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100 FREE Things To Do at the 2022 Indiana State Fair

1. Challenge your friends to a game of putt-putt golf

  • Corteva Agriscience™ FFA Pavilion
  • Daily, 9AM - 9PM

2. See if your kiddos can reel in the catch of the day at the DNR Fishing Pond

  • DNR Building
  • Daily, 10AM – 1PM, 4PM – 7PM

3. Get around the grounds for FREE on the tractor shuttles

  • Around the grounds
  • Dates/Times Vary

4. Decide on your favorite hot air balloon and cheer it on at the PNC Bank Hot Air Balloon Race

  • Infield
  • 7/30 - Sunrise

5. Watch the Indiana State Fair Parade

  • Main Street
  • Daily, 1PM on Thursdays & Saturdays, 6:30PM - 7PM all other days

6. NEW! Watch the Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show

  • MHS Family Fun Park
  • 8/3- 8/22: 12PM, 3PM and 5:30PM

7. Visit beautiful butterflies at the Butterfly Exhibit

  • DNR Building
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

8. Meet and pet baby goats

  • Goat Mountain
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

9. Visit Pioneer Village and be transported back into the 1800s!

  • Pioneer Village
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

10. Hop to Animal Town to find rabbits & baby bunnies, along with hatching chicks

  • Animal Town (MHS Family Fun Park) & Momma Town (Expo Hall)
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

11. NEW! Abate of Indiana's Children's Motorcycle Adventure

  • Gate 12
  • August 13 & 14, August 20 & 21, from 2PM- 8PM

12. Kiddos getting restless? Take them to the NEW Bubble Tower

  • MHS Family Fun Park
  • Daily, 9AM-8PM

13. Take a self-guided trail around the Fairgrounds – pick up maps for The Wonder Trail at Animal Town or any State Fair Information Booths presented by Prairie Farms.

  • Around the Grounds
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

14. Tour the Indiana History Train presented by Indiana Historical Society

  • MHS Family Fun Park
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

15. Let your youngsters take on the role of a farmer for the day by participating in Little Hands on the Farm presented by CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plans

  • MHS Family Fun Park
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

16. NEW! The Flying Fools High Dive Show

  • Main Street
  • Daily, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, 5PM & 7PM

17. Meet Johnny Appleseed!

  • Pioneer Village
  • 7/30 & 8/6 - 10:30AM

18. Meet the Indiana State Fair Queen, Alyssa McKillip, at Introduction to Royalty: Our Indiana County Fair Queens!

  • Pioneer Village Opry House
  • 8/14 - 5:00PM

19. Marvel at the giant cheese sculpture sculpted by Sarah Kaufmann “The Cheese Lady” and presented by American Dairy Association Indiana Inc.

