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The Indiana State Fair is excited to welcome you back for another round of fun this summer! Every year, the State Fair Board and staff work to provide the best experience for you all while exhibiting with us. Below are a list of those enhancements and updates.

If you have questions regarding the following information, please contact the State Fair Entry Department staff at 317-927-7515 or Entry@IndianaStateFair.com. Entry Manager Kelsee Robinson will get back to you.


NEW! 2024 EXHIBITOR BADGES

Livestock Exhibitor Credentials

We are extremely excited to provide our livestock exhibitors with Exhibitor Badges this year! This badge will cover your unloading pass, admission into the fair, minor policy credential, and after 8PM credential. We hope this new badge provides a more efficient process for you while enjoying your Great Indiana State Fair.

All Exhibitors will receive 2 complimentary Exhibitor Badges good for admission for each week an entry is made: If exhibitors are entered in multiple departments, they will receive a maximum of 4 badges.

Further Details:

  • Badges will be provided based off the department entered for the following sessions:

- LS1 Friday August 2- Sunday August 11

- LS2 Tuesday August 13-Sunday August 18

Additional Badges and Tickets will still be available for purchase when making your entry through Exhibitors Corner.


NEW! SWINE PRE-PENNING TOOL

This year the Indiana State Fair is excited to provide our 4-H Swine exhibitors the opportunity to select your pen location from home! This process will take place in the Exhibitors Corner platform, where you made your entries. We understand this is a new tool and are here to help you navigate this process.


Click here to download the Pre-Penning How-To

WHAT ARE TBD ENTRIES:

TBD entries are back again this year! When making your ISF entry for 4-H Beef Cattle, 4-H Dairy Cattle, 4-H Meat Type Goats, 4-H Swine, or 4-H Sheep, you will select a TBD entry. You do not need to enter the breed or animal information. The Indiana State fair will work alongside State 4-H to transfer the information of eligible animals from the 4-H Online Portal to Exhibitors Corner by scanning the RFID tags at the trailers. This enhancement will prevent you as our exhibitors and guests from having to re-enter this information.

Make sure to have all animals tagged and DNA turned in by May 15th (or earlier date determined by the county) to ensure you are eligible to exhibit in our 4-H Shows.

Updated Breed Participation Policy / AOB:

For the 2024 Indiana State Fair, an update to the All Other Breeds (AOB) division will be added to each Livestock department. This update will allow more opportunities for youth to exhibit at the Indiana State Fair.

Additional information on the AOB update:

  • If a breed is a recognized breed (one listed in the entry book) they will be exhibiting as that recognized breed. This includes representing the breed in Grand or Supreme Drive, if applicable.
  • If there is a breed that is registered but not currently listed in the entry book, they will be eligible to exhibit in AOB.

Update to 15 head minimum:

  • If a breed does not meet the 15 head minimum for 3 consecutive years, the following year they will exhibit as exhibition only. If they still do not meet the minimum, the breed will be removed but will still be eligible for exhibition in the AOB division.
  • If the 15 head minimum is met, the 3-year tracking period will restart.
  • We will evaluate this guideline following the 2024 Indiana State Fair and make a recommendation for 2025.

We will have a breed show, same as previous years, for the following beef breeds:

4-H Beef Cattle

Angus, Belted Galloway, Charolais, Composite Charolais, Chianina , Chi-Angus, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Limousin, Main- Anjou, Maintainer, Mini Hereford , Red Angus, Red Poll, Salers, Santa Gertrudis, Shorthorn, Shorthorn Plus, Simmental , Sim Solution, Crossbred/Commercial , Slick Steer, Market Heifers, Dairy Beef , Feeder Steers, AOB (to Include any breed not listed above)

Open Beef Cattle

Angus, Belted Galloway, Charolais, Composite Charolais , Chianina, Chi-Angus, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Highland, Limousin, Main- Anjou, Maintainer, Mini Hereford, Red Angus, Red Poll, Salers, Santa Gertrudis, Shorthorn, Shorthorn Plus, Simmental, Sim Solution, Crossbred/Commercial, Slick Steer, Market Heifers, AOB (to Include any breed not listed above)

Open Sheep

Border Cheviot, Columbia, Corriedale, Dorper, Polled Dorset, Horned Dorset, Hampshire, Katahdin, White Lincoln, Natural Colored Lincoln, Natural Colored, North Country Cheviots, Oxford, Rambouillet, Shetland, Shropshire, Southdown ,Suffolk, Texel, Tunis, Commercial Ram and Ewe division, AOB (to Include any breed not listed above)

4-H Market Lambs

Border Cheviot, Columbia, Corriedale , Dorper, Dorset, Hampshire, Horned Dorset, Montadale, Natural Colored, North Country Cheviot, Oxford, Shropshire, Southdown, Suffolk, Texel, Tunis, Blackface Cross, Whiteface Cross, AOB (to Include any breed not listed above)

4-H Breeding Ewes

Border Cheviot, Columbia, Corriedale, Dorper, Dorset, Dorset Advantage, Hampshire, Horned Dorset, Katahdin, Lincoln , Montadale, Natural Colored, North Country Cheviot, Oxford, Shetland, Shropshire, Southdown, Suffolk, Texel, Tunis, Blackface Cross , Whiteface Cross, AOB (to Include any breed not listed above)
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