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Alex Tagliani in a Beaver Costume? August 5!

Indiana State Fairgrounds

Indiana State Fairgrounds. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Andy Klotz
Indiana State Fair
http://indianastatefair.com/

On Aug. 5, 2013, during the annual Indiana State Fair (Aug. 2-18), fairgoers and IndyCar fans will have a rare chance to see popular driver Alex Tagliani as they’ve never seen him before:  riding a tricycle around the Great Indiana State Fair in a beaver costume.  The embarrassing stunt is the payoff of a bet to friend, fellow driver and 2008 Indianapolis 500 champion Scott Dixon who raised $1,130 more than Tagliani during their Power of 2 Challenge.

The Power of 2 is a fundraising initiative that uses celebrity power for social causes.  In this case, Dixon raised $7,036 for two groups that focus on cancer stricken young people, CanTeen and Teens Living with Cancer, during a two-week campaign that ended last night.  Tagliani raised slightly less, $5,906, for his chosen charity, Anaphyaxis Canada, an organization that helps people with life threatening allergies.

Alex Tagliani

Alex Tagliani

The end result means Tagliani will ride around the fair on a tricycle in a beaver costume, representative of his native Canada, while stopping to have some State Fair fun along the way.  He will begin his journey at 11 a.m. on Main Street in front of the Communications Building and proceed around the fairgrounds to perform the following tasks:

  • Pose for photo with the World’s Largest Male Hog at the Swine Barn
  • Chug a delicious milkshake at the Dairy Bar
  • Try to ring the bell at the “Strong Man”  game at the midway
  • Pose for photo with the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball at the Agriculture/Horticulture Building
  • Feed the goats at Goat Mountain next to the DNR Building
  • Dance with The Fun Bunch line dancers near Gate 12
  • Milk a dairy cow in the Livestock Nursery in the Family Fun Park

Once he successfully completes this circuit, Tagliani will attempt to win back his dignity as he and Dixon duel it out in go-karts at the fair’s Mini-Indy Speedway, a quarter-mile banked oval track in the fairgrounds’ northeast corner.

Dixon will not only enjoy some good laughs at Tagliani’s expense, but he is also feeling relieved.  Had he lost the wager, he would have had to perform the same duties in a sheep costume.  For more information on this challenge or the Power of 2 initiative, please visit www.power-of-2.org.

About Indiana State Fair

The Indiana State Fair is the state’s largest multi-day event celebrating Hoosiers’ spirit and agricultural heritage. Nationally recognized for offering great entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premiere facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair has been an annual tradition for generations of Hoosiers since 1852.  The 2013 fair boasts “Fun at Every Turn” and is celebrating the “Year of Popcorn” presented by Weaver Popcorn Company.  For more information, please visit www.indianastatefair.com

About Power of 2

Power of 2 is a PUBLIC Inc. initiative (www.publicinc.com) unlocking the power of celebrity for social good. PUBLIC is an agency, consultancy and incubator that believes everyone should profit by doing good. PUBLIC mobilizes people through innovative fundraising, advocacy and volunteer engagement campaigns for worthwhile causes. With the Power of 2, the principle is simple. Two celebrities go head-to-head to see who can raise the most money for the charity that they are passionate about. The request to their fans is to give and get two friends to do the same and see who comes out on top. To up the ante (and the fun) there is a wager on the deal between the two celebrities.

ABOVE: Alex Tagliani photo provided by the Indiana State Fair and used with written permission.

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