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Media Information for Covering the Show

Media Packet
2023 Dean's Charity Steer Show Media Packet coming soon.

Credential Registration 
Registering for the Ohio State Fair is easy - complete the credential registration form at No media credentials will be mailed in advance of the Ohio State Fair. All media are required to check-in daily at the Ohio State Fair Media Center (see below).

Media Center Check-in Procedures
The Ohio State Fair Media Center will be operational 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., daily, July 26 – Aug. 6 (except for Aug. 7, when it closes at 6 p.m. along with the Fair’s admission gates), or by appointment. All members of the media should check in at the Media Center to receive parking and admission credentials before entering the Fair. No parking or admission passes for working media will be mailed in advance.

Upon check-in, members of the media will be escorted throughout the grounds by a member of the Fair’s marketing and PR staff. All working members of the media must adhere to the Fair’s media escort policy.

You can access the Media Center from the 11th Avenue exit from I-71. General public and visitors to the Ohio State Fair use the 17th Avenue exit. As in the past, the Media Center will be located on 11th Avenue, just west of the OHIO Gate. All working news media and promotions personnel should register and park at this location upon arriving at the Fair. For your convenience, the Media Center will provide a phone, internet access, and an air-conditioned room for you to work or relax in. Fair schedules will also be provided daily, as well as feature ideas and assistance in obtaining interviews.

Open the Media Center's GPS Location in Google Maps

Approximately 25 parking spots are available for use by working media at the Media Center. In addition, we will provide some overflow parking in the Pavilion Lot (Gate 9), located east of the Voinovich Center. Please note parking is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. If all media spots are full, you will be routed to general parking in the North Lot (off 17th Avenue).

On-Site Transportation
A few golf carts are kept at the Media Center and can be used for transportation of equipment on a first-come, first-served basis. For liability reasons, carts can only be driven by Ohio State Fair employees. Access to the Fair on carts is limited to the golf cart path, which travels the Fair’s perimeter. No carts are allowed in pedestrian areas. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will enforce this policy.

Media Escort Policy
In an effort to ensure a quality experience for fairgoers and members of the media, media personnel covering events during the Ohio State Fair must wear a media credential badge provided by the Ohio State Fair and must be escorted by an Ohio Expo Center & State Fair marketing & PR representative. The representatives will be available to answer general questions (off the record), coordinate interviews, and transport members of the media.