Ohio state fair will not be open to the general public in 2021

COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Fair will be limited to livestock and educational competitions for exhibitors, their families and guests, in 2021, organizers announced this morning.

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“For the last several months, we have been weighing options for how to safely open the gates to the 2021 Ohio State Fair,” a Facebook post read. “While we are hopeful that we will soon be on the other side of this pandemic, the reality is that cases of COVID-19 remain high, and we just don’t know how things will look in July.”

Fair organizers said the fair is expected to begin on July 19, but the fair will not be open to the general public.

“Many of the typical things associated with the Ohio State Fair rides, concerts, entertainers, live music, food vendors, and shopping are expected to return in 2022,” the fair said in a statement. “This decision will not only help to protect the health and safety of Ohioans, it will also protect the long-term financial viability of the fair.”

The 2022 state fair is expected to be held from July 27 to August 7.

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