Our Staff in the Community

The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center is dedicated to offering opportunities for our staff to be involved in making a difference in the community and becoming civically engaged individuals. Below are our organization-wide initiatives. We also seek to support the work of our staff on their own time as we learn more about their passion for a wide variety of civic contributions.


2019 Intern Service Day

17 of our summer interns participated in the Intern Service Day on June 18th working on landscaping at Coburn Place and cleaning up garden beds at the Capitol Ave. Gardens in the Mapleton Fall Creek Neighborhood. It was a great day and very much appreciated by our community partners!

Community Harvest Day – April 2019

For our Spring Community Harvest Day, 39 Commission employees and 5 Urick Concessions employees went out into the adjacent neighborhoods and worked on several projects together. There were folks building gardens, cleaning up gardens, cleaning up curb lines and parks and more for our second Community Harvest Day!


Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana

21 staff members served at Gleaners and the impact was amazing and rewarding. We inspected, sorted or scanned 7,314 lbs of food feeding 6,095 people – All of this in less than 3 hours!

Season of Giving – 2018

The ISF&EC staff, in partnership with the Indiana Housing Authority, adopted two single-mother families, providing them with a mountain of gifts for the holidays!

Community Harvest Days

ISF&EC staff had the opportunity to go out into the communities that surround the Fairgrounds to assist our neighborhood partners! Thank you to Meridian Kessler, Mapleton Fall Creek, United Northeast Community and Watson Park for allowing us to serve you!

Lilly Global Day of Service

On September 27 our staff worked alongside 120 Eli Lilly employees for the Lilly Global Day of Service! We are thankful to this great organization for giving us the opportunity to help better our Fairgrounds and our community!

Coburn Place Lemonade Stand

On Friday, July 20, the kids of Coburn Place held their annual lemonade stand to raise money for new school shoes and school supplies! ISF&EC staff took a break from Fair planning to visit our neighbors and support their cause!

Employee Sock Drive

Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center staff held a very successful Sock Drive in the winter of 2018! Wheeler Mission, Coburn Place and MorningLIght, Inc. benefited from this collection that was delivered in February. In addition, clothing from the Garage Sale held at the Fairgrounds was shared with Wheeler Mission, Morning Light and Dress for Success.

Neighborhood Clean Up Day – April 14

Members of our staff worked side-by-side with neighbors from the Keystone-Monon and Watson Park on the city-wide neighborhood clean-up day, Saturday, April 14.

Keystone-Monon Community Garden

The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center is proud to have a garden plot in the Keystone-Monon Community Garden in Arsenal Park. A team of 8 staff members have committed to bringing to life a Salsa Garden for 2018. Come back and visit for updates on our progress!