The Corn Wall climbing wall in the Ohio Ag&Hort building.

Ohio State Fair The fair opened today and it's $3 for admission until 3 p.m. Tomorrow, show your Kroger Plus Card and each member of your party gets in for $4. On Friday, a non-winning Ohio Lottery ticket gets you in for $4. ***See below for ways to save on food and drinks*** Sunday is free for active-duty military personnel and veterans with I.D. Otherwise, tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. I'll let you know of other special ticket prices next week in my next blog entry. --Get a free ticket voucher when you buy $20 of Kroger dairy products in a single transaction.-- Once in the gate be sure to stop at the booth to get your LOST CHILD I.D. for the kids before you go anywhere else. It's a big place and I was even a little confused about my location today. I had a map, but was confused about the location of Arts & Crafts and Ohio Proud areas. (You cross the street to get to some of the displays.)

Get a map with a list of the day's events at the Information booth after you walk through the gate.

If you go be sure to take plenty of cash to use for parking, food & drink and rides. Lots of rides abound in the Mountain Dew Midway and there's also a Sky Glider which is $3 one-way that provides a birds-eye view and quick way to get across fairgrounds. There are ATMS if you need more money.

TIPS: Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and wear sunblock. If your feet are tired, you can stop by one of the foot massage chairs for $.25 to take a break. Also, there are strollers to rent and I saw some people with wagons for the kids. If you go today and take children of appropriate age, take them to the Natural Resources area to learn to kayak at the Ohio Clean Rivers location. There are exhibits and vendors all over the place. Also, there are more food vendors than one could imagine. They are selling just about any type of fair food you can think of-including deep fried Twinkies, Oreos, Buckeyes, Strawberry Shortcake and even cheese sandwiches. Other items for sale include cheesesteaks, french fries, lemonade, home-brewed root beer, bloomin' onions, cheese on a stick, shaved ice, pepperoni rolls, pepperoni pizza, funnel cakes, turkey legs, roasted corn on a stick, perch sandwiches, Italian sausage, barbecue. I tried a Pig Wing from the Ohio Pork Producers at the Taste of Ohio Cafe. Pig Wings cost $5.50. It was about the same as eating a chicken wing but a little bit better flavor and was very tender and didn't taste like charred even though it was cooked on a grill outdoors. Something else I'd never seen before-Egg on a Stick is also offered in the Taste of Ohio Cafe. The Cafe also has demos of recipes you get to try afterwards on the stage.

Ways to save: Print out coupons for vendors and food at The Ohio State Fair website. Buy a drink and container at a place offering refills. Koolaid/Crystal Light vendors have numerous locations and a container is $7 for a large or $10 for handled bottle.

Lots for the kids to do in the Ag&Hort building and they can plant a sunflower seed to take home and plant a flower to take home, too. There are also interactive games to play in the Seed Survivor display. Also on display are Ohio nuts, soy, corn, honey and maple syrup. Plants, trees and arrangements are also on display throughout the building.

For more information, directions and to print out coupons, visit www.ohiostatefair.com