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Ohio State Fair entertainment
State fair continues through Aug. 8
The Ohio State Fair has announced the following schedule of entertainment from Aug. 1-8.
“AEP OHIO” Concert Series, WCOL Celeste Center
Sunday, Aug. 1 All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir / 1 pm / Free Four hundred top student musicians and vocalists from across Ohio will showcase their amazing talents.
Sunday, Aug. 1 Jeff Dunham / 7:30 pm / $38 Named by Forbes Celebrity 100 list of most powerful entertainers, ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his hilarious troupe of comedic sidekicks are internationally known for their humor. With a brand of comedy that is edgy yet still possesses a mainstream appeal, Jeff Dunham takes his cues from everyday life with his loveable puppets: Peanut, Achmed, Bubba J, Walter, and José Jalapeño.
Monday, Aug. 2 Jeremy Camp / 7 pm / $12 With 16 No. 1 songs, five Dove Awards and an American Music Award nomination, Jeremy Camp has a wide repertoire including anthems, rock and roll revelry, and praiseworthy power ballads. His message of faith strikes a chord with followers at all levels of their journey. His latest album release, “Speaking Louder than Before,” is full of the thoughtful lyrics and booming voice that have earned him thousands of fans and accolades.
Tuesday, Aug. 3 The Harry James Orchestra directed by Fred Radke / 1 pm / Free The Harry James Orchestra has entertained folks of all ages, at all types of venues, featuring show-tunes, standards, love songs and music from the golden age of swing. Under the direction of Fred Radke – big-band conductor, recording artist, composer, arranger and producer – this show will be a wonderful experience for listeners of all ages.
Tuesday, Aug. 3 Darius Rucker / 7:30 pm / $28 Previously the lead singer of the wildly successful band Hootie & the Blowfish, this talented musician has a unique ability to connect with his audiences. His first solo project, “Leave to Live,” is rich in the country tradition of meaningful lyrics and resonant melodies, with songs like “History in the Making” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” Rucker will be a prominent member of the country family for many years to come.
Wednesday, Aug. 4 Devo with special guest Ra Ra Riot / 7 pm / $30 Devo, the force behind the hits “Whip It” and “Girl U Want,” became one of the defining acts of the 1980s. With the release of their newest studio album, “Something for Everybody,” Devo stands ready to sound the alarm for another generation. Combining elements of new wave and classic indie with sweeping orchestral chamber pop, Ra Ra Riot will open the show.
Thursday, Aug. 5 Heart / 7 pm / $30 Ann Wilson and her younger sister, Nancy, first showed the world that women can rock when their band Heart stormed the charts in the 70s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man” and “Barracuda.” Heart continued topping the charts through the 80s and 90s, selling more than 30 million records, releasing 21 top 40 hits and selling out arenas worldwide. The women have had a profound influence on rock music and have enormous talents as both musicians and singers.
Friday, Aug. 6 Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds / 7 pm / $20 Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds’ musical explorations of love, romance and relationships have had a profound impact on the evolution of contemporary pop music throughout the world. A 10-time Grammy winner with 11 solo albums, Babyface has reached iconic status as a prolific hit maker, superstar recording artist and revolutionary label owner.
Saturday, Aug. 7 Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade On Tour / 1 pm, 7 pm / Free Sandra Lee has revolutionized the way people think about traditional, time-consuming, “from-scratch” methods of cooking with her trademark 70/30 Semi-Homemade philosophy. Her Food Network TV series, “Semi- Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee,” is a top performing program, and when she brings the show to this year’s Fair, attendees will learn to create affordable, attainable and delicious meals.
Sunday, Aug. 8 Sale of Champions / 2 pm / Free See the best of the best from the 2010 Ohio State Fair junior fair livestock competitions as the champion exhibitors sell their prize-winning animals to the highest bidders.
