The Indiana State Fair opens this Friday for a 17-day run. Each day will feature a different family involved in Indiana agriculture, acting in a dual role as host and honoree for the day. It's part of the Dow AgroSciences Year of the Farmer celebration at the Indiana State Fair.
Previous state fairs have honored such things as corn, soybeans, timber and more with the 'Year of' program. "Dow AgroSciences is proud to be part of the Year of the Farmer,' says Kenda Resler-Friend, communications specialist with Dow AgroSciences.
You can meet each family before or on their special day here on our Website. Look for this special series starting Wednesday, Aug. 5.
The families cover a wide spectrum of agriculture, from crop farmers to shrimp producers and dairy farmers. There is even one day where the executive director of a local community garden project in Indianapolis will be the honoree.
The honored family will attend a breakfast each morning at the fair. If the nightly parade operates, they will be in the parade. Parades are not scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays due to crowd issues. Parades may or may not be held other days, depending upon the size of the crowd.
One activity every family is scheduled to do on their day is attend a live chat session at the Glass barn on the north side of the fairgrounds. The Glass Barn, now in its third year, is a project of the Indiana Soybean Alliance.
Megan Kuhn with Indiana Soybean Alliance says the time is tentative, but they are currently shooting for a 2:30 p.m. chat time for the farmers and fairgoers in the Glass Barn. The chat will be held in the WeGrow theater inside the futuristic-looking Glass Barn.
Other video chats with farmers live on their farms will be held during the day, Kuhn notes. Getting more people to both watch and participate in these chats is a goal for the Indiana Soybean Alliance this year, Kuhn says.
Indiana State Fair featured families
Look for the names of featured families and their stories here as they appear on the Indiana Prairie Farmer website.
Aug. 7: The Duttlingers, Gentryville
Aug. 8: The Russells, Muncie
Aug. 9: The Koesters, Wadesville
Aug. 10: The Shuters, Frankton
Aug. 11: The Overdorfs, Tipton County
Aug. 12: The McClures, Peru
Aug. 13: Maggie Goeglein Hanna, Indianapolis
Aug. 14: The Lashes, Mentone
Aug. 15: The Stumlers, Fredericksburg
Aug. 16: The Troxels, Hanna
Aug. 17: The Browns, Benton County
Aug. 18: The Whers, Dubois County
Aug. 19: The Morrows, Swayzee
Aug. 20: The Howells, Middletown
Aug. 21: The Wappels, Starke County
Aug. 22: The Richards, Greenwood
Aug. 23: The Bells, Hagerstown