162nd Indiana State Fair, Aug. 3-19, 2018 @indystatefair #indystatefair

July 29, 2018 Leave a comment
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Image provided by the Indiana State Fair and used with written permission.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

With no disrespect to any other Indiana organization or event, the Indiana State Fair is simply my most favorite event of the year — and has been for more than six decades!

I started attending the Indiana State Fair in 1952. Yes. 1952! I was still in diapers. But my mother was a quilter and loved to visit the quilt display in the Indiana Arts Building. So away we went to the State Fair each summer.

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An impressive quilt at the 2015 Indiana State Fair.

My most vivid memory of the State Fair is the band contest. My brother played trombone in the Anderson High School marching band that won three consecutive state championships in 1957, 1958, and 1959 — and finished 2nd in 1960! I’ll never forget the announcement of 2nd place in 1960: “And 2nd place goes to — (dramatic pause) — A – N – D” and the crowd went wild. Ben Davis won that year.

And so I’ve attended the State Fair almost every year since then, except when I was serving in the military after college and was stationed out of state. 

This year is no exception. 66 years after my first State Fair, you know I’ll be there as “Step Right Up! The Greatest 17 Days of Summer” features a circus theme, August 3-19, 2018.

That’s right! New to the 2018 Indiana State Fair is a single-ring, world-class circus. Located on the north side of the fairgrounds, there will be three shows per day (included with fair admission) showcasing a variety of world-famous performers, including Bello Nock, the International Circus Superstar. The Big Top Circus is presented by Bee Window.

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The Big Top Circus. Photo provided by the Indiana State Fair and used with written permission.

There are a few activities at the State Fair that I simply must observe each year out of family tradition:

  1. The first thing I always do is get on the Shuttle Train and take a ride all the way around the fairgrounds. It’s the best way to get a quick overview of what’s going on and where everything is located, at least IMO.state-fair-shuttle
  1. A stop at the Dairy Barn for a State Fair Milk Shake is mandatory for me. I prefer vanilla, but there’s strawberry and chocolate, too.state-fair-milk-shake
  1. I still like to stop at the Victorian-era Hook’s Drug Store Museum and take a step back in time at the historic soda fountain and pharmacy.hooks-musem
  2. Even though my cardiologist would not approve, a State Fair tenderloin is a must. Nobody makes ‘em like the ones at the State Fair!state-fair-tenderloin
  1. And I always pay homage to my mother, who died in 2011, by visiting the quilt display as previously mentioned. A sentimental and nostalgic tradition.

In the past five years, I’ve even conquered my fear of heights (at least somewhat!) by finally mustering the courage to ride the giant ferris wheel, and last year by riding the Subaru Skyride (which was new in 2017). The Midway is so colorful and full of visual appeal, especially after dark!

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The Midway at the 2015 Indiana State Fair.

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Subaru Skyride. Photo provided by the Indiana State Fair and used with written permission.

I like to go through the DNR Building and view the fish aquariums. I like to go through the Agriculture-Horticulture Building and see the exhibits. I like to go through Pioneer Village and see all the vintage and antique farm equipment. I like to walk through the animal barns—it’s always interesting to look for the world’s largest hog in the Swine Barn. I like to hang around for the daily parade each evening at 6:30 pm. 

And curiously, I like to walk through the underground tunnel from the infield to State Fair Main Street, because that’s my earliest memory and recollection of the fair.

But that shouldn’t dictate YOUR itinerary! There is so much to see and do at the State Fair that you simply can’t take it in all in one day. So I try to get out to the fair at least 3-4 times each year.

The Chevrolet Free Stage has some great entertainment this year, including Rick Springfield, Natalie Stovall, Anthony Hamilton, Tyler Childers, Randy Houser, Kool and the Gang, Hanson, the Happy Together Tour, Grand Funk Railroad, Hunter Hayes, the Gospel Music Festival with Kirk Franklin, and more. See the entire Free Stage schedule on our Web site at https://aroundindy.com/fairgrounds.php.

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The giant hot air balloon race kicks off the fair on Friday, August 3, at sunrise (weather permitting), with the Illuminated Tractor Parade and Balloon Night at 9 PM that night. And the aforementioned State Fair Band Day is Saturday, August 4.

This year’s State Fair Queen is Audrey Campbell from Fountain County. Congratulations, Audrey!

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2018 State Fair Queen Audrey Campbell. Photo provided by the Indiana State Fair and used with written permission.

The gates open daily at 8 am and are open until 9 pm Sunday-Thursday and 9:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Exhibit and building hours are 9 am to 9 pm.

