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Fun Happens Here. All Year. Fall Events Bring Variety to Fairgrounds

Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center

The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center has a fall entertainment season jammed packed with shows and events for the entire family. From Safe Night Halloween, the start of the Indy Fuel season, to Christmas Gift & Hobby Show and the Junior League Holiday Mart, the entire grounds will have an event to offer.

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Public Ice Skating Update


This year the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center Public Ice Skating will be operated by our partners, Indiana Ice Arenas, LLC affiliate of Indy Fuel Hockey. Moving forward, Indiana Ice Arenas will oversee all staffing and programming for ice-related activities within the 29,000 sq. foot facility, which is used year-round, including pricing.

The 2016-2017 season will bring a few changes to public skaters but we are happy to welcome another season of ice skating fun on the grounds.

Learn more about the changes here: http://www.indyfueltank.com/popweaveryouthpavilion

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2016 Indiana State Fair Ends with Sunshine and Record Final Day Attendance


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.

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Coliseum Campaign: Memories in the Making Completed After Raising $10 Million

Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center

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.

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Record Participation in Indiana State Fair Farmers Care Initiative


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

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2016 Taste of the Fair Winner!


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!

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Rain or Shine the Fun Doesn’t Stop at the 2016 Indiana State Fair


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!


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Six 4-H Members Claim Grand Champion Titles

Champion Beef Steer

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.

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Winchester Community Marches to Victory at 70th Annual Indiana State Fair Band Day

Winchester Trophy

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.

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Byway Brewing Company Announced Grand Champion of 18th Annual Brewers’ Cup

homebrewer of the year

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.

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