  • Ag/Hort Shopping District
  • Daily, 9AM - 9PM

20.Watch the 1926 Model T Rapid Assembly

  • Enough Plaza
  • 7/30 & 7/31- Times vary

21. Take in fair festivities as you walk across the scenic Covered Bridge

  • Near the Midway at the west end of the Fair
  • Daily, 9AM - 9PM

22. See beautiful works of art created by local artists

  • Indiana Arts Building
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

23. Get creative inspiration with the Make it with Wool Fashion Show

  • Indiana Arts Building
  • 7/31 – 2PM

24. Feeling cozy, stop by and see the Quilting Hall of Fame Exhibit

  • Indiana Arts
  • Daily – 9AM

25. Check out the Championship Rodeo’s Slack Run

  • Hoosier Lottery Grandstand
  • 8/18 - 1PM

26. Watch woodworkers make chairs, toys, and more in Pioneer Village

  • Pioneer Village
  • Dates/times vary

27. Get involved in STEM & FFA interactive activities

  • Normandy Barn
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

28. Play corn hole or do a scavenger hunt to win a prize

  • Farm Bureau Building
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

29. NEW! Visit the IDOE Literacy Reading Garden

  • MHS Family Fun Park
  • Daily, 9 AM - 8PM

30. See your favorite local celebrities at the Celebrity Milking Competition

  • MHS Family Fun Park
  • 8/17 - 11:30AM

31. Witness Vintage Farm Machinery in Action

  • Pioneer Village
  • Daily, times vary

32. Join us for the kick-off to the 2022 Fair at the Opening Ceremonies

  • Farm Bureau Building Parking Lot (The Backyard)
  • 7/29 - 8:30AM

33. Visit the Indy Landmarks Hoosier's Auto History Display

  • World of Speed presented by Subaru of Indiana Automotive
  • Daily, 9AM - 9PM

34. NEW! IMS Museum presents: Traditions

  • Farm Bureau Building
  • Daily

35. Let your kiddos design or color their very own quilt square

  • Pioneer Village
  • Dates/times vary

36. Visit Canstruction

  • Ag/Hort Shopping District
  • Daily, 9AM - 9PM

37. Watch the POWERFUL Mighty Mike Show

  • Main Street
  • Daily, 1PM, 3:30PM & 6PM

38. If you’re feeling brave, come see the Roving Naturalist

  • DNR Building
  • Daily, 11:30AM

39. See how butter is churned!

  • Pioneer Village
  • Dates/times vary

40. Find out the difference between a llama and an alpaca at the 4-H Llama and Alpaca Show

  • Champions Pavilion
  • 7/29 – 8AM

41. Learn about the History of Quilts in America

  • Pioneer Village
  • Dates and times vary

42. Watch the Chocolate Cupcake Contest

  • Indiana Arts Building
  • 8/17 - 3PM

43. Watch the Backyard Garden Open Show

  • Indiana Arts Building
  • 8/14 - 12PM

44.Get a new look at livestock with the Mule & Donkey Performance

  • Indiana Farmers Coliseum
  • 7/30 – 9AM

45.Watch and learn from the best at the Youth Talent Contest

  • Dance Stage
  • Dates/times vary

46.Feel protected from the sun with the FREE sunscreen provided by the Fair!

  • Indiana State Fair Information Booths pres. by Prairie Farms
  • All Day

47.Love horses? Come see the 4-H Horse & Pony Contesting

  • Indiana Farmers Coliseum
  • 7/29 – 9AM

48.NEW! Come visit Momma Town

  • Expo Hall
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

49.Visit the Purdue Extension Design and Innovation Studio

  • Normandy Barn
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

50. Architectural Trolley Tour

  • DNR Building
  • Dates and times vary

51. See what Indiana Birds of Prey are all about

  • DNR Building
  • Daily - 4:30PM

52. NEW! inflate-O-Rama

  • Gate 12
  • 8/29 & 8/30

53. Attend the Baton Twirling Contest

  • Expo Hall
  • 8/19 - 9AM

54. Visit the Mural Derby

  • The Backyard
  • 7/31- 9AM

55. Cheer on your favorite horse & jockey at Grand Circuit Harness Racing featuring the Fox Stake

  • Hoosier Lottery Grandstand
  • 8/10 - 11AM

56. Visit the livestock and learn at the Children’s Barnyard

  • Corteva Agriscience™ FFA Pavilion
  • Daily, 9AM – 9PM

57. Visit the King Arthur Baking company Youth Cookie Contest

  • Indiana ArtsBuilding
  • 8/6, 2:30PM

58. Fulfill your cravings at Taste from Indiana Farms featuring Indiana commodity groups

  • Indiana Arts Building
  • 8/17 – 8/20, 11AM – 6PM

59. See more animals with the Reptiles Rule! LIVE Reptile Program

  • Dept. of Natural Resources Building
  • Daily – 10AM

60. NEW! Speed: Science of Motion Exhibit

  • World of Speed presented by Subaru of Indiana Automotive
  • Daily, 9AM - 9PM

61. Let's Talk Livestock

  • MHS Family Fun Park
  • Daily, 1, 3, 5, & 7PM

62. Browse the merchandise and apparel at the new and improved Indiana State Fair gift shop locations

  • Ag/Hort Shopping District & under the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand
  • Daily, 9AM - 9PM

63. Watch the 4-H Cat Show

  • Expo Hall
  • 7/31- 12PM

64. Take a stroll through Hoosier Lottery Expo Hall and browse the various vendor booths

  • Ag/Hort Shopping District
  • Daily, 9AM - 9PM

65. Watch a cake decorating demo

  • Indiana Arts Buildings
  • 8/7 – 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 & 4:30PM

66. Come out to see the Indiana Fashion Foundation Marketplace

  • Indiana Arts
  • Dates/Times Vary

67. Want to cool off? Come over to the TapRoom

  • The TapRoom
  • Daily – 12PM – 9PM

68. View historical artifacts and exhibits, along with old-time ice cream treats and an antique pharmacy

  • Hook’s Museum & Soda Fountain
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

69. Tour the Speed Barns

  • Sponsored by the Indiana Standardbred Association
  • 8/17 &8/18 - 10AM

70. Visit Chuck Taylor and Indiana Basketball at the Indiana History Train

  • MHS Family Fun Park
  • 8/17: 9AM -8PM

71. Visit Indiana’s Urban Garden/Take-Out Garden and complete the scavenger hunt to receive a free garden kit to take home and plant!

