What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, August 9-11, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 45 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

9:00 AM – Franklin County Engineer’s Office Touch A Truck at the Dublin Road location – kids can get up close to and learn about service vehicles including fire and police! 

10:00 AM – SunflowerFest 2019 at Branstool Orchards – this festival runs August 3-11 and will include hayrides, yoga, vendors, food trucks, live music, painting, and more! Tickets are available online or at the gate as space allows. Tickets are cheaper throughout the weekdays. Buy online to save more.

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission!

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – Commons for Kids offers activities for all ages including carousel rides, inflatables, activities and more! This week’s theme is Circus Day!

10:30 AM – Back to School Party at Polaris Fashion Place – this party takes place outside and includes crafting, outdoor play, photo ops with superheroes and villains, face painting and more! Bring a donation for Stuff the Bus and get to pick from the treasure chest.

2:00 PM – All Ohio Balloon Fest at the Union County Airport – this 3 day festival features live music, a flight simulator, animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo, a Kidz City ($10), plus balloon launches and rides! Tickets available at the gate.

4:00 PM – Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival at Huber Park – this annual festival includes live entertainment, food, vendors, tomato wars, carnival rides, a kid’s corner, chill cook off, salsa challenge and more!

5:00 PM – Festival 2019 – Friday Night at Saint Cecilia Festival – this family-friendly festival features rides, raffles, food, live entertainment and children’s events.

5:00 PM – Creekside Live: The Fabulous Johnson Brothers at Creekside Park & Plaza – enjoy a free concert in the park featuring The Fabulous Johnson Brothers. There will be acoustic performers throughout Creekside from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Campfire Cookout at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – learn basic campfire cooking skills!

6:00 PM – Franklinton Fridays at 400 West Rich – head to Franklinton when the galleries and art studios stay open late for exploring!

7:00 PM – Danny & the Linders | Grove City Summer Sizzle Concert Series in Grove City Town Center – enjoy a free concert in Grove City Town Center!

7:00 PM – Folk Songs Around the Fire at Gallant Farm Park – take part in or listen to songs around a campfire!

7:00 PM – Friday Night Bandstand in Lancaster – enjoy a live concert in downtown Lancaster!

8:00 PM – Movie in the Park: How to Train Your Dragon- The Hidden World at Sharon Woods Metro Park

8:45 PM – Lights, Cameras, Movies at Polaris Fashion Place – watch a free movie int he Polaris Lifestyle Center, bring a blanket or chairs. This week’s movie is The Lego Movie 2.


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SATURDAY

8:00 AM – Farmers’ Festival at North Market – this annual festival celebrates North Market and showcases local farms and vendors. There will be kid’s craft and coloring, a pie baking contest and more!

9:00 AM – Hills Famous $5 Pancake Breakfast at Hills Market – on Saturdays and Sundays you can get 2 pancakes, sausage links and coffee for $5!

9:00 AM – KidsFest 2019 at Groveport Recreation Department – this festival features a touch-a-truck, Cops N’ Kids, and back to school themed activities.

9:30 AM – Author Storytime: Chin Up Chinchilla at Cub Shrub – join author Beth Stafford as she reads her book, Chin Up, Chinchilla. there will be a related craft afterwards.

10:00 AM – Crime and Corruption Day at Ohio Village – spend the day at Ohio Village learning about crime and corruption in the 1890’s! There will be mock trials, crime solving, the True Crime Garage podcast and more!

10:00 AM – Storytime sing-along with Brian Griffin at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – enjoy a reading and singing of Lennon and McCArtney’s “All You Need is Love’ and more during this musical story time!

10:00 AM – SunflowerFest 2019 at Branstool Orchards – this festival runs August 3-11 and will include hayrides, yoga, vendors, food trucks, live music, painting, and more! Tickets are available online or at the gate as space allows. Tickets are cheaper throughout the weekdays. Buy online to save more.

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission!

10:00 AM – Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival at Huber Park – this annual festival includes live entertainment, food, vendors, tomato wars, carnival rides, a kid’s corner, chill cook off, salsa challenge and more!

11:00 AM – Festival Latino 2019 at Genoa Park – This two day festival features live music, dancing, community organizations, artists, a marketplace, food vendors and a free children’s area with a balloon artist, COSI, Mexican flowers, book giveaways, product sampling and more.

