The Year of the Dairy Cow at the 2012 Indiana State Fair will feature a signature food made from dairy- spaghetti ice cream and meat balls made of malted milk balls. You'll find it at a special booth in the gazebo area of the fair near the Dairy Bar.
The Diary Bar will also feature new choices, including a grilled cheese sandwich that includes pepperjack for a tangy flavor. If you like a bit of spice and twang like I do, you'll love it. I've already tried it out.
Pork barbecue sandwiches will be back, at the Pork Tent, not the Dairy Bar, and I've tried the 2012 edition of those too. They're as saucy and tangy as ever. It's an old favorite back to spice up your fair for another year.
There will be livestock shows, starting with showmanship early in the fair and continuing through the fair. Visit the Indiana State Fair website for complete show schedules.
There will also be lots of concerts on the free stage near the 4-H Building , says Andy Klotz, communications director. Some big name groups will be on the stage, and it will be manned every day. What won't be on the grounds are live, big-time concerts, but they will be at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Grandstand will be used for many events, just none requiring a formal stage. And despite some earlier confusion, the Pepsi Coliseum will be available or use at the 2012 fair. It will be under renovation and not available in 2013. When it reopens for the 2014 fair, it will bear a new sponsor name, yet to be announced.
Fair admission is now $10 per person- pre-sale, available at many stores, or buy a three-day pass for $18. It's still a bargain for families, who will find lots to do in the family fun park on the northeast corner of the fairgrounds, just east of Pioneer Village.
Speaking of the Pioneer Village, look for grand 'ole Opry music shows and an old-time auction with real money. The auction happens on Saturday morning during the last day of the fair.
Our Land Pavilion will be transformed into a display about the food we eat, including displays from Purdue and other companies. You'll also have a chance to sample foods and buy goods in this building.
Dates for the 17-day run are August 3-19. Here's a closer look at activities you can expect to see at this year's fair.