Sunday, Aug. 8 (Crew Stadium) Rascal Flatts with special guests Kellie Pickler and Chris Young / 7:30 pm / $35, $60, $75 Rascal Flatts has released some of the most important and successful music to come out of Nashville in recent years, including “These Days,” “Bless The Broken Road,” “What Hurts The Most” and their most recent hit, “Unstoppable.” Along the way they have released 10 No. 1 singles, seen every one of their studio albums go multi-platinum and been the ACM and CMA top vocal group every year since 2003. Special guests Kellie Pickler and Chris Young will melt the hearts of country music lovers everywhere.
Gazebo Stage
Sean Emery, Daily
This comedy juggler’s imagination comes to life through his eccentric and energizing characters and witty personality.
Mr. Shneadle, Daily
Fairgoers of all ages can enjoy Mr. Shneadle’s hilarious physical comedy performances at the Fair.
Signs of Celebration, Aug. 1
This group creates music and art with their hands in a captivating performance sure to delight audience members of all ages.
McCoy Grass, Aug. 2
The future of bluegrass music is in good hands with McCoy Grass. These two girls and their band will have fairgoers on their feet and dancing along to the music.
Wes Harrison, Mr. Sound Effects, Aug. 2 – 4
Seen on almost every major talk and variety show on television, “Mr. Sound Effects” can duplicate dozens of sounds and uses his remarkable talent to give the world some laughter – the best sound of all.
Jimmy D. Rogers, Aug. 3
This multi-talented musician has a unique blend of root musical styles that come together in an energetic live show to showcase his boogie-woogie piano style and true artistry at work.
Elaini Arthur, Aug. 4 – 5
Inspired by the legendary voice of Patsy Cline, Elaini Arthur is a young artist with big dreams to bring the joys of classical country music to a wide audience.
Ronald McDonald’s Big Red Show Revue, Aug. 6-8
Magic, music and improvisation highlight this fun show that stars Ronald McDonald as he continues his quest to help kids lead happy, active lives.
Highway Patrol Drum & Bugle Corp., Aug. 6
Musicians from the Ohio Highway Patrol display their talents as a part of this special group.
Katie Orlofske, Aug. 7
Energetic and comfortable are the best words to describe this young entertainer when she is on the stage performing her unique blend of country music combined with from-the-heart lyrics.
The Hard Tackers, Aug. 8
The Hard Tackers are a sea shanty and sea song team. They are the one stop place at the Fair for the music of the sea, laughter and sing-a-longs.
Main Street Stage
Roberto the Magnificent, Daily
Roberto the Magnificent explodes onto stage with an action-packed performance highlighting his variety of cirque-style skills while keeping the audience engaged and laughing.
Ron Diamond, Daily
Ron Diamond is a hilarious hypnotist sure to intrigue audiences both young and old. Each program brings a unique, memorable experience to be retold for years to come.
All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir, Aug. 2-5
Four hundred top student musicians and vocalists from across Ohio will showcase their amazing talents and hard work through vocal and instrumental selections.
Steve the Pretty Good, Aug. 1
Performing his original blend of comedy magic for more than 10 years, Steve Hamilton is so amazing he sometimes even fools himself.
Veteran’s Day Variety Show, Aug. 1
Talented performers honor those who have served their country.
Tim Omark, Aug. 1
A great mix between country and southern rock, Tim Omark offers a high-energy show certain to leave the audience begging for more.
Dan Lawson Band, Aug. 2
With a charismatic blues-rock sound, the Dan Lawson Band connects with live audiences and demonstrates a supreme stylistic depth.
Inner City Blues Band, Aug. 3
This band is sure to please anyone with a passion for clapping their hands, stomping their feet or dancing the day away.
The Ohio Express, Aug. 4
A dynamic band of seasoned musicians, the Ohio Express will take you back in time to the Bubblegum years with hits like “Yummy, Yummy, Chewy, Chewy” and “Down at Lulu’s.”
Turn & Cough, Aug. 5
Cleveland’s No. 1 party and dance band, Turn & Cough knows how to get the energy flowing. The band wears full scrubs for every show and aims to keep the party going with 80s pop, 80s rock and rap medleys.
The Late Crew, Aug. 6
The Late Crew is a unique combination of musicians who have come together to create a special musical mixture which encompasses every genre from the smoothest jazz to the grooviest R&B, with a little bit of funk for good measure.
