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More Days Mean More Value at the Indiana State Fair.

Several new specials added to help Hoosiers stretch entertainment dollar

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s no big secret – times are tough, and Hoosiers are looking for values more than ever before. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t leaving the house. In fact, the Indiana State Fair hopes more folks than ever will turn out for this year’s newly expanded, 17-day fair August 7-23, and fair organizers are making it as painless as possible on people’s pocketbooks.

Some of the admission deals and special pricing at the Indiana State Fairgrounds include:

· Free admission tickets in The Indianapolis Star – On Monday, Aug. 10, The Indianapolis Star will print tickets good for free admission to the fair on Wednesday, Aug. 12 and Thursday, Aug. 13. Watch The Star during the second week of the fair for more deals.

· Free admission for Military personnel and their families, Aug. 16 – The Indiana State Fair is honoring our current and former members of the Armed Forces by offering free admission for them and their families on Saturday, Aug. 16, with the presentation of a Military ID or membership card from a recognized veteran’s organization.

· BMV Carload Day, Aug. 17 – Large families and groups of friends traveling to the fair together will want to take advantage of this great offer on Monday, Aug. 17. Admission is only $15 per vehicle for up to 10 people with a voucher printed from http://www.in.gov/bmv/.

· $2 Taste of the State Fair Tuesday, Aug. 18 – On Tuesday, Aug. 18, many State Fair food concessionaires all over the fairgrounds will have $2 samples available all day long!

· Delta SkyMiles $2 Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Also on Tuesday, Aug. 18, admission is just $2 with a voucher printed from www.in.gov/statefair/fair/general/value.html.

· Farmers’ Day Lunch Deal for downtown workers, Aug. 19 – On Wednesday, Aug. 19 (Farmers’ Day), downtown workers who take the IndyGo Route 39 bus for $1.75 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. will receive free admission to the Fair through Gate 1A on 38th Street.

· Free admission for state employees, Aug. 20 – All state employees are admitted to for free on Thursday, Aug. 20, with presentation of an employee ID card.

· ABATE of Indiana Motorcycle Day, Aug. 21 – Two visitors will be admitted for the price of one with an ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) membership card on Friday, Aug. 21., to enjoy several special motorcycle exhibits and free entertainment in the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand.

· $2 Discount with Pepsi product can, Aug. 23 – All visitors who bring any Pepsi brand can will receive $2 off the gate admission on the fair’s final day, Sunday, Aug. 23.

· Indiana State Fair Value Coupon Book – Fairgoers can save money on everything from corn dogs to sunglasses by purchasing this book of coupons for just $5. More than $100 in deals and discounts are being offered by dozens of fair vendors. The books can be purchased in the Tomato Patch Gift Shop presented by Red Gold® or online at http://www.in.gov/statefair/.

In addition to those great deals, here are several more tips when trying to save on a trip to the State Fair:

· Buy fair admission tickets in advance and save $1. Advance tickets are $7 when purchased from Indiana Walmart stores, CVS/pharmacy stores, Indiana Farm Bureau Offices, the Marten House Hotel or the Indiana State Fairgrounds box office (kids 5 and younger are free every day).

· Take advantage of free parking in the fairgrounds’ Best Way Disposal infield, the Indiana School for the Deaf on 42nd Street and north of the School for the Deaf on 46th Street.

· Save gas and time, and get free parking and a free shuttle ride with the State Fair Park & Ride shuttle from Glendale Mall. It departs every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

· Taking the WFMS FairTrain to the fair? Save $2 on adult fares and $1 on child fares with FairTrain tickets purchased at any Hamilton County KeyBank.

· On 11 of the fair’s 17 days, purchase an unlimited midway ride wristband for just $25. A $15 wristband is also available for kiddie rides on Aug. 17.

· Ride your bike to the fair and use one of the secured bike racks available on the Monon Trail at 38th Street from 8 am. to 8 p.m. and save $1 (must enter the fair through Gate 18 off the Monon Trail).

· Seniors (age 55 and older) can ride the tractor shuttles around the fairgrounds for just $3 a day with a wristband purchased from State Fair Information Booths. Seniors ride free on Golden Hoosiers’ Day, Aug. 18.

· On Aug. 9, anyone 18 or older gets a free lottery scratch-off ticket when they redeem their fair admission ticket stub at any Hoosier Lottery Booth from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It’s pretty simple really: more days, more fun, more deals!