11:00 AM – Superhero Day at Easton Town Center – meet your favorite super heroes, enjoy superhero-themed activities and more!

11:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz: Jazz Daddies feat. Maggie Green at Topiary Park – enjoy a story time inside the Main Library, a kid friendly jazz concert in the park at 12:00 PM and art activities from Columbus Museum of Art afterwards.

11:00 AM – All Ohio Balloon Fest at the Union County Airport – this 3 day festival features live music, a flight simulator, animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo, a Kidz City ($10), plus balloon launches and rides! Tickets available at the gate.

4:00 PM – Summer in the 614 Festival at Worthington Village Green – enjoy this family celebration of summer with live music, activities and games, food vendors and more!

4:00 PM Second Saturday | Arts in the Alley in Gahanna – this block party includes artists, vendors, food, larger than life balloon animals and more!

6:00 PM – 28th Annual Opa Opa Event at King Gyros – celebrate 28 years of Greek food with an eating contest, live music, belly dancing and dance lessons!

7:00 PM – National S’mores Day Campfire at Highbanks Metro Park – enjoy s’mores around the campfire.

8:00 PM – Summer Music Series at Franklin Park Conservatory – the Summer Movie Series features 3 free concerts on the grounds of Franklin Park Conservatory. One hour before the concert (starting at 7:00 PM) there will be music and garden inspired activities for kids. Check the link for the list of performances. This is a free outdoor concert. Admission to the Conservatory is not required. 

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Hills Famous $5 Pancake Breakfast at Hills Market – on Saturdays and Sundays you can get 2 pancakes, sausage links and coffee for $5!

10:00 AM – SunflowerFest 2019 at Branstool Orchards – this festival runs August 3-11 and will include hayrides, yoga, vendors, food trucks, live music, painting, and more! Tickets are available online or at the gate as space allows. Tickets are cheaper throughout the weekdays. Buy online to save more.

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission!

10:00 AM – Sunday Sunday in German Village – stroll through German Village enjoying the shops and restaurants. At 1:00 PM there is a tour of German Village and the Actor’s Theatre presents As You Like It in Schiller Park. 

10:30 AM – Summer Fest Family Fitness at Gahanna Sports Factory – visit the new Gahanna Sports Factory to try out free sample classes including Hip Hop Dance, Yoga and Stroller Strides! There will be volleyball and basketball camps, food, sweet treats and jungle gyms. 

11:00 AM – Festival Latino 2019 at Genoa Park – This two day festival features live music, dancing, community organizations, artists, a marketplace, food vendors and a free children’s area with a balloon artist, COSI, Mexican flowers, book giveaways, product sampling and more.

12:00 PM – 2nd Sundays at Ohio Wildlife Center – visit the Ohio Wildlife Center and its inhabitants! An animal enrichment activity will take place at 1:00 PM. $5/person. Kids 5 and under are free.

1:00 PM – Family Creeking Adventure at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – catch fish, bugs and crawdads in the creek!

1:00 PM – Fairy Garden Blowout Sunday at Creative Art Bar Hilliard – – register online and attend this workshop to receive 30% off your creation! Create your own fairy garden or terrarium using rocks, fairy houses and accessories, succulents and more. Ages 3 and up. Register online.

2:00 PM – Columbus Zoo at the Conservatory at Franklin Park Conservatory – meet animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo every second Sunday of the month! Free with admission or membership.

2:00 PM – Summer Community Read Splashdown at Bexley Public Library – celebrate the end of Summer Community Read with food trucks, tie-dying and special appearances from Star Wars characters! at 3:00 there will be a presentation about snakes, turtles, fogs and salamanders.

3:30 PM – August Family Paint // Little Palm Island at Art with Anna – kids ages 6 and up can create and paint a picture with their family and friends. $15/artist. This month’s theme is Little Palm Island. Register online.

5:00 PM – Tram and Campfire at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – take a tram ride around the park and make s’mores at the campfire.

8:00 PM – Summer Music Series at Franklin Park Conservatory – the Summer Movie Series features 3 free concerts on the grounds of Franklin Park Conservatory. One hour before the concert (starting at 7:00 PM) there will be music and garden inspired activities for kids. Check the link for the list of performances. This is a free outdoor concert. Admission to the Conservatory is not required. 

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, August 2-4, 2019

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this weekend? Here are over 45 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

9:00 AM – Ohio State Fair – the Ohio State Fair runs from July 24 – August 4, 2019 and features rides, food, live performances, vendors, animals, kids activities, contests, and so much more! 

