The Indiana State Fair winds up Sunday, Aug. 18, with a car show, Elvis impersonator contest, fair queen, demolition derby, gospel singing, high dive show, animals galore, rides, food, games and much more.
“We have had tremendous positive feedback regarding this year’s new shows and exhibits,” said Andy Klotz, pubic relations director for the fair.
“The popcorn ball was a huge draw and the Marsh Free Stage concerts had tremendous crowds pretty much every night,” Klotz said. “In addition, more than 20,000 fairgoers toured the Coliseum and 99.9% of them voiced support and excitement regarding its debut next year.”
Sunday is also Pepsi Day so fairgoers can save $2 on gate admission with an empty Pepsi-brand can.
The state’s largest multi-day event celebrating Hoosier spirit and agricultural heritage, the Indiana State Fair has been an annual tradition for generations since 1852.
The 2013 fair boasts “Fun at Every Turn” and is celebrating the “Year of Popcorn” presented by Weaver Popcorn Company. The fair began Aug. 2 and is located at the State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.
The largest popcorn ball ever created is displayed at this year's Indiana State Fair. The edible oddity weighed in at 6,510 pounds. That topped the old record by 1,450 pounds.
The record-breaking ball took lots of folks and tons of ingredients for its humongous size. In all, the popcorn ball contains 977 pounds of popped popcorn, 1,113 pounds of mushroom-shaped popcorn kernels and 5,534 pounds of caramel-light syrup to hold it together. The syrup consisted of water, sugar and corn syrup.
The gigantic popcorn ball won’t go to waste either. When the Indiana State Fair ends Sunday, the Indiana Family of Farmers will deconstruct the eye-catching sight and feed it to livestock.
The Hoosier ball beat the former record holder – a 5,060 popcorn ball made by a group in Sac City, Iowa, in 2009. The popcorn ball is a way to celebrate the fair’s theme of “Year of Popcorn.” Starting in June, the ball took 75 people a massive 329 hours to build from the ground up.
After workers at Snax in Pax Popcorn in Topeka, Indiana, used a wooden form to get the ball to 2,700 pounds, the massive gooey ball was transported to the State Fairgrounds where State fair staff and volunteers packed on another 3,800 pounds of popped corn.
As the second largest popcorn producing state in America, Indiana is a major player in satisfying the world’s popcorn hunger.
For more information, visit www.indianastatefair.com.