Education FAQs

  1. How do groups register for a program?
    Groups will register via online forms through the following links. Select the link that applies to the program you would like to participate in. All registrations are a first come, first serve type basis.

  2. What are frequent allergies?
    Frequent allergies are gluten (pizza ingredients), red dye 11 (not used in our sauce) and dairy intolerance. If other allergies are reported we do our best to accommodate the group.
  3. Where do we park for the programs?
    We ask that schools attending an onsite programs park in the gravel parking lot on the east side of Normandy Barn. Normandy  Barn is white with a green roof located on the northeast side of the Fairgrounds. There is a parking map included in the logistics when you register for the program.
  4. Lunch information
    If a lunch time/area is requested, we give approximately 30 minutes for lunch after the program is completed. This time is not included in the allotted three-hour field trip duration. Lunches will be unloaded upon arrival and stored in a temperature control controlled building (Normandy Barn). Please have chaperones ready to help Fairgrounds staff unload upon arrival.
  5. Rotation and program time
    Farm to Pizza has 5 rotations at 25 minutes each. Plants, Animals, and Me has 5 rotations at 25 minutes each and Exploring Biotech has 3 rotations at 45 minutes each. Each program has a maximum of 3 hours not including time for lunch.
  6. Restrooms and washing hands
    There are several restroom locations during the program. Locations are located in the Normandy Barn (Upper and Lower) and the Glass Barn.
  7. Movement from station to station
    The Education Department staff will instruct group when to rotate. They will guide you to the next station in your rotation. All stations are within walking distance of each other.
  8. What is the maximum program size and group size?
    The Education Department has set a max number of 175 students per program. Group sizes will depend on the total number student participants for each program. It is the optimal goal for the department that all group sizes are as equal as possible.
  9. Cost
    Each program costs $4 per student and $4 per parent chaperone. Teachers are free of charge.
  10. When and how do we pay?
    Groups can pay the day of the program by check or cash. If a group needs an invoice, they can request an invoice seven days prior to the field trip. If a group does not pay the day of the event, they will be invoiced and required to pay within 30 days.
  11. Is there a cost for parking?
    There is no cost for parking.
  12. Who do we make checks payable to?
    Please make all checks payable to the Indiana State Fair Commission.
  13. What are the dates for programs?
    Programs are scheduled for 10 weeks in the fall and spring. The fall field trips run mid-September through mid-November. The spring field trips run mid-March through mid-May.
  14. What standards are being taught or reinforced?
    All standards are listed on individual field trip pages.
  15. What is the ratio of students to a chaperones?
    The Barns do not have a required student to chaperone ratio; this is determined by the registering school.