As the Summer draws to a close and August brings us cooler weather (hopefully), the Indiana State Fair revs up for another year of celebrating Hoosier-dom. It’s the year of the Soybean, and we pay homage to Indiana farmers who grow the lush green veggies. But there is so much more to the fair than that. Fried food, roasted corn, livestock competitions, rides, games and kettle corn are just a few of the things that make the Indiana State Fair so wonderful.
The 2011 Indiana State Fair runs August 5 to 21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds north of Indianapolis downtown. Admission to the fair is $8 for adults. Children under five are admitted for FREE, and discount tickets are available for $7 at Indiana Walmart stores, CVS Pharmacy, Indiana Farm Bureau offices, the Marten House Hotel and the Indiana State Fairgrounds Box Office. With so much happening at this year’s Indiana State Fair, here is a snippet of what’s coming up this weekend.
Friday, August 5
At 8:30 am, ring in the new Fair at the Opening Ceremonies at Pioneer Village. Then head to the. Then hear the Marsh Band Day Preliminaries competition at 9 am and the finals competition at 8 pm that night. WFMS president Jack Ingram will be on hand at the Energy Armor free stage at 6:30 pm. Plus, enjoy all day rides from noon to 10 pm for just $25. Plus see lambs, llamas, alpacas, rabbits and poultry compete for the championship title in their various categories.
Saturday, August 6
The Farm Toy Show is going on all day on August 6 at the Pioneer Village Opry House. See demonstrations of the latest technology used in farming. Hear HANK FM’s president Jason Michael Carroll at 7 pm at the Energy Armor Free Stage. Catch either showing of the E3 Sparkplugs Monster Truck Nationals presented by Lucas Oil Stadium at 1 pm and 7 pm. Head to the Pepsi Coliseum for 4-H Beef Showmanship and 4-H Swine competitions. Plus catch performances from acrobats, cloggers and line dancers at various times.
Sunday, August 7
The Indiana State Fair spices things up on Sunday, August 7 with Hispanic/Latino Music Day events from noon to 9 pm at the Energy Armor Free Stage. Catch the “Live Animal Vet Demo: He ate WHAT? X-rays in Vet Med” at 3 pm at the Pioneer Hi-Bred Our Land Pavilion Red Gold Stage. And don’t miss the Lucas Oil Indy Super Pull at 1 pm and 7 pm at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand. Dance off those calories from the gobs of fried ice cream you ate a “Indy Hula” on the Dance for Health Stage.
Monday, August 8
This special day is the Family Day Midway special, with unlimited rides from noon to 10 pm for $22. It’s also Bicycle Day at Governor Mitch Daniels’ INShape Summer Fit Plaza. Find out who the Grand Champion is in the 4-H Drive for Gilts, Market Steers, Market Lambs, Barrows and Meat Goat Wethers at the Pepsi Coliseum at 5:45 pm. See a demonstration on Birds of Prey by Indy Parks at the DNR Amphitheater.
Tuesday, August 9
August 9 offers $2 rides at the Midway from noon to 10 pm. The International Circus Hall of Fame sets up shop at Riley Fun Park at Noon. Get groovy and relaxed with the Carribean Consort Steel Drum Band at 4 pm at Ricker’s Main Street Stage. And don’t miss the impeccable rhythm of the Timesteppers as they tap dance on the Dance for Health Stage.
Wednesday, August 10
Its Marital Arts Day at the INShape Indiana Summer Fit Plaza. Catch the Snakes Alive Talk hosted by a Brown Country State Park Interpreter at the DNR Amphitheater at 10 am. Learn how to make deliciously easy meals at “Crock Pot Cooking with Low Fat Options” at the Ellison Bakery Home and Family Arts Culinary Stage at 3 pm. Plus, see the headlining band of the evening MercyMe and Third Day at the Hoosier Grand Stand Lottery at 7:30 pm. (Tickets are $25 and $35)
Thursday, August 11
Its Hoosier Heritage Day with activities on the State Fair Boulevard from 9 am to 9 pm. Plus see everyone’s favorite doctor, Dr. Oz, at the Energy Armor Free Stage at 3 pm. Meet some burly real life lumberjacks at the Timberworks Lumberjack Show at Riley Fun Park.
Week One of the 2011 Indiana State Fair
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Indiana State Fair
August 5 to 21
Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205