INDIANAPOLIS – Just like the Indy 500 or Hoosier Hysteria, the Indiana State Fair is an annual tradition for Hoosier families from Albany to Zionsville. This year’s 17-day celebration Aug. 6 – 22 brings with it more foods to tempt the taste buds, world-renowned musicians for the masses and a cultural exhibit that is sure to make an international impact. All of these Indianapolis events will make for one hell of a year at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
It’s the “Year of Pigs” presented by Indiana Pork Farmers, which means all kinds of great-tasting pork products will prevail throughout the fair’s duration. It also means several fun events like Hedrick’s Racing Pigs, the Indiana State Fair Backyard BBQ Cook-off and a Celebrity Hog Calling contest.
The fair’s main purpose hasn’t really changed since it started in 1852. It still showcases agriculture and youth, both of which are in abundance inside any of the fair’s animal barns or competition arenas. Still, new exhibits like “God Bless America” (a 25-foot sculpture of Grant Wood’s famous “American Gothic” Painting), DockDogs® and “Bridges to Japan” keep the fair fresh and exciting while still preserving past traditions.
The Hoosier Lottery Grandstand should be standing-room-only when acts like KISS and Keith Urban make their appearances. And no doubt, fairgoers might furrow their brow before trying some of this year’s new foods like the doughnut burger or deep-fried butter, but that also helps keep the fair fun and unique.
“We continually strive to present the most entertaining and educational event to the entire state, all at affordable prices for Hoosier families,” Indiana State Fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye said. “I encourage everyone to take a few hours to visit your fair and create cherished memories that last a lifetime.”
Here is a little bit about the Indiana State Fair, one of the best things to do in Indianapolis.
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.