100 YEARS OF HISTORY
For nearly 100 years the Swine Barn at the Indiana State fair has showcased the best Indiana has to offer. Generations of Hoosiers have made memories and built traditions in the old barn. Champions have been selected, purple banners have been won, and countless 4-Hers have learned the value of hard work.
- The Swine Barn was built in 1923 where the old wooden swine pavilion had stood.
- The Fairgrounds hotel, open year round, was moved to a new site just north of the east gate to make room for the Swine Barn, before it was remodelered and enlarged.
- Two show arenas, a thousand cement-floored pens and an original 2,500-animal capacity made it one of the nation's "largest and best appointed."
- Expansion in 1947 increased capacity to 4,000 swine.
- Sixty-seven years after it was built, the Swine Barn hosted its first BMX moto cross race on a specially 1,250-foot, hairpin-curved dirt track.