9:00 AM – Mini Camp- Intro/ to LEGO Boost Robotics at The SIMPLR STEAM Playground – build a robot made of LEGO blocks and electronic components while learning programming language and competing in an obstacle course! Register online.

10:00 AM – For Kids: Explore Natural Play Area at Highbanks Metro Park – go off trail to look for wildlife. Ages 6-12.

10:00 AM – Forest Fridays at Sunbury Urban Farm – enjoy a nature activity plus free play in the woods. All ages welcome. $5 suggested donation.

10:00 AM – Commons for Kids at Columbus Commons – Commons for Kids offers activities for all ages including carousel rides, inflatables, activities and more! This week’s theme is Character Day!

10:00 AM – Back To School Kick Off at Once Upon A Child – Columbus, OH – tax free weekend includes shopping at Once Upon A Child! They are offering 50% off clearance plus the chance to win an Amazon Fire Tablet. All locations.

10:00 AM – Wands and Wizards Weekend in Lancaster and Beyond  – locations throughout Lancaster and beyond will be offering wizard themed treats, art, contests, crafts and more! Check the link for the schedule of what’s going on where, August 1-3!

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission! 

10:30 AM – KidX: Game Time at Polaris Fashion Place – KidX is a free event featuring games, crafts, face painting, balloon artists and more! This week’s theme is all about sports, health and fitness safety!

3:30 PM – Open Gaming for Kids and Teens at Bexley Public Library – kids ages 8-18 can drop in to play Minecraft, board games, card games, video games and more in the auditorium!

4:00 PM – Dublin Irish Festival – this 3 day festival features live entertainment, food, vendors, a 5K and Kids Dash, a full Irish Mass, children’s activities including a playland, inflatables, rides, and activities. A $10 wristband is required for the playland but there is also a free play area for toddlers. 

4:00 PM  – St. James 36th annual Brats Festival Aug. 2-4 at St. James Lutheran Church (Hilliard, Ohio) – this event will feature authentic German food and beer, live polka music, a 1860’s base-ball game on Saturday, a mime and juggling performance and a worship service on Sunday.

5:30 PM – First Fridays at Reeb Avenue Center – COSI will be at this monthly event for families!

7:00 PM – Friday Night Bandstand in Lancaster – enjoy a live concert in downtown Lancaster!

7:00 PM – Story Time at Night Under the Stars at Wyman Woods Park – kids of all ages can enjoy a camping story time hosted by Grandview Library and Grandview Heights Parks and Rec. There is a free camp out overnight – see link to register for the campout.

7:00 PM – Russell Blue Band | Summer Sizzle Concert Series in Grove City Town Center – this free concert takes place at the George Edge Music Park in Grove City Town Center. 

8:30 PM – Uptown Movie Series in Westerville – this is a free movie on the City Lawn Hall. This week’s movie is Jurassic Park (PG-13).

8:45 PM – Lights, Cameras, Movies at Polaris Fashion Place – watch a free movie int he Polaris Lifestyle Center, bring a blanket or chairs. This week’s movie is Dumbo.

SATURDAY

8:00 AM – Westerville Mom2Mom Sale at Westerville Christian Church – shop for bargains at this consignment sale featuring baby, kids and maternity items.

9:00 AM – Ohio State Fair – the Ohio State Fair runs from July 24 – August 4, 2019 and features rides, food, live performances, vendors, animals, kids activities, contests, and so much more! 

9:00 AM – Market Day at Westgate Farmer’s Market – YMCA Hilltop Educare will be at this week’s market to do story times and offer sensory activities! There will be live music, vendors and Explorer’s Club food truck.

9:00 AM – Hills Famous $5 Pancake Breakfast at Hills Market – on Saturdays and Sundays you can get 2 pancakes, sausage links and coffee for $5!

9:00 AM – FIT4MOM Columbus North’s Free Family Anniversary Party at Highbanks Metro Park – this is a free family event with FIT4MOM Columbus North! This celebration includes a family workout, a playdate and giveaways! RSVP online.

10:00 AM – Author Visit: Lindsay Bonilla at Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers – Lindsay Bonilla will read and sign copies of her book Polar Bear Island!