Dazzling Mills Family, Aug. 7
This world-record holding group of talented jugglers, unicyclists and acrobats, plus their dog Peppy, proves that family values and working together can make great things happen, all while having fun.
Fusion H2, Aug. 7
With a positive message for all listeners, Fusion H2 is a Latin Christian band dedicated to providing quality family entertainment that transcends cultures.
Sarah J. Rutherford, Aug. 8
With her guitar and classic vocals, Sarah J. Rutherford is a young country musician with a sweet sound that is sure to please.
Buck69, Aug. 8
Imagine Bob Seger meeting Jonny Lang in a Juke Joint to talk about Eric Clapton. Buck69 is an electric blues and roots rock band that enjoys playing a diverse, ageless genre.
Strolling Entertainers
Champ Chase Fifes & Drums, Aug. 1, Strolling
Named after the Union Army training camp that was located near Columbus during the war, this group plays military field music on authentic wooden fifes and rope tension drums.
Chris the Balloon Guy, Aug. 1, 6 and 8, Strolling
Chris brings an unusual twist to this year’s Fair by combining entertainment with high-level artistry.
Dazzling Mills Family, Aug. 2-8, Strolling
This world-record holding group of talented jugglers, unicyclists and acrobats, plus their dog Peppy, proves that family values and working together can make great things happen, all while having fun.
Gumby, July 28 – Aug. 8, Strolling
A childhood favorite since 1957, Gumby will delight fairgoers of all ages as he strolls around the Fair.
Care Bear, July 28 – Aug. 8, Strolling
This lovable 80s icon is sure to warm your heart and put a smile on your face.
Harlem Wizards, Aug. 7-8, DiSalle Creative Arts Center, Youth Center, Strolling
Two of the top basketball talent in the world for an amazing combination of individual athleticism, teamwork, entertainment and community involvement.
Michael Roy, Strolling
This phenomenal origami artist can turn one square piece of paper into an amazing masterpiece. Some lucky fairgoers will return home with a one-of-a-kind keepsake.
Mr. Pedalsworth, July 28 – Aug. 2, Strolling
A former Ringling Brothers performer, Mr. Pedalsworth has a variety of trick bikes and bike tricks to share.
New Basics Brass Band, Aug. 3 – 8, Strolling
It’s hard to stand still with this band’s blend of jazz, R&B, New Orleans funk and groove sounds that produce party music for the masses.
President Abraham Lincoln, July 31, Aug. 3-7
History will come alive as this former president of the United States visits the Ohio State Fair.
Procrastinators, July 28 – Aug. 2, Strolling
These outrageous drummers turn five-gallon water jugs, stools and pots and pans into legitimate musical instruments as they jump, slide, twist and stomp their way through fast and furious rhythmic fun.
Rockin’ Robots, Aug. 6 – 8, Strolling
This high-energy performance is sure to rock and have fairgoers dancing along.
Snakes Alive by Reptile Rick and Jungle Jenny Teepen, July 31 – Aug. 6, DiSalle Center, Youth Center, Strolling Educational, entertaining and hands-on, this program features 20 different types of snakes and lizards. You can even take your picture with a python after the show.
Statue Viva, Aug. 3-8, Strolling
From the garden of imagination, this living statue is sure to bring laughter and fun.
Steve the Pretty Good, July 28 – Aug. 4, Strolling
erforming his blend of comedy magic for more than 10 years, Steve Hamilton is so amazing he sometimes even fools himself.
Tree of Life, Aug. 3 – 8, Strolling
A remarkable strolling tree with twinkling lights in its 7-foot-wide canopy of leaves will illuminate this year’s Fair.
Wacky Wheeler, July 28 – Aug. 2, Strolling
A one-of-a-kind performance that you literally can’t miss, the Wacky Wheeler is the most uniquely kinetic and acrobatic specialty act of its kind.
Winchester Steel Co., Aug. 8, Strolling
Founded in 2001 at Canal Winchester High School, the Winchester Steel Co. has become the premier high school steel drum band in Central Ohio.
