The Greater Columbus Fair is back this year, kicking off a week's worth of fun and entertainment on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and running through Sunday, Oct. 21.
"It continues to grow every year," said Robin Wallace, marketing manager for the Columbus Civic Center. And this year is no exception.
Last year they added an exhibit hall, which she said was so popular that they brought it back again this year with even more entertainment and exhibits. The hall, which is located inside the Civic Center, will feature children's activities such as face painting, a play area, clowns and games; booths from various local organizations including the Sarah West Gallery and Columbus Cottonmouths; school projects; and entertainment, such as a free photo booth photo on Tuesday, a Shoot-Off contest on Wednesday, a Safe Kids Columbus free safety helmet giveaway on Thursday and pet adoptions Friday-Sunday.
Out on the fairgrounds are rides, games and food from Phenix City's Dixieland Carnival Company. Wallace said they've used the company for the last few years and enjoy their local roots.
"It's a really good carnival and this is their hometown fair," she said.
New this year is a petting zoo, featuring a zebra, camels, donkeys, llamas and more, plus pony rides and Close Encounters of the Exotic Kind -- a live lion and tiger show.
The fair will culminate with a fireworks display on Sunday at dusk, which is something else they've never done before.
"It's kind of our grand finale," said Wallace.
Wallace made special mention of this year's promotions, including special $2 admission on Tuesday and buy-one-get-one-free unlimited ride wristbands on Wednesday. Value Passes are also currently on sale at the Columbus Civic Center box office and all Ticektmaster locations for $25. The passes are good for one day's admission with unlimited rides and must be purchased by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.