State Fair Park and Ride Offers Free Parking
By Andy Klotz
Indiana State Fair
Fairgoers looking to save $5 during their trip to the State Fair should take advantage of the State Fair Park & Ride service at the Glendale Mall. Established in 2004, the service has grown in popularity over the years and now stands out as the only free parking option for fair visitors.
The State Fair Park & Ride is available to everyone. It offers free shuttle service from Glendale Mall’s Rural Street lot, where visitors can also park for free, to the fairgrounds’ northeast corner by the Family Fun Park. The shuttles run every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day of the fair, Aug. 2 – 18.
“I learned about the Park and Ride service from a friend a few years ago and that’s the only way I’ll go to the fair now,” Noblesville resident Jeff Visscher said. “It keeps me from battling the crowds down at the fairgrounds and it’s nice to save a few bucks, too.”
For less budget conscious fairgoers, two new parking options are now available for the first time.
- Reserved Parking guarantees visitors a convenient spot inside the fairgrounds behind the Public Safety Center. This option is available exclusively through the fair’s web site, www.indianastatefair.com, and the spot is only reserved for the date selected. There are a limited number of spaces available and the cost is $20.
- Premiere Guest Parking is available through www.indianastatefair.com or on site, when available. Visitors park in the Old Farmer’s Market lot on the east side of Fall Creek Parkway directly across from Gate 6 and then receive concierge golf cart service inside the fairgrounds to either Pioneer Village or Main Street. There are a limited number of spaces available and the cost is $25.
The State Fair also offers specially designated spots for motorcycles in the One Text or Call Could Wreck It All Infield. Those spots, like all others in the Infield or E-Z Park lots surrounding the fairgrounds cost $5.
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, call 317-927-7500, or visit www.indianastatefair.com