  • Greenhouse
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

72. Come on down to watch the Spelling Bee

  • The Backyard stage presented by Universal Windows Direct
  • 8/20- 12PM

73. Come watch a variety of dancers and try to dance along

  • Dance Stage
  • Daily, times vary

74. Watch the Art of Wood Carving Demonstration

  • Pioneer Village
  • 8/3 - 8/20, 9AM

75. Pathway to Water Quality Presented by Indiana American Water

  • Pathway to Water Quality
  • Daily, 9AM - 9PM

76. Attend the Kid's Cookie Decorating Contest

  • Indiana Arts Building
  • 8/20 – 10AM - 2:45PM

77. Get a photo for the ‘gram! Find 2022 Indiana State Fair Queen, Alyssa McKillip, and get a picture with her!

  • Around the grounds
  • Daily, 9AM – 8PM

78. Come sit and relax in the Indiana State Fair Wine Garden presented by Indiana Grown

  • Ag/Hort Shopping District
  • Daily, 11AM – 9PM

79. Work and view an old thrasher farm machine and much more in Machinery Field

  • Pioneer Village
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

80. NEW! USA Mullet Championships

  • In front of Indiana Farmers Coliseum
  • 7/30 - 2PM

81. It would be baaad if you missed the 4-H Market Lamb Show

  • Blue Ribbon Pavilion
  • 8/5 - 8AM

82. Watch the Pedal Tractor Pull to see all the amazing tractors

  • Hoosier Lottery Grandstand
  • 7/30 – 2PM

83. Step back in time and browse the Country Market to get your shopping in!

  • Corteva Agriscience™ FFA Pavilion
  • Daily, 9AM - 9PM

84. See what all the farmers have to say with the Live Farmers Chat

  • Glass Barn presented by the Indiana Soybean Farmers
  • Daily, 2:30PM

85.You won’t want to miss the Indiana Livestock Hall of Fame & 4-H Grand Drive presented by Farm Credit Mid-America

  • Indiana Farmers Coliseum
  • 8/7- 7PM

86. Visit the State Fair Cinema, presented by Pluto TV

  • World of Wheels pres. by Subaru of Indiana Automotive
  • Daily, 9AM - PM

87. Show your patriotism at the Daily Flag Raising Ceremony

  • Pioneer Village
  • Daily, 9AM

88. NEW! Walk around our Selfie Photo Trail

  • Around the grounds
  • Daily

89. Stay safe, and wash your hands! Visit one of our hand-sanitizing stations or restrooms

  • Around the Grounds
  • Daily

90. Come learn more about beef and dairy cattle

  • Animal Town and Pioneer Village
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

91. Check out the Indiana Young Farmers Association Exhibits

  • Indiana Young Farmers Building
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

92. Attend the Liar’s Contest presented Storytelling Arts of Indiana

  • Pioneer Village
  • 8/5 - 7PM

93. Hear a variety of entertainment and music acts on the Free Stage

  • Free Stage
  • Daily, times vary

94. Check out the Indiana Grown Marketplace

  • Ag/Hort Shopping District
  • Daily, 9AM - 9PM

95. Get hungry and healthy with the Giant Vegetable Contest

  • Ag/Hort Shopping District
  • 8/13 – 11AM

96. See all of your favorite animals at the Petting Zoo

  • Corteva Agriscience FFA Pavilion
  • Daily, 9AM - 8PM

97. Watch hot air balloons light up the sky at PNC Bank's Hot Air Balloon Night Glow!

  • Hoosier Lottery Grandstand
  • 7/29 - 9PM

98. Take a picture under the famous Midway sign and post it on social media for all your friends to see. Don’t forget to hashtag #indystatefair!

  • Midway presented by Indiana 811
  • Daily

99. Check out the 4 -H Education Station

  • 4-H Exhibit Hall
  • 7/31 - 10AM

100. Cool off on a hot, summer day at the giant mist fans!

  • Around the Grounds
  • Daily
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