Franklin County Fair offers inexpensive entertainment.

Fair food, 4-H animals and Dock Dogs from my visit during opening day. The fair runs through July 19. For details and a daily schedule, visit

What you'll see:

Animals being shown and on display in the 4-H barn, 4-H contests, Dock dogs, fair food, amusements, games, County Engineer, Fire and Sheriff display and information tents, entertainment, carnival rides and vendors.


New this year is the "Agri-Cool" tent teaching participants about agriculture sponsored by Ohio Proud. You can see what it's like to milk a cow, compare your weight to that of a farm animal on a giant scale, and learn about agriculture.

Numerous animals are on display from rabbits, to chickens, to sheep to cows and more in the 4-H barn. There's also a petting zoo featuring Pedro the donkey, goats, chickens and cows. In an adjacent 4-H tent, contests such as a Lego-building event I saw, take place. Nearby the 4-H groups sell drinks and snacks for a reasonable price from a food trailer. The 4-H will have a dinner Friday evening.

Crafts and Harness Exhibit

In the Edwards building visitors will find crochet, quilts, photography, jams, plants and more are on display and will be judges, with some already garnering ribbons. Also jin the building is the harness racing exhibit. Harness racing has gained in popularity and tomorrow (Sunday, July 13) at 11:30 the fair will feature a harness racing 101 class before harness racing begins at 1 p.m.


Rides such as a ferris wheel, carousel, scrambler, crazy bus, extreme drop, Pharaoh's Fury winging boat ride and more are offered from Bates Entertainment. Tickets are $1 each and it takes 2 tickets for a small child ride or 3 tickets for a bigger ride. Ride pass bands are $15.


The usual fair food is lined up along the walkway and includes: french fries, dippin dots, philly sandwiches, gyros, chicken pitas and nuggets, Italian ice, frozen yogurt truck with toppings, Der Dutchman, Auntie Anne's, New York Style Pizza, Italian sausage, popcorn, flavored almonds, cotton candy, candy apples, elephant ears, funnel cakes, tacos, Icee, Bob Evans breakfast items, Sno Kones, caramel corn, handmade ice cream, lemon shake ups/lemonade and deep fried oreos. Prices are around $8-12 for a meal (sandwich and drink) with elephant ears priced at $5, Auntie Anne's Pretzels $4, Gyros $6.50, lemonade $3-6, caramel apples $3.50.

Trinity UMC from Grove City also has a tent near the Dellinger Building with coney dogs, pulled pork sandwiches and more. Bob and Don's Handmade ice cream is hidden away near the sheriff's tent.

Entertainment and events

In addition to rides and the entertainment tent featured shows are a number of other fun things to see:

-Fast Traxx Motocross will be at the Grandstand at 7:30 p.m.

-Dock Dogs is a challenge where dogs are sent by a handler down a pathway to a large pool after a toy to see how far they can jump. It's lots of fun to watch and see the different dogs. One dog even had a "swimsuit" and this dog, Teddy Bear, did pretty well in his category. Competitions are featured every day.

-Cincinnati Circus will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 13, and following their show families can interact with the show staff to learn about how they do their tricks and about their animals.

-Smash It Demolition Derby includes a lawnmower demolition derby at the Grandstand this year.

**The fair is located at 4100 Columbia St. in Hilliard. Admission is $6 per person and free parking. Bring money for food, drinks and rides.

Video from the fair on opening day: