It’s the time of year when you can see a 1,200 pound pig, visit countless fun-filled exhibits and eat deep-fried delights to your heart’s content. It’s the time of year where you can experience the very best our great state has to offer, all conveniently located in one central location.  I’m talking of course about the Indiana State Fair.  This year’s State Fair begins Friday, Aug. 3 and will run until Aug. 19.

State Rep. Phyllis Pond

The winning 4-H exhibits from each of the 92 counties and one exhibit from each category is sent to the State Fair and judged and on execution.  They can be seen in the 4-H exhibit hall at the northwest side of the fairgrounds.

It’s the “Year of Dairy Cows” at the State Fair. There will be numerous exhibits and activities showcasing Indiana’s dairy industry – full of fun, educational learning for the kids to enjoy. Admission for one day at the fair is only $10 for adults and children five and under is admitted free of charge. There are also several discount days during the fair along with a variety of ways to gain discounted admission. Visithttp://www.in.gov/statefair/fair for more information and you can print off a program at your local library.

For little ones unable to make it on their own two feet all day, stroller and wagon rentals are reasonably priced at $5 for half the day and $10 for the entire day.

Like all previous State Fairs, the entertainment this year is wide-ranging and sure to keep you asking for more. There’s a little bit of everything in the lineup for the whole family to enjoy, here’s a few highlights:

·        Friday, Aug. 3 – the fair gets “udder” way with Marsh Band Day showcasing Indiana’s incredibly talented marching bands.

·        Saturday, Aug. 4 – the Monster Truck Nationals will bring a rip-roaring atmosphere to the fairgrounds.

·        Friday, Aug. 10 – watch death defying feats during the Xtreme Action Sports Show.

·        Sunday, Aug. 12 and Monday, Aug. 13 – visit the American frontier during the Great American Wild West Show.

·        Sunday, Aug. 19 – visit the demolition derby, a must-see.

If those attractions aren’t your cup of tea, there is also Grammy nominated acts that shouldn’t be missed.  Barry Manilow, Train, Journey and Blake Shelton will all perform at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (formerly Conseco Fieldhouse) during the fair’s run.

If you are looking for even more reasons to take part in the State Fair experience, you are in luck.  There are many free concerts at the fairgrounds with REO Speedwagon performing Aug. 6, the Spinners on Aug. 9 and MC Hammer Aug. 13 to name a few.

This is just a sampling of the great things to come, so grab your favorite hat, generously apply a thick coat of sunscreen and join us at this year’s Indiana State Fair, the “Year of Dairy Cows”.  With so much going on at the State Fair, it is “udderly” ridiculous.

If you would like more information on events going on at the State Fair, you can visithttp://www.in.gov/statefair/fair.

POSTED: 07/31/12 at 4:34 pm. FILED UNDER: News