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New fair foods featured at 2022 Ohio State Fair

The fair is offering $3 Thursdays, an opportunity to try some beloved food options without breaking the bank!

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State Fair is known for its deep-fried treats, classic fair dishes, and innovative creations. It returned on Wednesday for the first time since 2019. It runs through August 7 at the fairgrounds in Columbus.

In addition to deep-fried fair favorites, the fair is featuring many new items, including "Crack-N-Cheese," a mac and cheese bowl topped with turkey BBQ, turkey cracklins, and sauce, that can be ordered in a bowl or a waffle cone.

"It was cheesy. I added some barbecue sauce to it and then it gave it some more taste. It has some nice turkey. Everything was good," Kason Mccullom said after trying the Crack-N-Cheese.

New this year are more than 25 food items, including:

  • Crack- N-Cheese and Alfredo Stuffed Turkey Leg at Hickory Tree BBQ near Main Street Stage
  • Waffle Bombs and deep-fried olives near Bricker Marketplace Building and Paddock
  • Deep-Fried Edible Cookie Dough at Cookie Dough Monsters near the east edge of Kiddieland

"It [the waffle bomb] is awesome. The chocolate is all melted, and the strawberries are very flavorful," said fair-goer Darren Hayes.

The fair is offering $3 Thursdays, an opportunity to try some beloved food options without breaking the bank! For just $3, vendors across the Fair will offer smaller versions of a food option of their choice.

Fair hours:

  • Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., except Sunday, Aug. 7, when admission gates close at 6 p.m.

Fair admission: 

  • $10 - Adults 13-59
  • $8 - Seniors 60+
  • $8 - Youth 6-12
  • Free - Children under 5

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