|Event Dates:||AUGUST 2-18 2013|
|Location:||1202 East 38th Street Indianapolis, IN 46205|
|Hours:||Gates Open Daily 8 am; 6 am on Saturday, August 10|
If you are from or near Indiana then you have probably been to the State Fair at least once…or have at least heard about it. I grew up in North West Indiana and could not easily get to the fair growing up. Now I live on the South side of Indy and am VERY excited to be able to go this year and take my two children ages 4 and 2!
They have no idea what it is and haven’t even been on many rides. The games, the rides, the food and the atmosphere are still with me from the ONE time I was able to go as a kid around age 12. Truly an experience you NEVER forget and now I get to share it with my kids…every year!
“It’s a Hoosier tradition: salivating over the sweet smell of roasted corn on the cob wafting through the warm summer air; hearing high-pitched screams mixed with laughter all over the massive midway; and watching a child’s eyes open wide as he gets his first close-up look at a powerful Percheron Draft Horse or a playful Pygmy goat. This is the Indiana State Fair.”
This probably won’t be the year we all go on rides together but we can go on a few! I don’t remember the teacups but I am excited about trying them out. With so many things to see and do I am not sure where to begin! First I think I should get the tickets.
Gate admission for the 2013 Fair is $10 for adults and children 5 & under will be free.
Discount tickets are $7. Discount tickets are available at all Indiana Walmart stores, CVS/pharmacies, Indiana Farm Bureau, The Marten House Hotel.
There are plenty of discount tickets and days and specials available and here are a few:
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Friday, August 2
St. Vincent Health Day – visit St. Vincent Health “Prevention Parkway” on State Fair Blvd. for screenings & health information.
Saturday, August 3
Ball State Day – Come visit the Ball State Mobile Classroom in the Ball State Ag/Hort Building!
Sunday, August 4
Elanco Day – Join the fight to end hunger in Indiana! Visit the Elanco booth inside the DuPont Food Pavilion today to learn more.
Monday, August 5
Meijer Day – Get 50% off admission ($5 value) today for Meijer customers who buy one (1) pair of Falls Creek Jeans July 24th – August 5th. Bring your Catalina coupon print from Meijer to the State Fair entrance gates for savings!
Free Admission in the Indianapolis Star – Monday, August 5th The Indianapolis Star will print a ticket good for free admission to the fair on the following Wednesday, August 7th.
Tuesday, August 6
Turkey Hill Dairy $2 Tuesday – Get into the Fair for only $2 with a voucher from Turkey Hill Dairy.
See turkeyhilldairy.com/indianastatefair to download a voucher.
$2 Taste of the State Fair – $2 food specials & $2 midway rides!
Golden Hoosiers Day – Seniors (55+) ride shuttles around the Fairground FREE all day!
Wednesday, August 7
Casey’s General Store Day – A convenience store and a whole lot more.
Thursday, August 8
Marten House Hotel Day – Visit the Marten House Hotel booth in the Expo Hall for a chance to win an overnight stay and dinner for two. You will also receive a complimentary bag of Pop Weaver Popcorn!
State Employees Day – State Employees get in FREE with ID!
Honoring Our Armed Forces & Veterans Day – All Military personnel or Veterans and their families are admitted FREE with military ID card, DD Form 214 or other recognized Veteran’s organization membership card.
Bring any Pop Weaver box top and receive $5 off gate admission on August 8th only!
Hoosier Heritage Day – Indiana’s Past, Present & Future on display on State Fair Blvd.
Friday, August 9
Purdue Day – Boiler Up! Visit any Purdue University as they highlight educational displays all day on State Fair Blvd.
Saturday, August 10
Hoosier Lottery Day – All guests 18 & older can redeem their Fair admission ticket stub for a FREE Hoosier Lottery ticket (limit one ticket per person) from 10am – 7pm in Lotto Town at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand.
Sunday, August 11
IU Health Day – Visit IU Health on State Fair Blvd.
Contemporary Christian Music Day
Monday, August 12
IPL Carload Day – Admission only $15 for up to 10 people with an IPL Carload Day voucher! Visit www.iplpower.com to download the voucher!
Tuesday, August 13
Turkey Hill Dairy $2 Tuesday – Get into the Fair for only $2 with a voucher from Turkey Hill Dairy! See turkeyhilldairy.com/indianastatefair to download a voucher.