The Ohio State Fair has announced the following schedule of entertainment from Aug. 1-8.
“AEP OHIO” Concert Series, WCOL Celeste Center
Sunday, Aug. 1 All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir / 1 pm / Free Four hundred top student musicians and vocalists from across Ohio will showcase their amazing talents.
Sunday, Aug. 1 Jeff Dunham / 7:30 pm / $38 Named by Forbes Celebrity 100 list of most powerful entertainers, ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his hilarious troupe of comedic sidekicks are internationally known for their humor. With a brand of comedy that is edgy yet still possesses a mainstream appeal, Jeff Dunham takes his cues from everyday life with his loveable puppets: Peanut, Achmed, Bubba J, Walter, and José Jalapeño.
Monday, Aug. 2 Jeremy Camp / 7 pm / $12 With 16 No. 1 songs, five Dove Awards and an American Music Award nomination, Jeremy Camp has a wide repertoire including anthems, rock and roll revelry, and praiseworthy power ballads. His message of faith strikes a chord with followers at all levels of their journey. His latest album release, “Speaking Louder than Before,” is full of the thoughtful lyrics and booming voice that have earned him thousands of fans and accolades.
Tuesday, Aug. 3 The Harry James Orchestra directed by Fred Radke / 1 pm / Free The Harry James Orchestra has entertained folks of all ages, at all types of venues, featuring show-tunes, standards, love songs and music from the golden age of swing. Under the direction of Fred Radke – big-band conductor, recording artist, composer, arranger and producer – this show will be a wonderful experience for listeners of all ages.
Tuesday, Aug. 3 Darius Rucker / 7:30 pm / $28 Previously the lead singer of the wildly successful band Hootie & the Blowfish, this talented musician has a unique ability to connect with his audiences. His first solo project, “Leave to Live,” is rich in the country tradition of meaningful lyrics and resonant melodies, with songs like “History in the Making” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” Rucker will be a prominent member of the country family for many years to come.
Wednesday, Aug. 4 Devo with special guest Ra Ra Riot / 7 pm / $30 Devo, the force behind the hits “Whip It” and “Girl U Want,” became one of the defining acts of the 1980s. With the release of their newest studio album, “Something for Everybody,” Devo stands ready to sound the alarm for another generation. Combining elements of new wave and classic indie with sweeping orchestral chamber pop, Ra Ra Riot will open the show.
Thursday, Aug. 5 Heart / 7 pm / $30 Ann Wilson and her younger sister, Nancy, first showed the world that women can rock when their band Heart stormed the charts in the 70s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man” and “Barracuda.” Heart continued topping the charts through the 80s and 90s, selling more than 30 million records, releasing 21 top 40 hits and selling out arenas worldwide. The women have had a profound influence on rock music and have enormous talents as both musicians and singers.
Friday, Aug. 6 Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds / 7 pm / $20 Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds’ musical explorations of love, romance and relationships have had a profound impact on the evolution of contemporary pop music throughout the world. A 10-time Grammy winner with 11 solo albums, Babyface has reached iconic status as a prolific hit maker, superstar recording artist and revolutionary label owner.
Saturday, Aug. 7 Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade On Tour / 1 pm, 7 pm / Free Sandra Lee has revolutionized the way people think about traditional, time-consuming, “from-scratch” methods of cooking with her trademark 70/30 Semi-Homemade philosophy. Her Food Network TV series, “Semi- Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee,” is a top performing program, and when she brings the show to this year’s Fair, attendees will learn to create affordable, attainable and delicious meals.
Sunday, Aug. 8 Sale of Champions / 2 pm / Free See the best of the best from the 2010 Ohio State Fair junior fair livestock competitions as the champion exhibitors sell their prize-winning animals to the highest bidders.
