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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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Annual Taste of the Fair features new Fair food; fairgoers are encouraged to vote for their favorite

August 13, 2018, INDIANAPOLIS, IN- The animals are a tradition, the Midway is a blast and the wide variety of circus performers are spectacular, but one of the best parts of the Great Indiana State Fair is the wide variety of fair foods that are featured. And this year, there are even more wacky, fun fair foods that are better than ever.

While the 2018 Indiana State Fair maintains many staple fair foods of the past, these new food items are featured in a food contest called “Taste of the Fair,” which encourages fairgoers to vote on their favorite new item. To vote, find the nearest State Fair Information Booth presented by Prairie Farms to get a ballot and vote for your favorite new fair food or vote on the Indiana State Fair Mobile App. The top three winners will be announced Friday, August 17.

And, one of the easiest and cheapest ways to taste your way around the fair is to take advantage of $2 Tuesdays, presented by the Indiana Secretary of State, where all food stands offer a $2 option, fair admission is only $2 per person and Midway rides are only $2. The final $2 Tuesday of the State Fair is Tuesday, August 14.

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Indiana State Fair Announces #FairFashionFridays Social Media Campaign

Indianapolis, IN- The 2018 Indiana State Fair encourages fairgoers to show off their State Fair/Indiana pride every Friday during the fair (August 3, 10, 17). #FairFashionFridays, a social media campaign, encourages to photograph and share images of their fair fashions – denim and Indiana-branded T-shirts or tank tops – while enjoying the Fair.

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Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champions Crowned at 4-H Grand Drive presented by Farm Credit Mid-America

August 6, 2018, Indianapolis, IN- Several exhibitors finished as Grand and Reserve Grand Champions at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum yesterday at 7 p.m. during the 2018 Indiana State Fair Grand Drive presented by Farm Credit Mid-America. At the event, 4-H members showed livestock of various species, weights, and classes in the Indiana Farmers Coliseum during the Indiana State Fair. Categories included Dairy Steer, Meat Goat Wether, Sheep, Rabbit Meat Pen, Market Barrow, Beef Heifer and Beef Steer.

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The Indiana State Fair Announces Mayor Joe Hogsett’s Bike to the Fair Day

August 6, 2018, INDIANAPOLIS, IN-  On the second Saturday of August, fairgoers will have the opportunity to join Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, on a bicycle ride to the Indiana State Fair. The ride will launch at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 11 from the Frank and Judy O’Bannon Old Northside Park, located at 950 East 16th Street in the Monon16 neighborhood, and will end at that the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center, located at 1202 E. 38th Street. Once fairgoers arrive at the Fair, they will get the opportunity to save $1 on admission by using Pedal & Park located along 38th Street and the Monon Trail.

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World’s Ice Cream Eating Championship Winner Announced at the Indiana State Fair

August 5, 2018, Indianapolis, IN- Today a crowd of enthusiastic fairgoers gathered to watch current world eating champion Joey Chestnut and other competitive eaters battle it out in an attempt to break the world record for ice cream eating. Held at the Indiana State Fair’s World’s Ice Cream Eating Championship in ENOUGH Plaza at 2 p.m., Geoffrey Esper won this year’s contest after consuming 15.5 pints of ice cream in six minutes.

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