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2019 Miss Indiana State Fair Queen Crowned

INDIANAPOLIS, IN 1/6/19 – Halle Shoults, Miss Benton County, was crowned the 61st Indiana State Fair Queen today at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center. Halle is the second representative from Benton County to be crowned Miss Indiana State Fair, 50 years following Terilyn Krill in 1969.

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Fairgoers to Celebrate the 2019 Indiana State Fair “Heroes in the Heartland” presented by Indiana Donor Network

January 3, 2019, INDIANAPOLIS, IN – To pay tribute to the heroism of everyday Hoosiers, the Indiana State Fair announces that its 2019 theme is HEROES IN THE HEARTLAND presented by Indiana Donor Network.  Throughout the 17-day event, slated for August 2 -18, the Indiana State Fair will salute Hoosier farmers, first responders, educators, members of the Armed Forces, and many others who keep us safe and make us proud. The Fair will celebrate our nurturers, protectors, guardians and guides. Additionally, each day during the fair, Super Heroes featured in box office movies will be highlighted.

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Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center Economic Impact

Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center

Indianapolis, IN – The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center announces that the renovation of the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, along with the continued success of the Indiana State Fair and other events held at the Fairgrounds, generated a direct economic impact of more than $197.4 million on the local economy in 2017, according to an Economic Impact Study conducted by the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. This impact figure is an increase of 22% over a 2011 study in which an impact of $161 million was reported. This is the fourth study conducted by the group since 2001.

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Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center Facility Charge Increase

Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center

Effective January 1, 2019, the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center will be adjusting its Facility Charge from $5 to $8 per vehicle.

For more information, contact Sharon Smith, Communications Manager, at ssmith@indianastatefair.com.

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23rd Annual Safe Night Halloween Trunk or Treat

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – For the 23rd consecutive year, dozens of community partners are coming together at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center to host Safe Night Halloween Trunk or Treat from 5-7PM, Wednesday, October 31. 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 announces 2018 FAIRs Care Food Drive winners

August 17, 2018, INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Hoosiers helping those in need is part of Indiana’s culture, and an effort led by the Indiana State Fair has prompted 35 Indiana county fairs to donate food and participate in the FAIRs Care food drives. Through a partnership with the Indiana Association of Fairs (INAF) and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH), these counties have collected 57,536 pounds of food for local food pantries this summer. The top five counties that have made the most food contributions and will receive a check for $200 are:

  1. Cass County 4-H Fair – raised $34,051.30
  2. Tipton County 4-H Fair – raised $11,669.96
  3. Miami County 4-H Fair – raised $9.352.00
  4. Putnam County 4-H Fair – raised $8.205.00
  5. Wells County 4-H Fair – raised $5,038.3

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

August 20, 2018, INDIANAPOLIS, IN – As the 2018 Indiana State Fair drew to a close Sunday night, one major event remained for 4-H youth whose hard work and dedication had earned them the right to attend the Celebration of Champions in the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The Indiana State Fair Foundation’s Celebration of Champions awards 4-H youth for achievement, scholarship and hard work.

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Indiana State Fair draws 860,131

August 19, 2018 INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The 2018 Indiana State Fair, themed STEP RIGHT UP! to the Greatest 17 Days of Summer, drew 860,131 fairgoers over its 17-day run, August 3-19. The fair attracted a record number of fairgoers on its second $2 Tuesday promotional day by bringing in more than 91,000 guests through its gates, making it the highest attended weekday in fair history.  Perfect weather in the middle of the fair lead to the second highest attended five-day stretch in fair history.

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Top three Indiana State Fair “Taste of the Fair” winners announced

August 17, 2018, INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Indiana State Fair food vendors entered the 2018 Taste of the Fair contest with their new food items in hopes of winning the title of best “Taste of the Fair.”  The top three 2018 “Taste of the Fair” food items have been voted on by fairgoers and selected as winners. The creators of these dishes will take home a “Taste of the Fair” title and a cash prize.

The 2018 first-place Taste of the Fair title goes to Bison Rangoon, created by Red Frazier Bison, who will take home $2,500 in prize money. This item features charred sweet corn puree, cream cheese, and ground bison wrapped in a won ton and deep fried.

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Indiana State Fair presents first Supreme Drive; announces Supreme and Reserve Supreme Champions

August 13, 2018, INDIANAPOLIS, IN- Several exhibitors finished as Grand and Reserve Grand Champions at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Sunday at 4 p.m. during the 2018 Indiana State Fair Supreme Drive. This new event is modeled on the existing Indiana State Fair Grand Drive. However, the Supreme Drive features all female breeding animals whereas the Grand Drive features market animals.

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