$2 Taste of the State Fair – $2 food specials & $2 midway rides.
Red Hat / Pink Hat Day
Wednesday, August 14
BMV Discount Day – Admission only $5 today with voucher from www.mybmv.com. One voucher per person.
Thursday, August 15
AAA Day – FREE admission for AAA members with valid AAA membership card! One valid AAA card per person.
Friday, August 16
Foodie Friday – Concessionaires will offer an item at half price!
Saturday, August 17
Protect the Harvest Day – Visit the fun interactive promotions on State Fair Blvd. to learn more about Protect the Harvest!
FFA Day – Honoring our FFA students and alums!
Motorcycle Day – Special Motorcycle parking and events at the DISH Main Street Stage!
Sunday, August 18
Pepsi Day – Bring any Pepsi brand can and receive $2 off gate admission![/collapse]
I think we are most excited about all the attractions and entertainment! I mean SO many things to see and do! I think we are most excited about the Popcorn maze and Kiddie Land Midway!!
They even have an app for the Fair!! You can download it from Google Play or the App Store and it contains the program and soooo much more.
Check out the other attractions at the fair:
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Year of Popcorn presented by Pop Weaver Popcorn – The fair will celebrate with several popcorn-related exhibits, activities and contests.
World’s Largest Popcorn Ball pres. by Indiana’s Family of Farmers – With help from our friends at Weaver Popcorn, the fair has made the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball!
Subraru presents The A-maize-ing Popcorn Adventure – (a POPCORN MAZE?!?! Yes please!) Fair visitors can wind their way through the Purdue Extension popcorn maze located immediately east of the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand.
The Glass Barn – This 4,500 square foot glass-paneled barn is filled with interactive games and activities designed to educate visitors on how farming works and how food is produced.
Kiddie Land Midway – A new midway for the little tykes has been created on the fairgrounds east side that will offer families with young children their own special area to make some great State Fair memories.
Get Animated – This interactive experience takes visitors back to the classics of traditional hand drawn celluloid animation and highlights current day computer animation, including well known stories and characters from Pixar, Walt Disney, DreamWorks and Sony Animation.
Rosstyn Ice Shows – Rosstyn Ice Shows, which has been touring the world for nearly 20 years presenting a variety of action-packed, family-fun shows, will have three to four daily performances during the fair.
Sinbad High Dive Show – Family fun reaches its peak, literally, at the Sinbad High Dive show as Sinbad and his band of gold seekers search for the fabled Golden Apple.
Great American Frontier Show – Buffalo, horses, oxen and wolves are all part of this family-friendly celebration of life in the Old West.
Indiana State Fair Vocal Throwdown – The Indiana State Fair is holding its first-ever open singing competition complete with cash prizes and an opportunity to perform at the fair.
World’s Toughest Rodeo, presented by Ram Trucks – There will be lots of ridin’, ropin’ and clownin’ around going on Aug. 5 – 6 when the World’s Toughest Rodeo visits the fair for four shows in the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand.
STEM Days (Aug. 13 – 16) – Educators looking to enhance their students’ classroom curriculum in Science,Technology, Engineering and Math with a free, fun, interactive experience can bring their kids to the fair!
ISF Celebration Awards – Agriculture and youth are two of the most important parts of the Indiana State Fair.
Foodie Friday – On Friday, August 16, all food concessionaires throughout the Fairgrounds will offer one item at half off its regular price!
The Dazzling Mills Family – The Mills family – Steve, Carol, Michelle, Tony and Kris – knows how to balance family and work….literally.
Dinosaur Walk – It’s not everyday that people can get up close and personal with a life-size, functioning prehistoric creature, but that’s exactly what State Fair visitors can do for seven days of the fair.[/collapse][/collapse_group]
The Indiana State Fair is partnering with Indiana County fairs, Elanco and Indiana Farm Bureau Inc., the Indiana State Fair has launched “FAIRs Care” in an effort to eliminate hunger. For every donation made to a participating County fair (minimum $3 in canned goods or monetary support), the Indiana State Fair, Elanco and Indiana Farm Bureau will provide two State Fair admission tickets good for any day of the fair.
In addition, on Sunday, Aug. 18, the organizations will award eight $500 donations to county fairs that have successfully completed the food drive and helped their county’s hunger relief efforts.