INDIANAPOLIS—The 2016 Indiana State Fair drew to a close today with a return to “Fair Weather” and the crowds that followed. Proof that good weather brings Hoosiers to the Fair. On the last day of the Fair a new final Sunday attendance record for the 17-day Fair was set with 83,148 fairgoers through the gates.
INDIANAPOLIS—Today the Indiana State Fair Foundation announced the completion of the Coliseum Campaign after raising $10 million towards the $53 million renovation to the Indiana Farmers Coliseum and the $10 million addition of the Pop Weaver Youth Pavilion and Cheri Daniels Arena. This campaign marks the inaugural fundraising effort for the Indiana State Fair Foundation that was founded in 2011.
Hundreds of donors from across the state contributed to the Coliseum Campaign, with the top ten donors contributing more than 90% of the $10.1 million raised.
INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers helping those in need is part of Indiana’s culture, and an effort led by the Indiana State Fair and Dow AgroSciences, has prompted 39 counties to participate in the “Farmers Care” Food Drives. Through a partnership with the Indiana Association of Fairs (INAF) and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH), these 39 counties have helped Farmers Care collect just over $15,394 and 36,360 pounds of food. The top five county food drives have been determined by the amount of food they collected and are as follows:
- Porter County – raised $10,500
- Adams County – 4,500 pounds of food
- Wells County – 3,611 pounds of food
- Jefferson County – 2,985 pounds of food
- Miami County – 2,000 pounds of food
INDIANAPOLIS – The people have spoken! This year’s Taste of the Fair winner goes to Goodwin Family Products with their Pig Sticks. Come try a Pig Stick at the Indiana State Fair open through Sunday!
Out of 23 delicious entries, Goodwin Family Products’ Pig Sticks emerged as the 2016 Indiana State Fair Taste of the Fair Grand Champion. Made with a center cut pork chop and Chef Tony Goodwin’s special BBQ seasoning, these deep fried delights proved to be the most popular food among fairgoers. One anonymous voter on the 2016 Indiana State Fair app even suggested they be renamed “love on a stick”. The Pig Stick is located at the corner of Main Street and State Fair Boulevard near the Midway. Congratulations!
INDIANAPOLIS- The forecast is calling for rain this weekend, but the fun doesn’t stop at the 2016 Indiana State Fair. With plenty of indoor, covered attractions and exhibits, our 250-acre campus provides so many opportunities for fairgoers when the weather won’t cooperate. We outlined suggested parking on a map attached!
INDIANAPOLIS- Six exhibitors finished as Grand Champions in the 2016 Indiana State Fair Grand Drive Presented by Farm Credit Mid-America. The top livestock of various species, weights, and classes and their exhibitors from across the Hoosier state battled it out in the Indiana Farmer’s Coliseum Sunday evening for the title that they have worked towards for the past year. The categories included Dairy Steer, Meat Goat Wether, Market Lamb, Rabbit Meat Pen, Market Barrow, and Beef Steer.
4-H member Travis Wallen, 15, of Johnson County has poured his heart into his Grand Champion Market Barrow since it was just five weeks old. He says his barrow won due to his ‘wow’ factor.
INDIANAPOLIS- After a long, hot summer full of rehearsals, band camps, and performances, the Central Indiana Track Show Association summer contest circuit ended with a bang at the 2016 Indiana State Fair on August 6th. The Force of Winchester Community High School out-marched 48 other bands at Music for All Indiana State Fair Band Day presented by Music Travel Consultants and earned their sixth first place award in 22 appearances at the Indiana State Fair.
After a weekend full of tasting, deliberation, and more tasting, Byway Brewing Company swept the professional division at the 18th Indiana Brewers’ Cup Competition by picking up the title of Grand Champion Brewery of the Year, Indiana Brewery of the Year, and Best in Show. Founded in 2013 by Dave Toth, Tom Duszynski, and Branko Sajn, Byway Brewing Co. currently serves nine beers on tap in their local restaurant and taproom in Hammond, IN.
This year marks 200 years of Hoosier history, and the Featured Farmers presented by Dow AgroSciences honored at the 2016 Indiana State Fair have contributed to that heritage since the very beginning. As was done last year, each day of the 17-day Indiana State Fair will highlight a different farm family from across the state. This year, each Featured Farmer has also received the Indiana State Department of Agriculture’s (ISDA) Hoosier Homestead award, which celebrates farms that have remained in one family for 100, 150, or 200 years.