Sunday, Aug. 8 (Crew Stadium) Rascal Flatts with special guests Kellie Pickler and Chris Young / 7:30 pm / $35, $60, $75 Rascal Flatts has released some of the most important and successful music to come out of Nashville in recent years, including “These Days,” “Bless The Broken Road,” “What Hurts The Most” and their most recent hit, “Unstoppable.” Along the way they have released 10 No. 1 singles, seen every one of their studio albums go multi-platinum and been the ACM and CMA top vocal group every year since 2003. Special guests Kellie Pickler and Chris Young will melt the hearts of country music lovers everywhere.
Gazebo Stage
Sean Emery, Daily
This comedy juggler’s imagination comes to life through his eccentric and energizing characters and witty personality.
Mr. Shneadle, Daily
Fairgoers of all ages can enjoy Mr. Shneadle’s hilarious physical comedy performances at the Fair.
Signs of Celebration, Aug. 1
This group creates music and art with their hands in a captivating performance sure to delight audience members of all ages.
McCoy Grass, Aug. 2
The future of bluegrass music is in good hands with McCoy Grass. These two girls and their band will have fairgoers on their feet and dancing along to the music.
Wes Harrison, Mr. Sound Effects, Aug. 2 – 4
Seen on almost every major talk and variety show on television, “Mr. Sound Effects” can duplicate dozens of sounds and uses his remarkable talent to give the world some laughter – the best sound of all.
Jimmy D. Rogers, Aug. 3
This multi-talented musician has a unique blend of root musical styles that come together in an energetic live show to showcase his boogie-woogie piano style and true artistry at work.
Elaini Arthur, Aug. 4 – 5
Inspired by the legendary voice of Patsy Cline, Elaini Arthur is a young artist with big dreams to bring the joys of classical country music to a wide audience.
Ronald McDonald’s Big Red Show Revue, Aug. 6-8
Magic, music and improvisation highlight this fun show that stars Ronald McDonald as he continues his quest to help kids lead happy, active lives.
Highway Patrol Drum & Bugle Corp., Aug. 6
Musicians from the Ohio Highway Patrol display their talents as a part of this special group.
Katie Orlofske, Aug. 7
Energetic and comfortable are the best words to describe this young entertainer when she is on the stage performing her unique blend of country music combined with from-the-heart lyrics.
The Hard Tackers, Aug. 8
The Hard Tackers are a sea shanty and sea song team. They are the one stop place at the Fair for the music of the sea, laughter and sing-a-longs.
Main Street Stage
Roberto the Magnificent, Daily
Roberto the Magnificent explodes onto stage with an action-packed performance highlighting his variety of cirque-style skills while keeping the audience engaged and laughing.
Ron Diamond, Daily
Ron Diamond is a hilarious hypnotist sure to intrigue audiences both young and old. Each program brings a unique, memorable experience to be retold for years to come.
All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir, Aug. 2-5
Four hundred top student musicians and vocalists from across Ohio will showcase their amazing talents and hard work through vocal and instrumental selections.
Steve the Pretty Good, Aug. 1
Performing his original blend of comedy magic for more than 10 years, Steve Hamilton is so amazing he sometimes even fools himself.
Veteran’s Day Variety Show, Aug. 1
Talented performers honor those who have served their country.
Tim Omark, Aug. 1
A great mix between country and southern rock, Tim Omark offers a high-energy show certain to leave the audience begging for more.
Dan Lawson Band, Aug. 2
With a charismatic blues-rock sound, the Dan Lawson Band connects with live audiences and demonstrates a supreme stylistic depth.
Inner City Blues Band, Aug. 3
This band is sure to please anyone with a passion for clapping their hands, stomping their feet or dancing the day away.
The Ohio Express, Aug. 4
A dynamic band of seasoned musicians, the Ohio Express will take you back in time to the Bubblegum years with hits like “Yummy, Yummy, Chewy, Chewy” and “Down at Lulu’s.”
Turn & Cough, Aug. 5
Cleveland’s No. 1 party and dance band, Turn & Cough knows how to get the energy flowing. The band wears full scrubs for every show and aims to keep the party going with 80s pop, 80s rock and rap medleys.
The Late Crew, Aug. 6
The Late Crew is a unique combination of musicians who have come together to create a special musical mixture which encompasses every genre from the smoothest jazz to the grooviest R&B, with a little bit of funk for good measure.
