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Indiana State Fair Commission’s Cindy Hoye Inducted into Industry Hall of Fame

LAS VEGAS, NV — November 27, 2017 — Today at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) 127th Annual Convention, Cynthia “Cindy” Hoye of the Indiana State Fair was inducted into the IAFE Hall of Fame. The IAFE Convention is currently taking place Nov. 26-29, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The highest honor bestowed by the IAFE, the Hall of Fame Award is presented annually in recognition of an individual’s distinguished achievement in, or contribution to, the Fair industry.

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Indiana State Fair Commission Statement – Andre Lacy

Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center

Nov 30, 2017 – The Indiana State Fair Commission (ISFC), the Indiana State Fair Board, and the entire ISFC organization are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our Chairman, Andre Lacy.

We feel extremely fortunate to have worked closely with this special man who dedicated his life to providing visionary and enthusiastic leadership to the community.  His extraordinary dedication to the ISFC and the Indiana State Fair will be remembered for years to come.

Our thoughts and sincere sympathies are with the Lacy family during this difficult time.

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22nd Annual Safe Night Halloween Trunk or Treat

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – For the 22nd consecutive year, dozens of community partners are coming together at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center Elements Financial Blue Ribbon Pavilion during Safe Night Halloween Trunk or Treat from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31st. Offering kids and parents a free, safe place to spend Halloween, the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center’s Safe Night Halloween Trunk or Treat is open to all children ages 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult.

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Indiana State Fair Celebration of Champions honors 4-H youth at Indiana Farmers Coliseum

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.

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Indiana State Fair draws more than 900,000 fairgoers

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.

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Third Annual Harvest Dinner Harvest Award Winner Announced

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.

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Indiana State Fair Farmers Care food drive results announced

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:

  1. Porter County – raised $22,450
  2. Miami County – collected 11,050 pounds of food
  3. Washington County Farmers Merchants – collected 5,862 pounds of food
  4. Newton County – collected 3,920 pounds of food
  5. Tipton County – collected 3,324 pounds of food

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Taste of the Fair Winner Announced

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.”

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Little Hands on the Farm presented by CollegeChoice 529

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.

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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.

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