Highlights from the State Fair

Giant Slide

Open daily, Near Kiddieland

The big yellow slide has been a staple at the fair for many decades. Sliders climb 105 steps to the top of the Giant Slide, then take a 140-foot ride at about 15 mph. About 1,500 fairgoers ride the Giant Slide every hour.

Chocolate Pig and Piglets

9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, DiSalle Creative Arts Center

The butter cow is so passe. This year fans of chocolate-covered bacon will be wowed by the fair's newest edible sculpture - a 500-pound chocolate pig, accompanied by cute little cocoa piglets.

Buckeye Sports Fest

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6 , Celeste Center

This year Buckeye fans have the opportunity to meet Ohio State athletes and coaches. Chat with members and staff from the wrestling, hockey, gymnastics, soccer, volleyball and basketball teams. While you're there, get discounts on upcoming sporting events and try out a few Buckeye interactive stations.

Tractor Square Dancing

1-5 p.m., Aug. 5, JD Equipment Taft Coliseum

You've probably never seen anything like it. A group of eight tractors will promenade to instructions by a square dance caller. Even better, the dancing machines will be decorated. How can you say no to pretty dancing tractors?

Crazy chickens

8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, Rabbit/Poultry Pavilion

These chickens ain't your average poultry. Some of them are fluffy, some of them are multicolored. But they all have an air of arrogance (or should I say, cockiness) - they regularly preen and always keep their heads held high.


9:45 p.m. daily

Fireworks were an unfortunate victim of budget cuts a few years back, but they'll return this year. Don't miss the colorful explosions, which will light up the sky each night at approximately 9:45 p.m.

Pig races

Multiple times daily, Kiddieland

Watch these cute little swine speed around the track. Want to know what inspires them to run so quickly? The winner doesn't get eaten. (Just kidding.)

Budweiser Clydesdales

10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, just north of 17th Avenue

The beer company's famous horses will return to the fair this year. Come check out the huge beauties' feather, which is the long white hair that covers their hooves. Fun fact: Clydesdales can eat as much as 50 pounds of hay per day.

Beer and wine

Celeste Center and Taste of Ohio

Unlike at most state fairs, where fairgoers can get sloshed and then drunkenly eat too much fried food, the Ohio fair didn't offer booze before this year. But now you can find Ohio-made wine and beer at the Celeste Center during certain, adult-oriented concerts and at the Taste of Ohio, the circular mid-fairgrounds building where Ohio-grown food is served.

The Great Sugardale BAC-ON

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, July 30, Main Street Stage

Do you get the pun? Because it's not a bake-off! Har har. Sugardale's bacon-cooking contest will award the person who makes the tastiest meat a $3,000 grand prize.