When the summer comes around and the sun beats down, residents of Columbus have the most fun option of all available to them for family fun beginning next week! Packing up the entire crew for a night of rides, food, and entertainment is one of the best ways to make a memory that will last a lifetime. Far behind in the rear-view mirror are the days when snow and ice make activity tougher, and the summer’s peak is a prime time to come check out this yearly event full of thrills and showmanship.
From the recognizable twang of country to side-splitting comedy, there is something for everyone during the scheduled concert series this summer. For the younger ones in your entourage, the Kidz Bop Kids are taking the stage on July 27, spreading fun times and good vibes with this stop on their Best Time Ever Tour. On Friday July 28, the BWB Jazz Jam takes place: starring Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, and Norman Brown, this will be a smooth and refined addition to the annual lineup. When legendary Delta men takes the stage on Saturday the 29th, you’ll get to see just how awesome this act is that has over 27 number one hits under their belt. This is a band that never fails to deliver the goods during a live performance, and really holds their claim to the song and namesake “Dixieland Delight”.
A perfect pick for a date night is to come and check out Gabriel Iglesias on July 30: this stop on the “FluffyMania: 20 Years of Comedy” tour is sure to induce you into a state of full-blown laughter and infectious smiles. His unique blend of storytelling, affected voices, and sound effects is sure to lift your spirits, and let you leave your stress far behind in the cubicle. Rascall Flatts will lay down his unique brand of country on August 3, when you can see him sizzle on this leg of the “Rhythm and Roots” tour. Cole Swindell is also another heavy-hitting country artist that you won’t want to miss: during his performance on August 1, he’ll show why his singles such as “Hope you get lonely tonight” and “Middle of a Memory” rose to popularity so quickly.
The All-Ohio State Fair Band and Youth Choir Concert, King & Country, The Carpenters Tribute, and George Thorogood and The Destroyers are a few of the other acts you can catch this year at the Fair. The Pentatonix are leading the bill on a show that has already sold out: the evening of August 5th is when this famous acapella group will grace the stage. Ticketmaster online is the portal to use for scoring seats to these premiere events, or you can choose their phone center option by calling 1-800-745-3000.
For some useful and informative summer fun, check out the “Ag is Cool” interactive education stations. These various stations throughout the fair allow you to have a deep view of how agriculture affects your everyday life, via the experiences of milking a cow, learning the difference between hay and straw, and numerous other educational displays. The iFlip Aerial Acrobatics is a thrilling array of talented acrobats and stunt performers who put on an exciting show with trampolines, bungees, and other means of their illustrious launches.
The Central Ohio Model Railroad Club Exhibit is for anyone who revels in the enjoyment of model trains: there will also be a just-for-kids Thomas and Friends section. Putting together a display such as this is no small feat: many hours of preparation are needed to get the very intricately-woven tracks and city panoramas ready for this magical viewing experience. Your kids will be delighted at the chance to make their artistic mark on the giant fair mural each day, and mom and dad will be relieved to know that the paint is 100% washable.
Our agency’s premiere pick for the displays this year is the OSU “Phun With Physics” number: liquid nitrogen experiments, the Spinning Barf Wheel of Science, rocket launching, and other showings will give you a swift kick of nerd-inspired knowledge. The many rides, attractions, food offerings, and musical performances of the Ohio State Fair never disappoint. Serving up world-class excitement since 1850, a visit to the fair will be a welcome extravaganza, as well as a choice chance to fully unwind.