It’s the final weekend for the 2015 Ohio State Fair, and there’s plenty to be excited about. The Fair is a great destination for people of all ages with many events and attractions to keep the whole family interested. It’s your last chance for the year to see all of the livestock you want, pig out on fried food you didn’t even know existed and take in all of the fun that this annual event has to offer. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend.
Deep Fried Everything
The Ohio State Fair is notorious for having the most delicious, out-of-this-world deep fried food you can think of. Some popular favorites are deep fried Oreos and deep fried buckeyes (how couldn’t those be a favorite in Ohio?). And what about all of that delicious food on a stick? From classics like corn dogs and candied apples to deep-fried manicotti on a stick for the more adventurous eater, you may want to put your diet on hold for the day.
The butter sculptures are a fun tradition that fair-goers look forward to every year. This year, the butter sculpture honors beloved Ohio State NCAA football coach Urban Meyer with the national championship trophy, as well as fan-favorite Brutus Buckeye. The display took over 500 hours of work and joins the traditional butter cow and calf. You can find these buttery carvings in the Dairy Products Building, along with some tasty dairy treats.
There’s nothing better than cheering for adorable little piglets running around a track, racing each other. This is a fun spectacle for the whole family to enjoy. Adults and children are chosen out of the crowd to ‘represent’ a pig and are awarded a prize if their piglet wins the race. The Pig Races are held five times a day throughout the weekend, so make sure you check out one of the cutest events at the Fair.
Sale of Champions Livestock Auction
The annual Sale of Champions Livestock Auction is the last day of the Fair. This event is free to all of those at the Fair and rakes in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year just in livestock. The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champions are put up for auction to the public to purchase and essentially turn into some premium meat. Come by the Celeste Center on August 9at 2 p.m. if you’re looking to purchase some beef or chicken or if you want to drop upwards of $40,000 to have a cool new pet.
As the fair wraps up this weekend, take time to enjoy it with your friends or family. After all, it only comes once a year! What is on your list to see at the Fair this weekend? Tweet at @ColumBUZZ614 or leave us a comment below.