Indiana State Fair: The Grand Finale of Our Best! Summer! EVER!

It really has been the best summer EVER! Not only have we enjoyed the best Indy has to offer and been on a fabulous vacation to Cape Ann, but we’ve done it all for the first time as a family of six.

It’s been amazing to share our beloved city with the boy. Our bonding time has been unbelievable, and now we’re excited to see how it all goes as the kids settle into new schools.

But first, it’s time for the grand finale of our amazing summer — the Indiana State Fair! The fair is August 2nd to August 18th this year and has everything a family needs, all in one awesome package. There’s food, fun, entertainment, and animals galore. Did I mention the food?

Let me break it down for you — here are 4 great reasons to cap off your summer at the Indiana State Fair:

  • Food: There’s just nothing like fair food. Fried foods, elephant ears, funnel cakes… I’m partial to cotton candy, Dairy Bar milkshakes, and the pork tent. You guys, the pork tent. I am already salivating thinking of the BBQ pork. This is the Year of Popcorn, so I’m also crossing my fingers for some good popcorn balls. And don’t forget to check out the world’s largest popcorn ball in the all new Glass Barn.
  • Fun: The midway is where it’s at, and we’ll be taking advantage of Kiddie Mondays with $15 wristbands good on all rides. New this year is a kiddie midway, featuring rides and activities for the younger set. Plus, I’m sure we’re coming home with another set of goldfish from the $5 game. My kids are freaky good at that stupid game; last year we had to buy 3 new tanks to host their 8 fish.
  • Entertainment: There are concerts, events, and demonstrations at every turn. The demolition derby is probably my favorite — $5 admission to the Hoosier Park Grand Stand on August 18th. You’ll find tons of entertainment at Hoosier Park Grandstand, Dow Celebration Park, Marsh Free Stage, and DISH Main Street Stage. Check the entertainment schedule for daily events.
  • Animals: Did you know there are calves born daily at the State Fair? Check out the livestock nursery, animal barns, and pony rides in the Fun Park. Last year we stumbled on baby chicks in the expo hall — adorable!

What’s your favorite part of the Indiana State Fair? Tell Family Fun in the City for a chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to cap off your Best Summer EVER! To enter, simply leave us a comment here and share your favorite thing about the fair.

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Indiana State Fair Details:

Admission: $10 adults and children; 5 and under FREE; discount tickets available at Indiana Walmart stores, CVS/pharmacies, Indiana Farm Bureau, The Marten House Hotel.
Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 8 am – 11 pm; Friday: 8 am – 12 midnight; Saturday: 8 am – 12:30 am
IndianaStateFair.com @IndyStateFair Facebook.com/IndianaStateFair
1202 E 38th Street, Indianapolis IN 46205
317-927-7500

The Family Fun in the City crew was provided with Indiana State Fair tickets to facilitate this post, but all opinions are 100% mine.

44 thoughts on “Indiana State Fair: The Grand Finale of Our Best! Summer! EVER!

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  2. My favorite part is probably the 4 H exhibits. Sewing, woodworking, cake decorating, etc. Some of those are AMAZING. Love it!

  3. So many things to love about the fair… the food, the animals, the Dole Whip! Mmmm… can’t wait!

  4. Thank you for the opportunity. We have not yet attended a state fair but hope to this year. We home school and have several friends from our county who will have 4H exhibits at the state fair. Sot hat is sure to be my favorite part! Of course, a funnel cake comes in a close second! The kids love rides and might be able to talk me into a couple. We’ll see!

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  6. I just “liked” the Indiana State Fair facebook page for an additional fair entry. Thanks!

  7. Can’t wait for the kettle corn, and hopefully my free tickets that I will win!! 😉

  8. We have never been to the Indiana State Fair before but we have a 3 year old so I was excited about the new kiddie area. The rides are always a favorite at fairs and I love that they have stuff for the younger kids.

  9. My favorite part of the state fair is watching my kiddos reaction to the animals.

  10. The fair is the highlight of my summer! I love the hubbub of the crowds and the exhibits.

  11. I like Family Fun in the City and IN state fair on facebook. I love the state fair, I see it diferently with my grandchildren. It will be great to go again if I win tickets, Thanks for the opportunity.

  12. My favorite parts of the Fair:
    Pineapple Whip
    Pork Burgers
    Antique Tractors
    Lots of Animals

    We LOVE the Fair!

  13. I love the state fair because there is so much to see and do! The food, the kids areas, the rides. It’s all great!

  14. My favorite part of the fair is…..There is always something to do for the whole family from riding rides ,shows,free concerts to new food to try! Excited to go this year and if I win tickets ten I can spend more on food!

  15. I like Family Fun in the City and Indiana State Fair on Facebook (Aimee Archer Wachman)

  16. I love the food, friendly folks, and fun at the Fair! Can’t wait to have a grilled cheese and ice cream from the Dairy Bar, ride the Ferris Wheel, and reunite with Fair friends that I only see once a year! Thanks for the chance to win tickets!

  17. My husband’s favorite is the sati-babi (pork on a stick). I always love the horse barn!

  18. We are looking forward to the Indiana State Fair this year for a very special reason: It is the first year we will be taking our grandson to see all of the sites. Chris had a difficult time making it into this world, due to a heart defect, but now he is a very healthy toddler and anxiously awaiting a trip to the fair with his Nana and Pops. We would cherish the tickets and use them to create a memory. Thank you! Toni Burns

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