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2016 Indiana State Fair
Lasting an incredible 17 days in total, the Indiana State Fair is easily the longest, single, annual event to come to the Greater Indianapolis area every year. This year, the Indiana State Fair will open on August 5th, and it will end on August 21st. There are a number highlights that visitors should check out at the Indiana State Fair.
The Midway is the Indiana State Fair’s large, temporary amusement park. Rides and games are present throughout, but they are not included with admission. Rides require special coupons, which cost $1.25 each. Games prices vary. Throughout the fair, there are special promotions and deals for The Midway. Visitors should check out the Indiana State Fair website for a list of deals for The Midway.
The Indiana State Fair welcomes traditional farm animals of all types. Goats, rabbits, pigs, horses and many other different animals will all be present at some point throughout the fair. Many of these animals will be showed during regular Indiana State Fair hours. Visitors should check out the Indiana State Fairgrounds website to find out when their favorite fair animals are onsite.
Food and Drink
The Indiana State Fair is particularly famous for its excellent variety of food. Anything from burritos to gyros can be easily found along the main stretch at the south-central part of the fairgrounds. Visitors should definitely stop by the Dairy Bar, the most famous food venue at the Indiana State Fair. It sells a number of dairy products like fried mozzarella sticks and grilled cheese sandwiches, but it is probably most famous for its ice cream. Visitors 21 years of age and older can visit the Indiana Beer, Wine and Spirits Exhibition. It hosts a number of local breweries and wineries offering tastings for a small fee.
Arts and Crafts
There is a plethora of buildings open to the public at the Indiana State Fair that are filled to the brim with arts and crafts submissions. Anything from photography to woodworking projects are submitted for judging to the Indiana State Fair. Visitors should consider visiting the arts and crafts areas later in the fair. By this time, all of the projects should be judged, and winning submissions will be announced.
On Tuesday, August 9th, and Tuesday, August 16th, the Indiana State Fair has its $2.00 Tuesdays. Admission to the fair is just $2.00 per person. On Wednesday, August 10th, the Indiana State Fair has Indiana Pork Day. Visitors can use a voucher from Indy Star’s Monday, August 8th, issue and enter the fairgrounds for free. Admission to the fairgrounds can be purchased at the gates, but visitors are encouraged to purchase their tickets online to avoid waiting in line. Additionally, advanced tickets purchased online are cheaper.