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The 2017 Ohio State Fair: Music, food, beer

Published: July 26, 2017 12:00 AM

The 164th Ohio State Fair kicks off at 9 a.m. Wednesday and will run through Aug. 6.

Tickets are $10 per day for those ages 13-59 and $8 for those five to 12 or 60 and older. Children under five get in free.

Entertainment at the WCOL Celeste Center scheduled for the 2017 Ohio State Fair includes:

July 26, 7 p.m., Hometown Sounds featurng McGuffey Lane, Erica Blinn, Colin Gawel & The League Bowlers. Free.

July 27, 6:30 p.m., The KIDZ BOP kids, Best Time Ever Tour. $15.

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July 28, 7:30 p.m., BWB Jazz Jam with Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown. $25.

July 29, 7 p.m., Alabama. $55 or $40.

July 30, 7:30 p.m. Gabriel Iglesias FluffyMania: 20 Years of Comedy. $35 or $25.

July 31, 7 p.m., King & Country with Zach Williams. $35 or $25.

Aug. 1, 1 p.m., The Carpenters Tribute with Michelle Whited. Free.

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Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m., Cole Swindell with special guest Jenny Tolman. $37 or $27.

Aug. 2, 7 p.m., George Thorogood and The Destroyers, with .38 Special. $32 or $22.

Aug. 3, 7 p.m., Rascal Flatts: Rhythm and Roots Tour. $85 (pit), $65 or $45.

Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m., Joe with special guests Ro James and Kevin Ross. $25.

Aug. 5, 7 p.m., Pentatonix. Sold out.

For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. On the Web, visit us at ohioexpocenter.com.

With 195 food and drink vendors at the Fair, picking something to eat can be even more difficult than usual. From classic funnel cakes to deep fried Oreos wrapped in bacon, the Fair has it all. This year, the Ohio State Fair has several new food options from a variety of vendors. Some of the new items include:

Cereal & Milk Ice Cream Dairy Products Building, Taste of Ohio Caf

Crepes Martin's Fine Foods

Entertain your fancier side with sweet and savory crepes. Try the savory chicken Caesar salad crepes or the sweet crepe combinations including peanut butter banana, strawberry, Nutella and more!

Totchoes Dickerson & Kenna

Get the best of both worlds when tater tots meet nachos. Instead of tortilla chips, crispy tots are topped with cheese, red onions, bacon, jalapeo and sour cream.

Chocolate Chip Cookies Eaton Cookies

America's favorite cookie is now available at the Fair.

Specialty Tater Tots Fun Time Foods

You name it, we got it! Regular tots, cheesy tots, chilly cheese tots, Philly tots, Texas tots, buffalo tots, tots n' debris, gumbo tots, poutine tots, Greek tots, breakfast and bacon tots.

Deep-Fried Tacos Bailey Concessions

If you thought there were no more foods to be fried, think again!

Deep-Fried Cheese Curds Squeaky'sCheese Shack

The curds are made in central Ohio, delivered daily and served fresh.

If the new food items don't sound appetizing, don't worry. The Fair will continue to have your go-to Fair foods such as funnel cakes, lemon shake-ups, corn dogs and more!

The Ohio State Fair Food Finder can search any food or shopping item using our mobile and desktop friendly website, ohiostatefair.com. Find food at your fingertips using the convenient food finder map.

The All-Ohio State Fair Band and Choir will be celebrating another year as musical entertainers for the Ohio State Fair. This will be the All-Ohio State Fair Band's 93rd year, while this will be the All-Ohio State Fair Choir's 54th year.

The band, directed by Brian Dodd, has been a featured attraction of the Ohio State Fair since 1925. AOSFB began as an all-boys band with 250 boys split into five separate bands. Today, the All-Ohio State Fair Band will have 201 musicians and they will all play under a single co-ed band.

The choir, directed by John C. Peterson, was founded in 1963. The first choir had 180 members, similar to the 178 members that are performing this year.

From this region, participants include:

Jakob Reveal, choir, Coshocton County

Tessa Peters, Alexis Adair, Sophie Wheeler, band, Guernsey County

Derek Kocsis, Dylan Garretson, band, Tuscarawas County.

Also new to the Ohio State Fair is the Fair's first-ever Hometown Sounds and Craft Beer Fest on Wednesday, July 26 in the Celeste Center. The event will feature a free concert from Hometown Sounds at 7 p.m. and a chance to try craft beers from all over Ohio starting at 4 p.m.

According to the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, Ohio ranks #4 in craft beer production, brewing 1,385,100 barrels of craft beer in 2015. As of 2017, there are 173 breweries operating in Ohio, 39 of which opened last year, and 35 breweries are located in Columbus.

Breweries include:

Black Cloister Toledo

Columbus Brewing Co. Columbus

Great Lakes Cleveland

Fat Head's Cleveland

Jackie O's Athens

MadTree Cincinnati

Maumee Bay Toledo

Four String Brewing Columbus

Rhinegeist Cincinnati

Warped Wing Dayton

Yellow Springs Dayton

Little Fish Brewing Athens

The craft beer industry also makes quite the economic impact in Ohio. In 2015, the craft beer industry was responsible for $2.16 billion. According to the Columbus Craft Beer Week website, central Ohio is home to 150 beer bars, growler shops and bottle stores and over 300 restaurants serving craft beer, in addition to the craft breweries.


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