The Indiana State Fair’s Friday Night Opening Festivities

The 2010 Indiana State Fair has finally arrived. So it is time for every Hoosier in and around Indianapolis to get down the Indiana State Fairgrounds for some fun in the pleasant not-so-hot sun. Each day we here at will break down the upcoming action for all Indiana to enjoy. First up is opening night at the 2010 State Fair.  Your plans should be to get to the fair early and often so as not to miss out on all the pig products that you and your family can enjoy at this annual Indianapolis event.

Friday, August 6, 2010
St. Vincent Health Day

The 2010 Indiana State Fair’s opening ceremonies will start at 8:30 am in the Dow Agro Science Celebration Park. Also, the St Vincent Health Day, sponsored by the St. Vincent Hospital in and around downtown Indianapolis. Their “Prevention Parkway” will be on the State Fair Blvd for  health related screenings and early detection and prevention information. The 9th Annual Tobacco-free Day is also on Friday, fairgoers are encouraged, but not forced, not to smoke on this day even though most visitors are outside.

Friday’s Highlights

  • Opening Ceremonies at Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park at 8:30 a.m.
  • Youth Talent Contest in the Farm Bureau Building
  • WFMS 95.5 FM Radio and present Jerrod Neimann on the Free Concert Stage starts at 7:00 p.m.
  • Midnight Madness on the Midaway which allows fairgoers a chance at unlimited rides from 7:00 p.m.-midnight for only $25 per person.

Marching Bands from all over the Hoosier State to Compete for bragging rights on Band Day.

Nearly 50 high school marching bands from throughout the state will compete for bragging rights and cash prizes in Riley Fun Park the Indiana State Fair Band Day competition presented by 1, 4 & 7 p.m. year’s competition will, for the first time, feature a uni- fied Anderson High School and Highland High School march- ing band; Highland High School is the defending champion but is being turned into a junior high.

Bands practice all summer — and sometimes longer — for a chance to dazzle the crowds and the judges and for the right to be crowned “Band Day Champion.”

Preliminaries start at 9 a.m. and tickets are $6 for adults and $2 for children. Finals, which feature the remaining 16 teams, get underway at 8 p.m. Tickets to that show are $10 for adults and $4 for children. Both competitions take place at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand.

Everyday Entertainment Available for Free

Bridges to Japan
International Pavilion/Grand Hall- exhibit is open from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. every day during the State Fair’s run.

Sand Sculpture and Carving and Display
Pioneer High Bred Our Land Pavilion 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. This is exactly what is sounds like. Some very patient sand-sculptures ply their trade for all fairgoers to see. If you’ve never taken a few minutes to walk past these creations you are missing out. When the sculptures are done, you’ll be looking for the ocean there is so much sand in front of of your eyes.

Youth Fishing Lessons
DNR Fishin’ Pond 4:00 p.m.-7:oo p.m. IF you have a little one just chomping at the bit to get his line wet, there is no better place for them to cast their real and rod in a controlled environment while getting tips from the pros.

Dock Dogs
Dow AgroScience Celebration Park 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Come check out man’s best friend do some high-flying jumping off of docks and go wild as they splash down to see how can jump the furthest,

Welde’s Big Bears and Grizzly Fall Exhibit
Riley Fun Park at 1:oo p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Hedrick’s Racing Pigs
Hedrick’s Racing Pigs presented by Eastgate Chrysler Jeep Dodge & Westgate Chrysler Jeep Dodge Hoosier Lottery Grandstand. These local porkers are quickly becoming a fair fan favorite. What better way to get to know these racing pigs than during the 2010 Indiana State Fair which has been declared the “Year of the Pig.”