Dazzling Mills Family, Aug. 7
This world-record holding group of talented jugglers, unicyclists and acrobats, plus their dog Peppy, proves that family values and working together can make great things happen, all while having fun.
Fusion H2, Aug. 7
With a positive message for all listeners, Fusion H2 is a Latin Christian band dedicated to providing quality family entertainment that transcends cultures.
Sarah J. Rutherford, Aug. 8
With her guitar and classic vocals, Sarah J. Rutherford is a young country musician with a sweet sound that is sure to please.
Buck69, Aug. 8
Imagine Bob Seger meeting Jonny Lang in a Juke Joint to talk about Eric Clapton. Buck69 is an electric blues and roots rock band that enjoys playing a diverse, ageless genre.
Strolling Entertainers
Champ Chase Fifes & Drums, Aug. 1, Strolling
Named after the Union Army training camp that was located near Columbus during the war, this group plays military field music on authentic wooden fifes and rope tension drums.
Chris the Balloon Guy, Aug. 1, 6 and 8, Strolling
Chris brings an unusual twist to this year’s Fair by combining entertainment with high-level artistry.
Dazzling Mills Family, Aug. 2-8, Strolling
This world-record holding group of talented jugglers, unicyclists and acrobats, plus their dog Peppy, proves that family values and working together can make great things happen, all while having fun.
Gumby, July 28 – Aug. 8, Strolling
A childhood favorite since 1957, Gumby will delight fairgoers of all ages as he strolls around the Fair.
Care Bear, July 28 – Aug. 8, Strolling
This lovable 80s icon is sure to warm your heart and put a smile on your face.
Harlem Wizards, Aug. 7-8, DiSalle Creative Arts Center, Youth Center, Strolling
Two of the top basketball talent in the world for an amazing combination of individual athleticism, teamwork, entertainment and community involvement.
Michael Roy, Strolling
This phenomenal origami artist can turn one square piece of paper into an amazing masterpiece. Some lucky fairgoers will return home with a one-of-a-kind keepsake.
Mr. Pedalsworth, July 28 – Aug. 2, Strolling
A former Ringling Brothers performer, Mr. Pedalsworth has a variety of trick bikes and bike tricks to share.
New Basics Brass Band, Aug. 3 – 8, Strolling
It’s hard to stand still with this band’s blend of jazz, R&B, New Orleans funk and groove sounds that produce party music for the masses.
President Abraham Lincoln, July 31, Aug. 3-7
History will come alive as this former president of the United States visits the Ohio State Fair.
Procrastinators, July 28 – Aug. 2, Strolling
These outrageous drummers turn five-gallon water jugs, stools and pots and pans into legitimate musical instruments as they jump, slide, twist and stomp their way through fast and furious rhythmic fun.
Rockin’ Robots, Aug. 6 – 8, Strolling
This high-energy performance is sure to rock and have fairgoers dancing along.
Snakes Alive by Reptile Rick and Jungle Jenny Teepen, July 31 – Aug. 6, DiSalle Center, Youth Center, Strolling Educational, entertaining and hands-on, this program features 20 different types of snakes and lizards. You can even take your picture with a python after the show.
Statue Viva, Aug. 3-8, Strolling
From the garden of imagination, this living statue is sure to bring laughter and fun.
Steve the Pretty Good, July 28 – Aug. 4, Strolling
erforming his blend of comedy magic for more than 10 years, Steve Hamilton is so amazing he sometimes even fools himself.
Tree of Life, Aug. 3 – 8, Strolling
A remarkable strolling tree with twinkling lights in its 7-foot-wide canopy of leaves will illuminate this year’s Fair.
Wacky Wheeler, July 28 – Aug. 2, Strolling
A one-of-a-kind performance that you literally can’t miss, the Wacky Wheeler is the most uniquely kinetic and acrobatic specialty act of its kind.
Winchester Steel Co., Aug. 8, Strolling
Founded in 2001 at Canal Winchester High School, the Winchester Steel Co. has become the premier high school steel drum band in Central Ohio.
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