Fun at the Fair

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Summer in Ohio means county fairs, and one of the biggest in central Ohio gets underway this weekend.

The 99th Franklin County Fair kicks off July 16 and runs through July 23. Admission is $6 for ages 2 and older, with a charge for some activities, including rides, though advance discounts are available.

Family activities include a petting zoo, a kids' tent with agricultural activities, the Zerbini Family Circus, the Junior Fair, appearances by safety characters (including Smokey Bear) and a kiddie tractor pull. For the full schedule of events, go to

New this year is the Franklin County Fair Junior Surveyors Treasure Hunt Adventure for Kids. The Franklin County Engineer's Office will lead a search through the fairgrounds to locate and collect lost toy treasures. The free event for ages 5-12 will be held at select times July 18-22. Advance registration is required. Sign up here.

For a statewide schedule of Ohio's county fairs, check out this handy list from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.