Celebration Park renamed in recognition of support from Indianapolis-based company
INDIANAPOLIS – Celebration Park has long been one of the busiest areas at the Indiana State Fair, drawing in 4-H families, music lovers and fairgoers looking for a shady spot to rest. Now, visitors to this area in the northwest corner of the Indiana State Fairgrounds will see a new name attached to the park’s locator signs: Dow AgroSciences.
The change reflects the new partnership between the 154-year-old fair and the Indianapolis-based agricultural life sciences company. Dow AgroSciences has had a presence at the fair in various ways in recent years, but new contributions to a number of programs have taken them to a new level of partnership with the fair, making the “Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park” name change appropriate.
“The story of modern agriculture is an important one, and a presence at the Indiana State Fair is an outstanding way to be part of both celebrating agriculture’s heritage and sharing the exciting advancements of the future,” said Antonio Galindez, President and CEO, Dow AgroSciences. “Having our name attached to this active area of the fair near the 4-H Education Complex is a perfect fit for us as we continue developing innovation that will benefit agriculture for generations to come.”
This year, Celebration Park is filled with a wide variety of exhibits and entertainment, including the Blue Monkey Sideshow (daily shows at 3, 4:30, 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m.), DockDogs (daily competitions) and “God Bless America,” a 25-foot tall public art sculpture based on Grant Wood’s iconic “American Gothic” painting. This is also where the Free Stage featuring nationally known artists like Bucky Covington, Randy Houser and more will draw in thousands of fairgoers.
“It’s because of support from organizations like Dow AgroSciences that we can continue the tradition of excellence our visitors have come to expect each year,” Indiana State Fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye said. “This is a tremendous company with a big heart that has long-time Hoosier roots, and we’re proud to display their name in Celebration Park as one of our primary sponsors.”
Dow AgroSciences has a long history of giving back to Indiana, and it is involved in a number of different areas of the State Fair. A major contributor to the fair’s 4-H Youth Development fund, the company also helps underwrite the educational exhibit in the Normandy Barn and this year’s Habitat for Humanity “Ag House” being constructed throughout the fair for an Indianapolis woman and her family. The home will eventually be moved to a neighborhood just a few miles away from the State Fairgrounds. The company is also supporting the Indiana Humanities Council’s “Food for Thought” campaign, a traveling exhibit that will be located in the FFA Pavilion at the fair, which runs Aug. 6 – 22.
About Dow AgroSciences
Dow AgroSciences LLC, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, is a top-tier agricultural company providing innovative agrochemical and biotechnology solutions globally. The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, has sales of $4.5 billion. Learn more at www.dowagro.com.
About the Indiana State Fair
The Indiana State Fair is the state’s largest multi-day event attracting more than 900,000 people annually. Nationally recognized for offering the best in entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premiere facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair is an annual tradition for generations of Hoosiers. Admission is $7 in advance, $8 at the gate – kids 5 and younger are free. For more information, please visit www.indianastatefair.com.
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