It is time for the Indiana State Fair! The fair opened Friday, August 1 and will run through Sunday, August 17, 2014. The Indiana State Fair will bring you 17 days of family fun and entertainment. Would make a great day trip, or with all the activities it could easily be a 2 day trip.
Admission Prices at the Fair Gates are:
General Admission: $10, Children 5 & under FREE
Parking Pass: $5
Midway Wristband: $30
Indiana State Fairgrounds are located at 1202 E. 38th Street in Indianapolis, IN. There will be lots of food, fun, games and entertainment at this years state fair. The website for more information is http://www.in.gov/statefair/fair/gen_info/index.html
Some interesting historical facts about the State Fair are:
1852 - The first Indiana State Fair is held in downtown Indianapolis.
1892 -The fair moves to its current location at 38th and Fall Creek (farmland back then).
1907 -The original Fairgrounds Coliseum is built.
1916 - A new 2,000-foot high-speed roller coaster is erected.
1919 - The Exposition Hall opens its doors.
1922 - The East Pavilion (Draft Horse Barn) is built.
1939 - The original Fairgrounds Coliseum is constructed.
1947 - The first Indiana State Fair High School Marching Band Contest is held.
1964 - The Beatles perform two sold out shows to 30,000 screaming fans.
1973 - The Jackson Five perform.
1982 -The fair expands from 10 days to 12 days.
1989 -New Kids on the Block sets a Grandstand attendance record with 18,509 fans in the crowd.
1997 - The Sheep Barn, now named the Blue Ribbon Pavilion, is reconstructed into a fully enclosed, modern livestock exhibition space.
2001 - An $8 million renovation of the West Pavilion (Cattle Barn) begins.
2003 - An $8 million renovation of the East Pavilion begins and the building is renamed the Champions Pavilion.
2004 -The 4-H Education Complex receives a $7.5 million upgrade, including the reopening of Centennial Hall (formerly the Boys’ Dormitory).
2005 - A 3,400 square-foot, 1800s-style pin-framed barn is constructed in the Pioneer Village, then dedicated as the (Mauri) Williamson Barn in 2010. Also, the DNR FishIN’ Pond debuts.
2006 -The Indiana State Fair celebrates its 150th year!
2007 -The Indiana State Fair becomes the first state fair in the nation to eliminate trans-fat cooking oil. It’s also the year we began our “Year of” campaigns highlighting one Indiana commodity.
2008 - The Indiana State Fair Covered Bridge is erected on the Fairgrounds’ west end.
2009 - The Indiana State Fair expands from 12 days to 17 days, covering three weekends, and the Normandy Barn moves from 38th Street to the fairgrounds’ north side.
2010 -The Boy Scout Legacy Bridge is erected on the fairgrounds’ east side.
2012 - Construction begins on the renovation of the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
2013 - The Grand Opening of the Youth Arena, a $10 million companion facility to the Coliseum, takes place. Also, the Glass Barn, a 4,500 square foot glass-paneled barn designed to educate visitors on how farming works and how food is produced, debuts on the Fairgrounds’ north side.
2014 - The Fairgrounds Coliseum reopens after a $53 million renovation.