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Livestock Barns & Buildings

West Pavilion / Cattle Barn

As the largest cattle barn of its kind in the world, this facility is home to thousands of animals during the Indiana State Fair.

Beef steers, bulls and heifers of all colors and sizes make up the Cattle Barn during the first week of the Fair. Dairy cattle will fill the barns the second full week of the Fair. Check out the milking demonstrations and get up close with dairy calves representing all six of the major dairy breeds.

The final weekend of the Fair the Cattle Barn goes to the dogs with many obedience and agility classes.

Pop Weaver Youth Pavilion and Cheri Daniels Arena

The 28,000 sq. ft. Youth Pavilion opened for the 2013 Indiana State Fair and will continue to be a focal point for youth, agriculture, and educational programs. The Youth Pavilion hosts a number of expositions throughout the Fair including the llama, alpaca, horse, mule, donkey, as well as, beef and dairy cattle shows.

South Pavilion / Saddle Horse Barn

The Saddle Horse Barn is home to many horses that compete in the 4-H Horse and Pony Shows. Although the draft horses are also in the Champions Pavilion, because of entry numbers, the “big horses” will be stalled in this barn during their national shows.

In the west hall (HALL D) the pygmy goats will be on display the first weekend of the Fair. Although they are little, the Indiana State Fair is proud to host the largest pygmy goat show in the country.

Blue Ribbon Pavilion / Sheep Barn

In addition to having sheep throughout the Fair, you are also able to catch sheep shearing demonstrations in this building. The Indiana State Fair is also proud to be home to the National Shetland Show and Conference. The dairy goats will be showcased the final weekend of the fair in this building. Last but certainly not least, we anticipate nearly 1,300 dairy goat entries.

The popular Sheep to Shawl contest where you can see how wool is made into usable goods will take place on the performance stage in the Indiana Arts Building.

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY Champions Pavilion / Draft Horse Barn

The draft horse has as long a tradition in Indiana agriculture as the farmer, and the Draft Horse Barn is the place to get up close and personal with Clydesdales, Percherons, Halflingers and Belgians. The Indiana State Fair is proud to stall the participants in the largest six-horse hitch competition in the U.S. and in 2014 the National Belgian Show, National Clydesdale Show and the National Haflinger Show.

The llamas, alpacas, donkeys and mules are also stalled in the Draft Horse Barn.

Poultry & Rabbit Barn / Northwest Pavilion

The Northwest Pavilion will showcase over 1,800 4-H and Open Rabbit entries during the Indiana State Fair. This year you will also have opportunity to see over 100 breeds and varieties of poultry that are exhibited. The Poultry & Rabbit Barn also hosts a number of additional displays including the hatching of baby chickens, turkeys, and ducks and an up-close look at baby bunnies!


The Swine Barn holds approximately 2,300 pigs of 11 different breeds. Judging takes place daily in the center ring. Many fairgoers stop by to see the World’s Largest Male Hog and the Champion Sow and litter; two attractions that leave big impressions on the little ones.

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