INDIANAPOLIS - It's not every day you can see a team of balancing jugglers or a gallery of agricultural paintings by an acclaimed artist. You can't always watch miniature dogs race around a miniature track or see a world-renowned Pop star perform all of her top hits. You can only do all that during the best part of the summer - the Indiana Sate Fair.
This year's fair offers all those things and more crammed into its 17 days. It will start with the traditional Marsh Band Day competition Aug. 5 and end with a huge fireworks exhibition Aug. 21. In between, there will be loads of livestock shows and competitions, lots of great performances from local and national artists, and more food than you can shake a stick at, especially since that stick likely has food on it.
It's the "Year of Soybeans" presented by Indiana Soybean Farmers, which means lots of learning about all the things we use soybeans for, and all the great foods that come from soybeans and the high-protein livestock feed it provides. It also means fun exhibits and events like the giant soybean mural in the Ellison Bakery Home & Family Arts Building and the Indiana Soybean and Cornhole Toss Tourney presented by Indiana Corn and Soybean Farmers on the fair's final weekend.
Germany will be featured in the International Pavilion, so millions of Hoosiers with German ancestry should enjoy the varied performances, exhibits and authentic foods available there. Art lovers can take in Douglas David's "Farm to Fair" exhibit in the Normandy Barn or ponder J. Seward Johnson's 20-foot "Time for Fun" sculpture based on Renoir's famous "Dance in the Country" painting.
The different stages around the grounds will offer up the best in music of all types, from rock to rap and Christian to country. Janet Jackson anchors another great line-up of Hoosier Lottery Grandstand performers that also includes Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Train and Maroon 5.
Maybe the best part of the fair is how affordable it is, especially with the numerous deals and discounts available throughout the fair. The Midway is offering huge savings on all-day ride wristbands when purchased at any Indiana Walmart prior to Aug. 5. They will also give wristband holders a free Pepsi and game ticket during their visit.
There's so much to see and do in such a limited time. It lasts just 17 days - the 17 best days of summer!
About Indiana State Fair
The Indiana State Fair is the state's largest multi-day event attracting more than 900,000 people annually. Nationally recognized for offering the best in entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premiere facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair is an annual tradition for generations of Hoosiers. Admission is $7in advance, $8 at the gate - kids 5 and younger are free. For more information, please visit http://www.indianastatefair.com/.
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