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The Indiana State Fair – There’s an App for That

INDIANAPOLIS – Ever wondered where all the Pork Tents are at the 2010 Indiana State Fair?  Have you been curious what others have thought of a particular midway ride?  Now that information is as close as your cell phone. Thanks to the 2010 Indiana State Fair’s move to social media, Hoosiers all over the Indiana State fairgrounds just north of downtown Indianapolis will be able to keep up with the latest news and comments regarding the “Year of the Pig.”

Smartphone owners can download an application for their iPhone or Android operating system phone that serves as a virtual program in the palm of their hand. The app features event listings, an interactive fairgrounds map, midway ride prices, locations of popular food vendors and much more.  It even lets fairgoers rate shows, rides food and more. This is just the latest way that you can keep up on all the latest happenings at this must attend Indianapolis event.

The app isn’t the only way fairgoers can stay wired to fair happenings.  The fair is now on Foursquare, a geo-location social media tool that allows users to “check-in” at various venues on the fairgrounds by clicking a same-worded button on their Foursquare application.  Users can also see who else has checked in at nearby venues and offer tips on everything from fair food to animal exhibits. If a user visits one venue more times than anyone else, he or she will receive a “mayor” designation from Foursquare.

The fair is also on several other online social media channels. Fairgoers can check out exclusive video on the fair’s YouTube channel; answer trivia questions for fair and show tickets on Twitter andFacebook; read insightful fair stories they won’t find elsewhere on the The Blue Ribbon blog and view and share photos on Flickr.

“This is the next step forward in communicating and interacting with our visitors,” said Cindy Hoye, the fair’s executive director. “Social media has created a new opportunity to connect with the folks who come to the Indiana State Fair, and it gives fairgoers a convenient, direct channel to let us know how we’re doing.”

How to find the Indiana State Fair on social media:

The 2010 Indiana State Fair is also on Foursquare, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr

Twitter (Use the hashtag #instatefair in all your tweets): www.twitter.com/indystatefair

Facebook: bit.ly/INStateFair

Flickr: bit.ly/FlickrISF

Blog: instatefair.blogspot.com

Foursquare: www.foursquare.com/user/indystatefair

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/INstatefair

Signup for our weekly e-Newsletter: http://www.in.gov/statefair/fairgrounds/

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.