10:00 AM – Kingwood Kids Day – “Arts in the Garden” at Kingwood Center Gardens – take a road trip to Mansfield for this event that includes activities from local partners, art projects, demonstrations, music and activities! Food and ice cream will be available for purchase and admission is free for all.

10:00 AM – SunflowerFest 2019 at Branstool Orchards – this festival runs August 3-11 and will include hayrides, yoga, vendors, food trucks, live music, painting, and more! Tickets are available online or at the gate as space allows. Tickets are cheaper throughout the weekdays. Buy online to save more.

10:00 AM – Wands and Wizards Weekend in Lancaster and Beyond  – locations throughout Lancaster and beyond will be offering wizard themed treats, art, contests, crafts and more! Check the link for the schedule of what’s going on where, August 1-3!

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission!

11:00 AM – Riddles me these, please at Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm – pick up a list of riddles at the farmhouse and explore the farm to find the answers!

11:00 AM – Dublin Irish Festival – this 3 day festival features live entertainment, food, vendors, a 5K and Kids Dash, a full Irish Mass, children’s activities including a playland, inflatables, rides, and activities. A $10 wristband is required for the playland but there is also a free play area for toddlers. 

11:00 AM – Back-To-School with Easton Town Center – take advantage of Tax Free Weekend at Easton where there will be live entertainment, a fashion preview, giveaways and more!

11:00 AM – Summer Reading Carnival at Marysville Public Library – celebrate the end of the Summer Reading program with games, prizes, treats and more!

11:30 AM – St. James 36th annual Brats Festival Aug. 2-4 at St. James Lutheran Church (Hilliard, Ohio) – this event will feature authentic German food and beer, live polka music, a 1860’s base-ball game on Saturday, a mime and juggling performance and a worship service on Sunday.

1:00 PM – 2019 Pickerington KidsFest at Pickerington Mount Carmel Sports Complex – this event features a foam run, a free family festival with contests, performances, food trucks, scavenger hunt, $5 bounce park and more.

2:00 PM – Storytime LIVE! Hang Out with Curious George and Pinkalicious at Kiddie Academy of Reynoldsburg, OH – RSVP online for this free story time and character meet and greet!

6:00 PM – Free Concert featuring The Navigators at Columbus Commons – enjoy a free concert at Columbus Commons! Food trucks and bar open at 6:00 PM, concert starts at 7:00 PM.

6:00 PM – Game Night! at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – hang out in the Nature Center or play various outdoor yard games!

6:00 PM – Hilltop Art Hop at 3060 Artworks – this monthly Art Hop features live music, featured artists, snacks, games and various activities at the surrounding businesses at the Westgate BusinessWorks.

9:00 PM – Movie In The Park: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at Glacier Ridge Metro Park – watch a free movie in the park! Bring a blanket or chairs.

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – Hills Famous $5 Pancake Breakfast at Hills Market – on Saturdays and Sundays you can get 2 pancakes, sausage links and coffee for $5!

9:00 AM – Ohio State Fair – the Ohio State Fair runs from July 24 – August 4, 2019 and features rides, food, live performances, vendors, animals, kids activities, contests, and so much more! 

10:00 AM – Community Days at Franklin Park Conservatory – on the first Sunday of each month, the Conservatory is free for residents of Franklin County and the City of Columbus (with valid ID) during regular operating hours of 10am to 5pm.

10:00 AM – SunflowerFest 2019 at Branstool Orchards – this festival runs August 3-11 and will include hayrides, yoga, vendors, food trucks, live music, painting, and more! Tickets are available online or at the gate as space allows. Tickets are cheaper throughout the weekdays. Buy online to save more.

10:00 AM – Teacher Appreciation Month at Legoland Discovery Center (Columbus) – teachers can show their school ID or pay stub and receive free admission to LEGOLAND through August 31! Up to 6 friends or family can visit with you and receive $10 off standard admission!

11:00 AM – Dublin Irish Festival – this 3 day festival features live entertainment, food, vendors, a 5K and Kids Dash, a full Irish Mass, children’s activities including a playland, inflatables, rides, and activities. A $10 wristband is required for the playland but there is also a free play area for toddlers. 

11:30 AM – St. James 36th annual Brats Festival Aug. 2-4 at St. James Lutheran Church (Hilliard, Ohio) – this event will feature authentic German food and beer, live polka music, a 1860’s base-ball game on Saturday, a mime and juggling performance and a worship service on Sunday.

