You have 17 days to make it to the 2015 Indiana State Fair. Come once or come all 17 – it will be worth it. The Indiana State Fair runs August 7-23.
Dow AgroSciences and the Indiana State Fair have proclaimed this "The Year of the Farmer" at the Indiana State Fair.
Each day a different farm family will be honored and on the grounds for various activities. They range from Mike Shuter and family, Frankton, beef and grain producers with a new retail shop with partners for their beef, to Lu Ann Troxel and her husband, Tom, a dairy family from northern Indiana. In between are urban gardeners, the Stumler family raising pumpkins in Washington County and many more.
Each family will be featured on a particular day. Watch Indiana Prairie Farmer online for a rundown on each family as their day approaches.
Here are other things you might want to see this year. These were attractions at previous fairs, with most expected back this year, plus more. Expect a few changes.
Look for Purdue University Extension in the Horticulture Building, for example. And check out developments in front of the coliseum as a new display area takes place.
See you at the 2015 Indiana State Fair!
Ham breakfast. The traditional ham breakfast hosted by Indiana Pork Producers kicks off the fair on opening morning. It is by invitation only. The 2014 breakfast was held in the renovated coliseum.
Dairy barn. Here is something everyone can do. The Dairy Barn, with ice cream, cheese sandwiches and more awaits you, ready for business. Find it along Main Street across from the West Pavilion.
Surprise encounters. You never know who you might meet at the Indiana State Fair. Here walking the grounds is Ted McKinney, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. He is also a member of the Indiana State Fair Commission.
Good food for good cause. Enjoy the fixings at many commodity tents, like the Indiana Pork Producers tent, with three locations on the grounds. These groups are generous in giving back to the community. This was their promise in 2014.
Nightly parade. It's worth staying at the fair all day for no other reason that seeing the nightly parade, which goes off at 6, or maybe 6:30, whenever the crowd at Pioneer Village gets around to it! The Year of the Farmer family featured for the day is expected to be part of the nightly parade this year.
New plans. There are new plans for the Horticulture building this year. Who knows, the hot cheese stand may still be there. Inside you will find Purdue University Extension exhibits, plus lots of fruits and vegetables, honey and tomato juice.
Future showman? Ashley Langreck and her daughter, Addy, checked out the 4-H Sheep show until Addy decided something else on the fairgrounds must be worth seeing too. Someday she will perhaps be in the ring herself. In full disclosure, this is the editor's daughter and granddaughter.
Country fun. Don't miss the Indiana FFA Pavilion on the north side of the fairgrounds. Shop in the Country Market there, featuring Indiana-produced goods. Proceeds benefit FFA students.
Horsing around? No, this is serious business! Horses and carts come from all over the country for various shows at the state fair. Admission is free!
Something for everyone. You may not think of the midway if you come to the fair to see animals, but it's always there, always big, and draws lots of people.
Something old! The Pioneer Village continues to expand, keeping agricultural heritage alive. Time your visit right and you can see an old threshing machine in action.
Doll house! Actually it's a playhouse for little princesses. And I you have enough money, you could buy it at the fair and take it home for your princess!