Ultimate opening week guide to the 2018 Ohio State Fair

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio State Fair officials kicks off this week. 

On Monday, ride inspections got underway. There will be more than 60 rides this year on the midway, from Ferris wheel to free-fall drops. Also back is the popular SkyGlider and Giant Slide and tons of options for kids at Kiddieland.

The 189 food vendors are also starting their set up for what they’re hoping will be a long, successful fair season. Once again, they’ll be answering the age old question: Can it be fried? That answer is yes for a ton of items like fried butter, fried gummy bears, fried mashed potatoes, fried cheese curds and more. 

And don’t worry: All the classic fair foods like corn dogs and funnel cakes will be available in plenty as well.

Also back this year is the infamous butter sculpture, which will be officially unveiled on Tuesday. You’ll also be able to see one of the biggest buckeyes ever made!

Still trying to plan your visit? Below is a day by day guide of what you can expect during the first week at the fair so you can pick which day is best for you (hint: we highly recommend July 30th).

Wednesday, July 25

Opening day at the Ohio State Fair! The Beach Boys perform at 7pm. Tickets are $30.

Thursday, July 26

Your child can meet some of their favorite PBS Kids characters in person, including Daniel Tiger, Peg & Cat, Super Why and more. Then that night, Reba McEntire performs at 7pm. Tickets to see the Queen of Country Music are sold out.

Friday, July 27

Calling all Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts! Celebrate Fitness Day and Dairy Detective Day activities at 10am. Then that night, check out a performance by TLC at 7pm. Tickets are here.

Saturday, July 28

Catch a shot by The Commodores at 7pm Saturday night by getting your tickets here. You can also see a free show from alternative rock band Sister Hazel at 8:30pm.

Sunday, July 29

The Ohio State Fair says a big thank you to veterans and active military with free admission with appropriate identification. Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah from “The Daily Show” performs on stage at 7:30pm that night.

Monday, July 30

It’s NBC4 Family Discount Day! Adults get in for the kids’ admission price of $8 until 6pm. Kids 12 and under will be admitted free. Wrap up your day with a performance by Casting Crows. Get tickets here.

Tuesday, July 31

Seniors ages 60 and up can enjoy reduced admission of just $4 at the gate all day long. Then its all about the kids at 6:30pm when Kidz Bop Live 2018 takes the stage at 6:30pm. Get tickets here.

Looking for even more things to do at the fair?

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