Ohio State Fair announces concert lineup

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State Fair officials announced the lineup for four concerts Monday morning: Country singer Toby Keith, rapper Nelly, rock singer Zach Williams and comedian Gabriel Iglesias. 

Tickets for all four events go on sale March 11 at 10 a.m. The insider presale starts March 9 at 10 a.m.

“Each concert ticket purchased in advance includes admission to the fair, giving music lovers and comedy fans the opportunity to enjoy all facets of the Ohio State Fair before attending a show,” officials wrote in the release. 

The concert dates are as follows:

  • Toby Keith with special guest Alex Miller: July 28, 2022, 7 p.m.
  • Nelly with special guest Breland: July 30, 2022, 7 p.m.
  • Zach Williams with special guest We the Kingdom: Aug. 1, 2022, 7 p.m.
  • Gabriel Iglesias: Aug. 3, 2022, 7 p.m.

Officials said additional announcements are coming March 21 and April 4. 

After two years of cancellations and limitations, Gov. Mike DeWine announced last month that the Ohio State Fair will be back in full operation from July 27 to Aug. 7. 

In 2020 when the pandemic began, officials decided to cancel the fair altogether to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It was the first time the fair was canceled since World War II.

Then in 2021, instead of flat out cancelling the fair, the public wasn’t allowed inside. Officials only allowed individuals who were competing in shows. 

It will be the fair’s 167th year in operation.