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Ohio State Fair presents Dolly, Kenny and many more


The Ohio State Fair welcomed nearly one million people through the gates in 2015, and this year’s entertainment line up should help them eclipse that number in 2016. The roster of stars performing during the 12-day celebration of Ohio includes Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Maddie & Tae, John Kay,  Steppenwolf and many more.  The Ohio State Fair will bring a wide range of entertainers to its already full slate of cows, horses, pigs, rides and attractions. This year’s fair will be held July 27 through August 7. “We love to put on a Fair with great concerts for all tastes. We strive to offer a line-up with a variety of genres that appeal to many Ohioans,” General Manger Virgil Strickler said. “As an added bonus, each ticket purchased in advance includes free admission to the Fair. This gives music lovers the opportunity to arrive early and experience the Fair and end their day at a great concert.”

Here’s the full entertainment lineup:

July 27 – Yes, 7 p.m.

July 28 – Lecrae, 7 p.m.

July 29 – Charlie Puth with special guest DNCE, 7 p.m.

July 30 – Maddie & Tae with special guest Levi Hummon, 7 p.m.

July 31 – All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir Concert, 1 p.m.; Kenny Rogers’ Final World Tour with special guests The Oak Ridge Boys and Linda Davis, 7:30 p.m.

August 1 – Rachel Platten//A Great Big World, 7 p.m.

August 2 – That Mancini Magician, Noon; Dolly Parton, 7:30 p.m.

August 3 – John Kay & Steppenwolf with special guest Foghat, 7 p.m

August 4 – Jeff Dunham 7 p.m.

August 5 – Keith Sweat//After 7, 7 p.m.

August 6 – Matthew West with special guest Lauren Daigle, 7 p.m.

August 7 – Sale of Champions Livestock Auction, 7 p.m.

The following options are available to purchase tickets:

1. Ticketmaster online – Visit

2. Ticketmaster outlets – Visit http:// / for a complete list

3. Ticket-master phone centers – Call 1-800-745-3000

For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR or visit

The fair gates are open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day of the fair (closes at 7 p.m. on Aug. 7); commercial exhibit buildings, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; /Youth Center, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. (closes at 6 p.m. on Aug. 7)/; Martin Janis 50 + Center, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; /other exhibit buildings, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (some close at 8 p.m. on Aug. 7)/; rides (Mountain Dew Midway), 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. (open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays).

Gate admission prices/ are: Adults: (13 – 59): $10/; Youth: (5 – 12): $8; Senior: (60+): $8; /children under five free

Ride coupons are $1 each. Special ride-all-day wristbands are available for $25:// Kiddie rides, 1 coupon; /Super Kiddie rides, 2 coupons; Spectacular rides, 2 coupons/; Super Spectacular, 3 coupons

Save on gate admission prices with $6 tickets available through Aug. 7 at Kroger, participating O’Reilly Auto Parts retail stores, participating AAA locations with AAA membership and Ticketmaster outlets. Purchase ride-all-day wristband vouchers (to be redeemed at the Fair for a wristband) for $20 at Kroger stores and Ticketmaster outlets through July 26 only.

Special Days and discounts include:

Wednesday, July 27, WSYX//WTTE Opening Day: $3 admission until 3 p.m.

Thursday, July 28, Kroger Feeds Ohio Day Just remember 2-3-4: When you bring 2 canned food items per person to a booth outside the gates, you will receive a voucher good for $3 admission before 4 p.m. All food donations will go to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Thursday, July 28, PBS KIDS WOSU Day: Join WOSU Public Media from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Central Park today for a chance to meet favorite PBS KIDS characters including Daniel Tiger, Peg + Cat, Super Why and more! Enjoy family-friendly activities and check out a live radio broadcast.

Saturday, July 31 Molina Healthcare Day: Proudly providing affordable and quality healthcare to families and individuals covered by government programs for 30 years, Molina Healthcare welcomes its employees and their families, its members and all other guests.

Sunday, July 31, 811 Day sponsored by Marathon Pipe Line LLC: Marathon Pipe Line LLC proudly welcomes everyone to the Fair today and reminds them to ALWAYS call 811 before digging. Veterans & Military Day/Veterans and active military are given free admission with appropriate identification.

Monday, Aug. 3, NBC4 Family Value Day: Until 6 p.m., adults will be admitted for the kid’s admission price of $8, and kids 12 and under will be admitted free. With the purchase of one wristband, a second rider can ride free until 6 p.m. with a hand stamp. After 6 pm, all riders will need either a wristband or vouchers to ride.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, National Church Residences’ Senior Day: Seniors ages 60 and up can enjoy reduced admission of just $4 at the gate all day long.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, QFM 96 Fair Attitude Wednesday: Fairgoers will enjoy $5 admission all day. Mattress Firm Day: Double your deal! Pick up a voucher at any participating Mattress Firm store throughout the state and receive one free admission with the purchase of one $5 admission on August 3 only.

Thursday, Aug. 4, AAA Member Day: Show your current membership card at a booth outside entrance gates to receive $4 admission vouchers for each member in your party.

Friday, Aug. 5, Ohio Lottery Day: Patrons 18 and over may present a non-winning Ohio Lottery ticket at a booth outside entrance gates to receive one $4 admission voucher.

Saturday, Aug. 6, Ohio Soybean Day: One Ohio soybean farmer or Ohio Soybean Association member will be given free Fair admission, with each member in their party receiving $4 admission with voucher from Ohio Soybean News magazine.

Sunday, Aug. 7,Pepsi-Cola Day: Bring any empty Pepsi-Cola brand product to a booth outside the entrance gates for a $3 admission voucher for every member in your party before 3 p.m.

Parking at the Ohio State Fair is $5 per vehicle; easy access to AAA parking lots from I-71 at the 17th Avenue exit and the Hudson Street exit at Silver Drive. Handicapped parking available. Ride the complimentary AAA Courtesy Shuttles to and from the main entrance gate and your vehicle.

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