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Hosting an event and need support?

The Ohio Expo Center is at your service with one of the region's best service and support groups for catering, sound/lighting, decorations and parking operations.


Schmidt’s is proud to be the official Food and Beverage provider for the Ohio Expo Center. Schmidt’s has a rich history of providing delicious food and legendary hospitality to many of the events held at the Ohio Expo Center and is the longest running food vendor at the Ohio State Fair. The Schmidt's team looks forward to providing each event with all the Schmidt’s favorites, as well as catering and concession classics. Every visit is a celebration when Schmidt’s is part of the experience! Contact Schmidt's for more details for on-site catering, food and beverage service, or information on becoming a third party sublet.

Read more about the 2024 Schmidt's transition here.

Schmidt Expo Inc.
Food And Beverage
717 East 17th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43211

Drayage, Decorating, Electric and Fork Lift

Do you need to ship items to Columbus for your event? The Ohio Expo Center’s professional staff will ensure that all packages are properly routed when delivered during pre-determined dates surrounding your event. From sign and banner hanging to table skirting to professionally operating a fork lift for all of your event needs, the Ohio Expo Center’s official decorator and commercial electric coordinator, Expo Services, has you covered.

Expo Services
Commercial electric/full service decorator
Scott Perone
PO Box 2969
Zanesville, Ohio 43702
740-454-1201 - Phone
614-299-1008 - Fax


The Ohio Expo Center can accommodate a large number of guests with parking available for more than 12,000 vehicles. All parking operations are conducted by SP+.

Tim Anderson
614-294-9336 or 614-294-9338
614-294-9337 Fax


Events large and small can become amazing productions with the assistance of the technical staff at OKI, Inc., providing expert sound, lighting and staging.

OKI, Inc.
Jason Brentlinger
717 E. 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211
614-294-2555 - Office
614-294-0250 - Fax


The Ohio Expo Center is proud to work closely with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which maintains 24-hour security at the Ohio Expo Center with its Post 96 located right on-grounds. They also provide security at various Expo Events and maintain our Lost and Found. For all of your security needs, please contact the Ohio Highway Patrol directly.

Ohio State Highway Patrol
OSHP - Post 96, Ohio Expo Center
717 E. 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211
614-644-0035 - Office


Whether you plan to offer Wi-Fi access to event guests or simply need telephone, internet and data services for event organizers, NetSteady Communications, Ltd. is here to help.

NetSteady Communications, Ltd.
3535 Fishinger Blvd., Suite 190
Hilliard, Ohio 43026

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