The Indiana State Fair reaches the halfway point this coming weekend. It continues through Sunday, August 17. If you haven't been yet, there's still time to attend and spend a day enjoying activities, attractions and exhibits.
Here are just some of the things you can see.
FFA Pavilion: The 2014-2015 state officers man their sprawling exhibit barn every day. There's the traditional petting zoo, but there's also a miniature golf course you can play for free, tons of exhibits about FFA members, a play area for kids, and the Country Store, where you can buy items produced by companies in Indiana. Profits go to scholarships for FFA members.
Pathway to Water Quality: This exhibit resulted from cooperation between all of Indiana's soil and water conservation partners. Celebrating its 20th anniversary a year ago, it's now a mature site, with trees that were very small when the exhibit opened. Make the full path through the exhibit and learn about Indiana soils, intensive grazing and much more.
Pioneer Village: It's always a treat to see what's new at the museum of the oldest machinery in Indiana – the Pioneer Village. Lots of old, restored tractors are back again, along with the normal exhibits. They've also added a few surprises. It's always worth the time to visit.
Coliseum: Make sure you tour the Coliseum even if you don't go there for a concert or livestock show. Time your visit right and you can watch a draft horse cart competition. Draft horse hitches will be back in the Coliseum this year. You won't recognize it after the $60 million renovation project on the inside. On the outside it looks much like it always did, with a few touch-ups here and there. That was by design to retain the outer appearance while producing a modern arena inside.
See you at the fair!