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Inside the Indiana State Fair

So the Indiana State Fair has been going on for three days and I’ve made two visits already. I know … a bit nuts, but thought I would share a few little tid bits from our visits thus far.

DuPont Food Pavilion – Located on the south side of the track, just east of the Midway and right by the gazebo is a building just full of fun (including kid interactive stations)! The cheese sculpture is on its way to becoming one of a kind. Dupont 2 And don’t forget to stop by the Made in Indiana store!Dupont Bldg

Other freebies – Make sure you make your way around the fair to pick up the recipe cards (from Indiana’s Family of Farmers) which starts/ends in the DuPont Food Pavilion. Once you’ve collected all of them, you win these nice prizes.IMG_7149Have kids? Then pick up the Indiana Dairy Scavenger Hunt (also in DuPont) and answer questions around the fair. Once you have the mystery phrase, redeem at the Dairy Bar for a free milk or mini-milkshake (which is still plenty enough for two people!).

Ag/Hort Building – Located just west of Dupont, you will find all sorts of great things in here. For example, canstruction … one of my favorite exhibits at the fair! (TIP: Look at the works of art through your phone or camera where it shows up more clearly!)IMG_7143 IMG_7142And new this year, learn about seeds, farm to fork and more in this interactive exhibit (where the Ball State train used to be if you remember!).IMG_7146 IMG_7147 IMG_7148Shows – We’ve seen the duck show, Flippenout Trampoline Show and the Gantry Circus Show. Always great to take part in FREE entertainment!Flippenout 1 photoPathway to Water Quality – This hidden gem on the northeast side of the grounds features a free sample of fresh water and a wonderful educational area with interactive stations (including a free necklace made out of wood!). Not to mention it is wonderfully shaded.IMG_7161 IMG_7162Animals – Don’t miss the World’s Largest Pig and the Champion Sow and Litter. IMG_7155 IMG_7160But overall, just have fun. You never know who you might meet at the Indiana State Fair!County Queen IMG_7163

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Written by : Living in Indianapolis for over 10 years now, Carrie is no stranger to traveling throughout the state. She has worked at Conner Prairie and at the Indiana Office of Tourism. Now being at home with her four-year-old daughter, Carrie has even more opportunities to take advantage of Indiana's many attractions. Carrie receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.