2018 Back to School Expo

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Thanks to everyone who participated in our third annual Back to School Expo, sponsored by Columbus Parent and ThisWeek Community News. The event was held Aug. 4, 2018, along Fenlon Street at Easton.

A variety of exhibitors offered information on topics such as education, entertainment, extracurricular activities, healthy living and sports. The event also offered children’s games and activities as well as onstage performances, demonstrations and more than $2,600 in prizes.

Legoland Discovery Center Columbus Master Model Builder Maxx Davidson held an interactive, stage-side build with children. A back-to-school fashion show featured styles from Athleta, Banana Republic and Macy’s. Other entertainers included sidewalk-chalk artist Edwin John Yang, face-painters, balloon artists and stilt-walkers.

The event coincided with Ohio’s Tax-Free Weekend, a “sales tax holiday” that waives taxes on certain clothing and supply purchases made Aug. 3-5.

Presenting Sponsor

Performance Academies


Lucky Shoes (prize sponsor)

Orthopedic ONE

Grand Prize Sponsors

American Girl

River Expeditions

Gift Card Donors

Café Zupas

Cheryl’s Cookies

Elements Massage

Forever 21

Legoland Discovery Center Columbus

Lucky Shoes

New Balance

Piada Italian Street Food

ZipZone Outdoor Adventures


Columbus Fencing & Fitness

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland

Inspire Elementary School



Legoland Discovery Center Columbus

Merion Village Dental

Ohio Reading Corps

Pinnell Dance Centre

Recreations Outlet

Ronin Training Center

Stars Indoor Sports

Total Education Solutions

Tutor Doctor of Central Ohio

Universal Windows Direct

Venture Out Resorts

Window Nation