Gov. Mike Dewine + Ohio State Fair release long-term vision for fairgrounds

The historic fairgrounds will see many changes, including building renovations, demolition, and more.

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The Ohio State Fair looks to increase guests experience in the future with these change. | Rendering via the Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fair has been a staple in Columbus since 1886, and soon the historic event could receive a touch of modernization.

Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Thursday, Dec. 8 the Expo 2050 Framework, which includes plans to overhaul many parts of the Ohio State Fairgrounds. While there’s no timetable or estimated costs just yet, we wanted to take a closer look at what’s to come for this 360-acre area.

  • Demolish 20 existing buildings such as the Bricker Building + Rhodes Center.
  • Renovate seven buildings including Taft Coliseum.
  • Construct 15 new buildings like an Agriculture Pavilion and a new entertainment center.
  • Redesign various entry points such as the “OHIO” entrance to be more grand and eye catching.

Want to read over the full plan? Check out this Dropbox link with renderings + a complete PDF of the framework.

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