Indiana State Fairgrounds, INDIANAPOLIS, IN, August 21, 2017 – As the 2017 Indiana State Fair drew to a close Sunday night, one milestone remained for twenty-four 4-H youth whose hard work and dedication had earned them the right to attend the Celebration of Champions at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center, INDIANAPOLIS, IN, 8/20/17 – The 2017 Indiana State Fair themed “The Wonderful World of Food” welcomed a total of 906,732 fairgoers through its gates over a 17-day run, August 4th-20th, which marks a 24% increase in attendance over 2016. With 17 days of fantastic weather, the fair had steady crowds that enjoyed new attractions, a wide variety of food, and free entertainment.
Indiana State Fairgrounds, INDIANAPOLIS, IN, August 17, 2017 –The Indiana State Fair Foundation’s 3rd annual Harvest Dinner, held last evening at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, raised $79,620 for 4-H youth through the Indiana State Fair’s Celebration of Champions.
The Harvest Award was presented posthumously to Mauri Williamson, founder of the Indiana State Fair’s Pioneer Village. The award was accepted by Mauri’s children Marsha Mohr and David Williamson. Nearly 650 business leaders, government officials and friends of the fair enjoyed mingling during the cocktail hour, followed by a hearty meal and beverages served in mason jars.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Hoosiers helping those in need is part of Indiana’s culture, and an effort led by the Indiana State Fair has prompted 32 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 32 counties have helped Farmers Care collect just over $26,880 and 43,701 pounds of food. The top five county food drives have been determined by the amount of food they collected:
- Porter County – raised $22,450
- Miami County – collected 11,050 pounds of food
- Washington County Farmers Merchants – collected 5,862 pounds of food
- Newton County – collected 3,920 pounds of food
- Tipton County – collected 3,324 pounds of food
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Twelve Indiana State Fair food vendors entered the 2017 Taste of the Fair contest in hopes of winning the titles of “Grand Champion”. Many concessionaires worked all year to create their unique food offerings. The 2017 Grand Champion Taste of the Fair titled has been awarded to Deep Fried BBQ Bacon, created by reigning champs Goodwin Family Products. Goodwin won Taste of the Fair in in 2015 with a specialty fruit shake-up, and again in 2016 with “Pig-on-a-Stick.”
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Located in the Indiana State Fair’s MetroPCS Family Fun Park, Little Hands on the Farm, presented by CollegeChoice 529, is an interactive, mock farm experience encompassing 13 interactive barns that offer a hands-on activity at each stop. Every year, nearly 26,000 young ones visit the exhibit. Three-fourths of these visits occur during the Indiana State Fair.
New World Record Set at Prairie Farms World’s Ice Cream Eating Championship at the Indiana State Fair
Indianapolis, IN, 8/13/17 –A new world record was set today in front of a group of enthusiastic fairgoers when the world’s top competitive eaters gathered in Indianapolis for the first-ever Prairie Farms Worlds Ice Cream Eating Championship at the Indiana State Fair. Miki Sudo, a top-ranked competitive eater from Las Vegas, NV, set a new world record by downing an astounding 16 pints of ice cream in six minutes. Sudo received $2,000 of the total $4,000 Championship purse.
Major League Eating to Host First-Ever Prairie Farms World’s Ice Cream Eating Championship at the Indiana State Fair
Indianapolis, IN, 8/11/17 –The world’s top competitive eaters will gather in Indianapolis for the first-ever Prairie Farms Worlds Ice Cream Eating Championship at the Indiana State Fair at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 13th, at ENOUGH Plaza in front of the Indiana Farmers Coliseum during the Indiana State Fair. As part of its “Wonderful World of Food” theme, the Indiana State Fair is celebrating ice cream on and honoring the Indiana dairy farmer throughout the day on Sunday.
The Indiana State Fair offers Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature Culture Organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – At the 2017 Indiana State Fair, the Wonderful World of Food is being celebrated and taking fairgoers on a journey throughout the Fairgrounds and around the globe. As part of this year’s theme, the fair is offering a museum-quality exhibit, Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture. Organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, the experience is unlike any other at the Fair. The classic Harvest Pavilion has transformed into a museum, taking all who enter back through time to experience the challenges humankind has faced with feeding the masses. When visiting the exhibit, fairgoers can visit an ancient market place, prepare a virtual meal, and learn where their food comes from.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN, August 6, 2017- Six exhibitors finished as Grand and Reserve Grand Champions this evening in the 2017 Indiana State Fair Grand Drive, presented by Farm Credit Mid-America. Hardworking 4-H Members showed livestock of various species, weights, and classes while battling it out in the Indiana Farmers Coliseum during the Indiana State Fair. Categories included Dairy Steer, Meat Goat Wether, Market Lamb, Rabbit Meat Pen, Market Barrow, and Beef Steer.