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Hit the 'Recipe Trail' at the Indiana State Fair

Hit the 'Recipe Trail' at the Indiana State Fair
Indiana's Family of Farmers sponsors the recipe contest and food drive give-away.

Some 19 Indiana commodity groups and agencies that make up Indiana's Family of Farmers are challenging fair goers to collect 10 recipes using Hoosier food while at the fair. If they do, they win a chance at the grand prize – a chest freezer. By completing the circuit and getting all 10 recipes, they also earn one pound of food that IFoF will donate to a food bank within Indiana.

"The Indiana Family of Farmers gave about 3,000 pounds of food to food banks last year because of this program," says Robert Ziegler, communications director for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. USDA is a member of IFoF.

Final stop: Once you have your 10 recipes, get counted and help earn a pound of food for a hungry Hoosier at the IFoF booth in the DuPont food pavilion.

The locations are posted. All you have to do is visit that location, collect the recipe card, then turn in all 10 cards at the finish point.

Here's where you will find the cards: Exposition Hall at the Rose Acre Farms booths 536 and 537 on the southwest side of the building; Ball State Ag/Hort Building, near the World's largest popcorn ball; the DuPont Food Pavilion, featuring stops at the Indiana Wines/Purdue Wine Grape Team exhibit, Indiana Dairy and Purdue Extension exhibits; Habitat for Humanity ag house; Indiana Farm Bureau Building; the Glass Barn; the Normandy Barn; and the Pathway to Water Quality.

The final stop and redemption point is the IFoF booth in the DuPont food pavilion on Main Street.

The recipes are from real farm families, and feature Indiana pork, beef, poultry, soybeans, corn, dairy and an Indiana wine pairings. The reverse side of the card features a photo of the farmer who supplied the recipe, plus information about his family. The whole idea is to help connect more people with modern agriculture, sources say.

There are daily winners of popcorn selected by a random drawing at the close of each day, plus one overall winner of the chest freezer selected on the last day of the fair.

IFoF cooperates with Feeding Indiana's Hungry to make sure donated food gets to people that need it.

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