Onsite parking is $5 until the fairgrounds parking is full. Or you can park at Glendale Mall’s Rural Street lot and ride the Indiana State Fair shuttle for free. There are also $5 lots located south of 38th Street across from the Main Gate and at the Indiana School for the Deaf on 42nd Street. And you can save $1 off fair admission when you bike to the State Fair and use one of the secured bike racks available on the Monon Trail at 38th Street.

General admission is $13 (under 6 free). You can get advance tickets for $8 before August 3. The Chevrolet Free Stage concerts are included with admission. Discount tickets can be purchased online at https://indianastatefair.com and at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center Box Office, located inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum, now through August 2.

By the way, there are several free admission specials:

  • Monday, August 6: Current and former military, and their families, receive free admission with ID presented at the gate.
  • Monday, August 13: Statewide Firefighters, Police Officers and EMT personnel and their families receive free admission when ID or badge is presented at the gate.
  • Wednesday, August 8 and 15: Free admission with IndyStar ticket.
  • Thursday, August 16: AAA cardholders receive free admission with valid AAA membership card presented at the gate.

And there are discounted admission offers on other days throughout the fair.

It’s almost impossible to write a blog post of any length and cover everything at the fair. So visit the State Fair Web site at https://www.indianastatefair.com/state-fair/ for complete information, or call 317-927-7500.

I hope to see you at the fair this year! And I hope this is the year we crack one million in attendance.

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A view of the State Fairgrounds from the top of the giant ferris wheel. See, I finally did it! [grin]

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The Indiana State Fair provided AroundIndy.com, LLC with complimentary tickets to the 2012 Indiana State Fair; 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 annual media passes; and media passes to the 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Indiana State Fair.

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6th Sun King CANvitational, Sept. 8, 2018 @sunkingbrewing @georgiastindy

July 27, 2018 Leave a comment
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By Jessica Redden
On behalf of Sun King CANvitational
 
The Midwest’s largest canned craft beer festival is back! The 6th annual Sun King CANvitational will return to downtown Indianapolis on Sept. 8, 2018.
 
Located on the west block of Georgia Street, known for Super Bowl XLVI festivities and the famed Pan Am Plaza, this year’s CANvitational will showcase more than 55 craft breweries from across America that can their beers.
 
Award-winning breweries will offer samples of craft beer, and patrons can enjoy local food trucks and music, all in an urban downtown atmosphere. All proceeds from the event will benefit six central Indiana not-for-profits.
 
“For our 6th year hosting the Sun King CANvitational, six central Indiana charities will benefit from the festival proceeds,” said Sun King Brewery co-founder and head brewer Dave Colt.
 
“Sun King has invited over 55 can craft beer friends from near and far to join us in celebration, and we are excited to announce this year’s CANlaboration is with Founders Brewing of Grand Rapids, Mich. Founders has been instrumental in the craft beer movement and our CANlaboration will be released during CANvitational.”
Sun King Brewing Company is the brainchild of Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. With the help of family and friends, the first keg of Sun King beer rolled out the door for delivery in July 2009.
 
Now available on tap and in cans at hundreds of locations statewide, Sun King has grown into a leader in the craft brewing movement in Indiana.
 
Sun King’s brewers handcraft flagship, seasonal and specialty beers that have been rewarded with multiple medals at the Indiana Brewers Cup, the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions, and the brewery donates to hundreds of community organizations throughout Indiana.
Sun King has three locations: A downtown Indianapolis brewery and tasting room; a small batch brewery and tasting room in Fishers; and Sun King Spirits, a distillery in Carmel that opened in July 2018.
SUN KING CANVITATIONAL DETAILS:
 
WHERE:
Downtown Indianapolis on the west block of Georgia Street
WHEN:
Saturday, September 8 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
TICKETS:
Tickets are on sale now and available at all Sun King locations (135 N. College Ave., downtown Indianapolis; 7848 E. 96th St., Fishers; 351 Monon Blvd, Carmel) or at canvitational.com. A sampling glass and event tasting notebook will be provided to each ticket holder.
GET SOCIAL:
Facebook: @Canvitational
Facebook: @SunKingBrewing
Twitter: @canvitational
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MORE INFORMATION:
For tickets and a list of participating breweries, visit http://sunkingbrewing.com or http://canvitational.com.

Suburban Home & Outdoor Living Fall Show, Sept. 20-23, 2018 @SuburbanIndy @grandparksports

July 26, 2018 Leave a comment
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Grand Park Events Center in Westfield, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2018, all rights reserved.

