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2020 INDIANA STATE FAIR UPDATE

The Indiana State Fair Commission and the Indiana State Fair Board announced a modified State Fair 4-H Livestock Show with additional activities that will be held on the State Fairgrounds in August. This year’s traditional Indiana State Fair will not take place. Ultimately, the difficult decision was driven by the impact of COVID-19.

“Unfortunately, key elements including vendors and partners of the Fair began falling off and so we pivoted, and found a way to still serve our communities,” said Brad Chambers, Indiana State Fair Commission Chairman.

“Safety is our number one priority. We’ve spent months working through options that would allow us to host the Fair,’ said Cindy Hoye, Executive Director of the Indiana State Fair Commission. “Agriculture and youth are the foundation of our mission and the heartbeat of the Indiana State Fair, so we are determined and proud to honor our 4-H members with a version of that State Fair experience that allows Indiana’s youth to be recognized for their dedication and hard work.”

The Indiana State Fair is an annual celebration of all things Indiana, showcasing youth and agriculture along with great food, animals, entertainment, and exhibits. It is a complex event that requires years of planning by the staff, partners and vendors. In 2019, nearly 879,000 people attended the Indiana State Fair.

Hoye said “We are grateful for the support of our State Fair Family; each one of you who makes the iconic event possible every summer. To our beloved fans, staff, sponsors, exhibitors, 4-H & FFA members, vendors, volunteers and entertainers – we look forward to being back at full strength in August 2021.”

This is not the first time the Indiana State Fair was modified or did not take place. During the Civil War and WWII the Fairgrounds was needed to support the war effort.

For more information on the Indiana State Fair 4-H Livestock Competition & 4-H Project Showcase, please see FAQs below.

For all other questions regarding the 2020 State Fair, please see FAQs below.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is the 2020 Indiana State Fair not taking place?


Why didn’t you postpone instead of cancel?


Why did you cancel now?


Who made the decision to cancel?


What will you do for 4-H youth?


What is the Indiana State Fair 4-H Livestock Competition & 4-H Project Showcase?


Will there be a 2021 Indiana State Fair?


Has the Fair been canceled in the past?


What about the 2020 Indiana State Fair Queen and the 2021 Queen Pageant?


Will there be any events offering Fair Food?


How can I support the youth of the State Fair?


How can I support the Indiana State Fair Foundation?


Will there be events at the Indiana State Fairgrounds year round moving forward?


My questions isn’t here. May I contact someone directly?

TICKET OPTIONS

OPTION 1: Rollover the balance of your 2020 Indiana State Fair tickets to the 2021 State Fair!


OPTION 2: Receive a refund for the cost of the ticket(s).


Have questions regarding refunds?

4-H LIVESTOCK COMPETITION

What is the modified Indiana State Fair 4-H Livestock Competition & 4-H Project Showcase?



I entered for the 2020 Indiana State Fair, what will happen to my entry fees?


Will I be required to re-enter for the new, Indiana State Fair 4-H Livestock Competition & 4-H Project Showcase?


When will entry open for the new Indiana State Fair 4-H Livestock Competition & 4-H Project Showcase?


What are the deadlines to compete in the new Indiana State Fair 4-H Livestock Competition & 4-H Project Showcase?


What will show in the new Indiana State Fair 4-H Livestock Competition & 4-H Project Showcase?


Are there any new rules or requirements for the new Indiana State Fair 4-H Livestock Competition & 4-H Project Showcase?


What can I enter?


What are the Entry Fees?


Will there be monetary premiums and non-monetary awards like plaques and banners?


Will there be a Celebration of Champions for the top end winners?


Want more Exhibitor information?

4-H LIVESTOCK SHOW SCHEDULE

Click Here to download the livestock schedule

4-H Project Showcase (Non-Animal)

When will the in-person judging happen for the 4-H fashion revue, public speaking, demonstration, or tractor operator skills?


How will 4-H exhibits and projects be judged at the modified 2020 State Fair?


How do I enter fashion revue, public speaking, demonstration, or tractor operator skills?


Can I enter other non-animal project exhibits?


Will awards be presented to exhibitors?


Will cash prizes be awarded?


How can my exhibit be displayed at the modified State Fair 4-H Project Showcase?


Why is there no State Fair achievement trip?


How do I schedule my public speaking, demonstration or tractor operator skills time?


Will the tractor operator skills contest still occur if it is raining August 15?


How can I help with the 4-H Project Showcase on August 15?


Can spectators attend?



Is there a parking fee?

2022 Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant

Will the 2021 Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant be held in January?


What does the cancellation of the 2021 Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant mean for Miss Indiana State Fair 2020?


My county fair crowned a 2020 county queen. Does cancelling the 2021 Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant mean our 2020 county representative will miss out on the Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant experience?


Can my county fair send both our 2020 and 2021 county representatives to the 2022 Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant?


What are the requirements for our 2020 county queen/representative to compete in the 2022 Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant? Specifically, the age requirement(s).


When do we enter our 2020 county representative into the 2022 Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant?


What if our 2020 county representative decides not to compete in the 2022 Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant?


What are the requirements for our 2021 county queen/representative to compete in the 2022 Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant? Specifically, the age requirement(s).


Will the maximum age be increased for the 2022 Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant contestants?



When is the 2022 Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant?


I have additional questions not answered here. Who can I contact with the Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant?

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