COLUMBUS -- The 156th Ohio State Fair is just around the corner. Come check out the exhibits, enjoy some fair food and view the thousands of entries and competitions the fair has to offer!The fair will be July 29 through Aug. 9. Fair admission gates open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., except Aug. 9 which is 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Commercial exhibit buildings are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. K12/Ohio Virtual Academy Youth Center is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Janis Center is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and all other exhibit buildings are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The midway is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight. Gate admission prices are $10, adults (13-59); $8, youth (5-12); $8, senior (60+); and free for children under age five.Special ride-all-day wristbands are available for $20.There is discounts on admission and ride wristbands available. Save on gate admission prices with $6 tickets available through Aug. 9 at Kroger, participating AAA locations and Ticketmaster outlets. Purchase ride-all-day wristband vouchers (to be redeemed at the Fair for a wristband) for only $17 at Ticketmaster outlets through July 28 only.Special Discount Days include: Wednesday, July 29 -- WBNS 10 TV & ONN Opening Day with $3 admission until 3 p.m.Thursday, July 30 -- Kroger Day. Kroger Plus Card members: Present your card at a booth outside entrance gates to receive a $4 admission coupon for each member in your party. Saturday, Aug. 1 -- AEP Ohio Day Sunday, Aug. 2 -- Time Warner Cable Day, Printing Industries Association of Ohio/N. Kentucky Day Veterans & Military Day. Free admission for veterans and active military with appropriate identification. Monday, Aug. 3 --NBC4 Family Value Day until 6 p.m., adults will be admitted for the kids' admission price of $8, and kids 12 and under will be admitted free. With the purchase of one wristband, a second rider can ride free until 6 p.m. with a handstamp. After 6 p.m., all riders will need either a wristband or coupons to ride.Tuesday, Aug. 4 -- AAA "Show Your Card and Save" Day. AAA members: Show your membership card at a booth outside entrance gates to receive a $4 admission coupon for each member in your party.Wednesday, Aug. 5 -- QFM 96 Fair Attitude Wednesday. Fairgoers will enjoy $5 admission all day.Thursday, Aug. 6 -- Meijer Day. Meijer customers: Present a "Back-to-School" proof-of-purchase receipt at a booth outside the entrance gates and receive a $4 admission coupon for each member in your party. Friday, Aug. 7 -- Ohio Farm Bureau Day and Ohio Lottery Day. In honor of The Ohio Lottery's 35th Anniversary, each person who shows a non-winning Ohio Lottery ticket at a booth outside the entrance gates will receive a 3.50 admission coupon.Saturday, Aug. 8 -- FORD Day Sunday, Aug. 9 -- Coca-Cola Final Fair Day. Bring your specially marked neck hanger, or any Coca-Cola product to a booth outside entrance gates for a $3 admission coupon for each member in your party before 3 p.m.All special days and discounts are not valid with other offers.Stroller, wagon, wheelchair and locker rentals are available at the Cardinal and OHIO gates only (these are the two main entrance gates). Strollers, wagons, wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs and lockers will be available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. Rental for the equipment costs $9 per day, stroller; $13 per day, wagon; $15 per day, manual wheelchair; $45 per day or $30 after 5 p.m., electronic scooters; and $1 per locker per day, lockers.Parking is $5 per vehicle. Easy access to AAA Parking Lots from I-71 at the 17th Avenue exit and the Hudson Street exit at Silver Drive. Handicapped parking is available. Ride the AAA Road Service Shuttles to and from the main entrance gate and your vehicle.On-grounds shuttle available. Hop on board the free shuttle for transportation around the fair. It makes frequent stops around the perimeter of the grounds.For fair information, call (614) 644-3247, 1-888-OHIO-EXPO or visit