 
By Kylie Money, BPS Marketing
On behalf of the show producers
 
EVENT: ​
Suburban Indy Home & Outdoor Living Fall Show
 
DATE: ​
September 20-23, 2018
 
TIME: ​
Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 9 pm, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
 
LOCATION: ​
Grand Park Event Center, 19000 Grand Park Blvd. Westfield, IN 46074
 
COST: ​
At the door: $10
Online: Buy One Get One FREE ($5 each)
Kids 12 & under: FREE
 
Beneficiary: ​
Sunshine Social Club will receive 10% of ticket sales revenue
 
DETAILS:
​Suburban Indy Shows will be hosting the Suburban Indy Home & Outdoor Living Fall Show right in the Grand Park neighborhood. The show will run from September 20th to September 23rd.
 
Fall is the perfect time of year for planting, transplanting, landscape, remodeling, and design/build projects! This show was designed to connect Suburban Indy homeowners with local businesses to discuss your landscape, home improvement and home building needs!
 
During the show you will be able to sample and purchase local food and wine, shop with local artists, purchase your autumn decor from local garden centers, find out what’s “on trend” for Fall and the upcoming holiday season, plus learn the best ways to extend your outdoor living season, well into the winter months!
 
The Home and Outdoor Living Fall Show provides something for everyone, including a Kid’s Day on Sunday the 23rd.
 
FOR MORE INFO: ​
Call 317.846.8965 or visit http://www.suburbanindyshows.com

Potatchoes at the Indiana State Fair, Aug. 3-19, 2018 @indystatefair @indianapork

July 26, 2018 Leave a comment
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Potatchoes at the Indiana State Fair. Photo provided by the Indiana Pork Producers Association and used with written permission.

 
By Jeanette Merritt
Indiana Pork Producers Association
 
Indiana Pork is celebrating 50 years of the Pork Tents serving hungry fairgoers. To celebrate, they will showcase a new food item for the 2018 Indiana State Fair “Taste of Indiana” contest.
 
The Potatchoes (see photo) feature delicious roasted pit potatoes, topped with the famous pulled pork barbecue and covered in sour cream, cheese, pico de gallo and jalapenos.
 
“Indiana Pork is excited to celebrate 50 years of our pork tents at the Indiana State Fair,” said Jeanette Merritt, Director of Checkoff Programs for Indiana Pork. “What better way to celebrate than with our new entry in the 2018 Taste of the Fair competition. Fairgoers love our pulled pork barbecue! We think adding potatoes and covering it in delicious toppings will be a hit with fairgoers.”
 
The Potatchoes will be available for guests to purchase for $7 at the three Indiana Pork tent locations during the Indiana State Fair, August 3-19, 2018.

The History Behind Festival Country, Indiana ( @FestCountryIN )

June 16, 2018 Leave a comment
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The Johnson County Museum of History in Franklin, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Festival Country Intern Bridget Wimmer
Johnson County, Indiana

Tucked away, off the main road of Franklin, Indiana is a building full of all the wonders of Johnson County. The Johnson County Museum of History, which was founded by the Daughters of the American Revolution, not only prides itself on educating visitors on how Johnson County came to be, but also does it’s best to bring its community closer together.

This story begins in the Paleozoic era, when Indiana was closer to the equator. Fossil proof of this time can be found at the museum along with evidence of the beginning of mankind in the Johnson County region.

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A pioneer trunk on display at the Johnson County Museum. Photo by Alexis Whiteman provided by Festival Country Indiana and used with written permission.

How they lived and ways they survived are told through the artifacts that are on display at the museum, and you can even walk through a replica home to see for yourself. Can you image living in a day and age where electricity and Wal-Mart weren’t around yet? The museum lets you experience this and so much more.

They even have exhibits that change throughout the year so that every time you come back you will have a different and new experience.

The newest exhibit featured at the museum is Strengthening Community One Scoop at a Time. This exhibit focuses on a few of the local Johnson County ice cream businesses as an example of how local businesses help build a community.

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Pioneer Fiddle Tunes exhibit at the Johnson County Museum. Photo by Alexis Whiteman provided by Festival Country Indiana and used with written permission.

The Johnson County Museum of History is located at 135 North Main Street in Franklin and allows for an interactive experience on how the county has changed from the beginning of time to now. Make sure to make this one of your priority stops when you visit Festival Country, just south of Indy!

The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, and Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm. Admission is free.

For more information on exhibits, check out http://co.johnson.in.us/jcmuseum/permanent-exhibits/, or call 317-346-4500.

For more information about Johnson County, Indiana events, visit https://www.festivalcountryindiana.com.