotiating elevated step. Riders may control the up/down motion of helicopter as the ride spins.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
48" minimum

** Riders must be able to fit into a confined seat and fit within the over the shoulder restraint. Riders should hold onto the lap bar at all times. Riders must be able to withstand high g-forces along with being inverted. Riders must negotiate stairs upon entry/exit.
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
48" with an adult
52" alone

** Riders must sit upright. Riders must fit within the over the shoulder restraint. Riders must have full control of their arms and legs. Riders must ascend/descend stairs to enter/exit.
Tickets: 6


Height Requirement:
36" minimum

** elevated steps and ramps at entry/exit.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
36" with an adult
42" alone

** Rider must walk alone and upright on obstacles such as spinning barrel, moving stairs and walkways. Riders must ascend/descend stairs at entry and exit.
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
36" minimum
54" maximum

** Riders must sit upright. Riders ride alone. Entry requires negotiating elevated steps. No Adults.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
36" with an adult
42" alone

** Riders must sit upright. The elephants contain interactive controls that give each rider the ability to raise or lower each elephant as they wish Entry/exit into the elephant requires negotiating elevated elephants. Adults may ride.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
42" minimum

** Riders must step up into the kite in a prone position and lay flat. Riders must withstand a spinning ride that turns at a high rate of speed. Each kite holds a 47” RIDER CATEGORY 44” RIDER CATEGORY maximum of 275 lbs. It is not recommended that any child under three ride this ride.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
54" minimum

** Riders will ascend to a height of 120’ and free fall back to the platform Riders must ascend/ descend stairs at entry/exit.


Height Requirement:
36" with an adult
42" alone

** Riders must walk alone and upright while encountering obstacles. Riders must ascend and descend stairs at entry and exit. Riders must be able to climb.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
36" with an adult
42" alone

** Riders must walk alone and upright on obstacles such as mirrors and mazes. Riders must enter/exit by ascending and descending a ramp or stairway.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
36" with an adult
42" alone
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
48" minimum

** Riders must sit upright and fit within the over the shoulder restraint. Riders must hold onto restraint. Riders must ascend/descend ramps/stairs upon entry and exit. Riders must be able to withstand high g-force motion.
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
36" with an adult
48" alone

** Riders must negotiate stairs at entry/exit.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
36" minimum
54" maximum

** Riders must sit upright. Riders ride alone. Entry/exit into the ride requires negotiating elevated steps. No Adults
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
32" with an adult
42" alone

** Riders must sit upright and hold on. Entry/exit require negotiating elevated steps and ramps.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
48" minimum
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
42" with an adult
48" alone

** Riders must sit upright and be restrained by the shoulder harness, operate the foot pedals and the steering wheel. Riders must withstand jarring collisions. Riders must negotiate stairs and ramps upon entry/exit. Must be 48" to drive
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
42" with an adult
48" alone
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
48" minimum

** Riders must sit upright and be restrained by a lap bar and hold onto lap bar during the ride. Riders must withstand strong front to back forces. Riders must ascend/descend stairs/ramps at entry/exit.
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
42" minimum

** Riders must sit upright and hold on. Entry into the ride requires negotiating elevated steps.


Height Requirement:
48" minimum

** Rider must sit upright and have control of their extremities. Rider will be restrained by lap bar and must hold on. Rider will be over 90 in the air and must withstand a spinning ride that turns at a high rate of speed.
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
42" with an adult
48" alone

** Riders must sit upright and hold onto lap bar while ride is in motion. Rider must be able to withstand spinning and sudden drops. Entry/exit into tub requires negotiating elevated step.
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
52" minimum
48" maximum

** elevated steps. Children only.
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
42" with an adult
48" alone

** Riders must sit upright and be restrained by a lap bar and hold onto lap bar during the ride. Riders must withstand strong front to back and side-to-side forces. Riders must ascend/descend stairs at entry/exit
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
36" minimum

** No Adults. Ride will spin while each teacup is self-propelled. Rider must negotiate a step into teacup.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
42" with an adult
52" alone


Height Requirement:
42" with an adult
48" alone

** Riders must sit upright, be restrained by a lap bar and hold onto the lap bar during the ride. Riders must withstand strong front to back and side-to-side forces. Riders must ascend/descend stairs upon entry/exit.
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
44" with an adult
48" alone

** Rider must sit upright. As the ride spins, rider seat is self-propelled.
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
42" minimum

** Riders must sit upright and be restrained by a lap bar and hold onto lap bar during the ride. Riders must withstand strong front to back and side-to-side forces. Rider must be able to negotiate a step up/down into tub.
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
36" minimum

** No Adults
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
36" minimum
54" maximum


Height Requirement:
36" with an adult
42" alone

** Riders must sit upright and hold on to lap bar. Entry/exit to ride requires negotiating elevated steps. This is a family coaster.
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
36" with an adult
42" alone
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
36" minimum
48" maximum

** Riders must sit upright. Riders ride alone. Entry into the ride requires negotiating elevated steps. Children only.
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
36" minimum
Tickets: 4


Height Requirement:
32" minimum


Height Requirement:
42" minimum
77" maximum

** Riders must stand upright and alone during this spinning ride. Riders must ascend/ descend stairs at entry/exit.
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
48" minimum

** No Single Riders. Max weight 340lbs per car. Riders must be secured within the restraint system. Riders must hold on to the grab bars on the inside of the door with both hands when the ride is in motion. The rider must sit upright with hands and feet clear of the lap bar and door. The maximum capacity of each unit is two adults or children, with a maximum weight of 340 lbs. Riders must step up/ transfer up approximately one foot into a very confined compartment and be prepared for strong forces from all directions including becoming inverted.
Tickets: 5


Height Requirement:
42" minimum

** Riders must sit upright and have control of their extremities. Rider must ride alone. Riders must be able to withstand a spinning ride that turns at a high rate of speed.
Tickets: 4



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