3:00 PM – Family Tram Rides at Sharon Woods Metro Park – take a guided tour of the park on the tram! Hop on at one of the “tram stop” signs throughout the park.

6:00 PM – Climbing for Clouds at Vertical Adventures – support research for Clouded Leopards by participating gin an indoor obstacle course, visiting with animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo, enjoying outdoor games and more! $19/person includes a donation to the research. ($7 for members) Register online. 

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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5 Things You Can Do at the Ohio State Fair That Might Surprise You

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Planning to visit the Ohio State Fair this year? With all the fun activities the fair has to offer, these 5 things you can do just might surprise you!

Thanks to the Ohio State Fair for sponsoring this post!

skyline of Columbus Ohio at the Ohio State Fair

Every year my family attends the fair we learn about more and more things the fair has to offer! Once you’re past the admission gate, there are a surprising amount of activities that are included in your ticket price. Last year I wrote about 15 Activities Kids Can Do for Free at the Ohio State Fair, including a petting zoo, a butterfly house, pig races and playing in a big sand box!

As you might suspect, a day at the fair also includes animal shows, rides and carnival games and all the fried food your heart desires. But there are lots of surprises to be had!

5 Things You Can Do at the Ohio State Fair That Might Surprise You:

1. Go Kayaking

kayaking at the Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio

Yes, Kayaking. Make sure you don’t miss the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Park which is full of family-friendly activities like a butterfly house, a train-themed playground, touch-a-truck, a large sand box with construction vehicles, a talking Smoky the Bear who will call your child by his or her name and much more – including kayaking!

Check in at the kayak pond to receive a time slot and take a kayak out on the water! It’s free and life jackets are available!

2. Ride a Camel

Camel Rides at the Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio

Horses, yes, but did you know you can also ride a camel at the fair? Camel Rides are available every day from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM in the Meijer Kiddieland area and are $7 per person.

3. Drive a Model Train

model trains at the Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio

Tucked away in the Kasich Building are several model train displays furnished by the Central Ohio Model Railroad Club. The intricate towns and countrysides were fun to see and the displays were in multiple scales from tiny to large! If you have Thomas the Train fans, make sure to stop in this building because kids can take turns driving Thomas and Percy around the track!

model train at the Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio

While you’re in the building, don’t miss the amazing homemade cakes that are on display as well as the items that were entered under this year’s Wizard of Oz Theme!

model train display at the Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio

4. Eat Deep Fried Larvetes

larvets at the Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio

Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that it’s now a thing to eat deep fried cream-cheese Larvets. Larvae. Bugs. Baby Insects. Or as it says on the box “The original worm snax”. Nestled in cream cheese, battered and deep fried, they’re still hard to miss. Not that I tried them.

deep fried Larvetes at the Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio

Kudos to Nikki of SweetlyCbus and Megan of EatPlayCbus for taking one for the team. I’ll pass.

5. Meet a Walking, Talking Robot

walking robot at the Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio

You’re going to have to keep an eye out for this one because there’s no set time or place to see him, but when he’s nearby, you can’t miss him! Rock-It the Robot is a 9 foot talk, singing, walking and talking robot who can interact with the crowd! He’s actually quite a sight to see and it feels like he can really see you. My kids were freaked out – but they still couldn’t take their eyes off of him!

There’s a lot to see, do and eat at the Ohio State Fair! It’s 12 days of fun in the sun! Here are a few tips!

5 Tips for Attending the Ohio State Fair:

ride at night at the Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio

1. Bring a water bottle. Of course water is available for purchase but you’ll be happy to have brought your own on these hot days! Glass containers are not permitted. You can also bring in your own food if you want to save some money and bring a meal or snacks!

2. Bring cash. A majority of the vendors do not take cards. There are ATM machines on the premises if you get in a bind, but: fees. Parking is $5 cash at the get go, so make sure to have plenty of cash on hand!

Ferris Wheel at the Ohio State Fair

3. Consider buying your tickets ahead of time at Kroger or a AAA location. You’ll save $2-4/person that way! Kids 5 and under are free!

4. Check in your child at one of the Lost Kids/Highway Patrol stations to receive a “Lost Kid Tag” to help identify your child if you get separated!

5. There are two family-care stations where you can change diapers and nurse your baby in private. These stations are in Meijer Kiddieland and Taste of Ohio Café. There are additional nursing stations in Kasich Hall and the Bricker Marketplace Building.

Have fun this year at the Ohio State Fair!

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