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Five family-friendly festival and fairs to attend this summer

Five family-friendly festival and fairs to attend this summer

Jack McLaughlin

Lancaster Festival
July 20-29
For 10 full days, Lancaster Festival brings a wide variety of music, art and more to central Ohio. With 76 different events, more than half of which are free, the event is a great choice for fair-going families.

Franklin County Fair 
July 17-23
While we all know and love the Ohio State Fair, its Franklin County counterpart has been held itself for more than a century at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard. Did we mention you can purchase a $20 wristband for unlimited rides?

Ohio State Fair
July 26-Aug. 6 
Speaking of the Ohio State Fair, this annual event is the cornerstone of summer festivals in the great state of Ohio, and for good reason. Visitors can take a ride high above the crowds on the SkyGlider, sample fascinating fair foods and much more.


The Hartford Fair
Aug. 6-12
Billed as the “biggest little fair in the world,” this annual event in Croton, Ohio (approximately 45 minutes from Downtown Columbus) may be just the ticket if you’re looking for a new summer event this year. The fair offers tractor pulls, demolition derbies, monster trucks, plenty of fair food vendors and a whole lot more. 

Festival Latino
Aug. 12-13
Held at Genoa Park along the Scioto River, this free and family-friendly event is a great way to celebrate central Ohio’s Latino population. Children’s activities, food trucks, live music, art and dancing with also be available.

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