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The Ohio Expo Center & State Fair

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Address: 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211-2494
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+1 614-644-3247
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00
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The 360-acre Ohio Expo Center is one of the most dynamic event venues in...

The 360-acre Ohio Expo Center is one of the most dynamic event venues in the Midwest. Located in the heart of Columbus, its 20-building complex provides more than one million square feet of event space under multiple roofs, complemented with parking for 14,000 vehicles. The Ohio Expo Center has been home to the famed Ohio State Fair since 1886.

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Nice place for events

Spent the day at the expo center today attending the Home and Garden Show. Buildings were clean and organized. Events were numerous today so lots to do. Only thing that I did not... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
LJ K
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Columbus, Ohio
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36 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited the Columbus Home & Garden show and found the venue to be spacious, but average. Event management did a good job of moving patrons in by blocking off some of the road and limited the traffic pattern. Once on the grounds, it was far more of a free-for-all with people trying to park with abandon. Inside, it's your... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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326 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Spent the day at the expo center today attending the Home and Garden Show. Buildings were clean and organized. Events were numerous today so lots to do. Only thing that I did not appreciate is that there is no accommodations for dropping off and picking up in the parking lot or by the building. My wife cannot walk long distances... More 

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Thank LJ K
Columbus, Ohio
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Holds over 175 events throughout the year as well as the Ohio State Fair. New building on the premise, continual upgrades being made, friendly staff. Just an overall great place for an event or to attend an event.

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Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was an interesting thing for my grandchildren to have this experience, even in a very cold evening. The scene was beautiful after the "ugly stuffs" are no longer visible so one could focus on the brightly "creatures of many kinds" blown and lit up inside very durable and colorful material. It was like a make-believe world for the kids.... More 

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Thank JvanF
Hilliard, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here to see a tradeshow. It was fine. The facilities are what you expect for agricultural related events. Hence, it makes it affordable for tradeshows and such. Parking was $5. Parking lot is easy to navigate.

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Thank Knot_my_reel_name
Columbus, Ohio
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19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We go to the state fair here every year! We always have a good time, however it's not just for the state fair, many other events take place here like the Arnold Expo and many many other huge events.

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Thank ancientmariner21
Columbus, Ohio
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291 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

It was beautiful and we had a blast. I wish it would have been less crowded so I could have took my time and really enjoyed the displays.

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Thank D Keith A
Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We are in town visiting family and there isn't much to do during the winter. We got there just before five. There was no line to get tickets. We got the family four pack which is a reduced rate. Since we were there early, we were able to see all the lanterns in about thirty minutes. I got lots of... More 

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Loxahatchee, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We were very happy that they still had many of those carnival food business open during the horse show

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Xenia, Ohio
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We attended the Chinese Lantern Expo on Jan. 3rd, 2017. The ticket line went on forever. Ticket price was too high, my opinion. I got the senior discount and still paid $12. They could have easily opened another ticket office. The event was entirely outside. The restrooms for 2 or 3 thousand people were your standard 'Port-Potties'. There were modern... More 

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