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2019 Indiana State Fair: August 2-18 @indystatefair

July 22, 2019
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The State Fair Sky Ride at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

Heroes in the Heartland presented by the Indiana Donor Network is the theme for the 2019 Indiana State Fair which opens on Friday, August 2, 2019, and continues daily through Sunday, August 18, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 East 38th Street, in Indianapolis.

The 2019 Indiana State Fair will salute Heroes in the Heartland including Hoosier Farmers, First Responders, Educators, members of the Armed Forces, and many others who keep us safe and make us proud.

With no disrespect to any other annual event in Indiana — and there are many outstanding ones — this is my #1 favorite event each year. I first attended the State Fair in 1952 (I was still in diapers!) and have attended almost every year since. I love the tradition and vibe and atmosphere, the exhibits, the animals, the music events and concerts, band day, the Midway, the balloon race, the harness racing, the shuttle train around the fairgrounds — just to name a few — and I love the great variety and selection of fair food (a State Fair milk shake from the Dairy Barn and a State Fair tenderloin are two must-do’s as far as I’m concerned). And speaking of food…

TASTE OF THE FAIR

The 2019 Taste of the Fair features some amazing and incredible food options, including Bison Hush Puppies, Angry Pretzel Poppers, Buffaloaded French Fries (see photo herein), the Hawaiian Hamanator, the Indiana Pork BBQ Split, Lamb Tacos, Hoosier Hometown Hash at the Dairy Bar, and many more mouth-watering and tempting treats. Be sure to vote for your favorite! For information, see https://www.indianastatefair.com/state-fair/taste-of-the-fair/.

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Buffaloaded French Fries at the 2019 Indiana State Fair.
Photo provided by the State Fair and used with written permission.

TICKETS

General admission tickets this year are $13 each (under age 6 free). You can get a ticket online for just $8 (plus $1 convenience fee) — through August 1 — at https://indianastatefair.com. Discounted advance sale tickets are also available at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office through August 1.

A Family 4-pack is available online only for $35. This includes four tickets and one parking pass. This offer is good through August 1.

Onsite parking is available for $8 either online or at the gate.

GENERAL FAIR HOURS

Gate Hours

Friday, August 2, 2019: 8 am to 9 pm
Saturday, August 3: 7 am to 9 pm
Sunday-Thursday: 9 am to 9 pm
Friday-Saturday, August 9-10 and 16-17: 9 am to 9:30 pm

Building and Exhibit Hours

Every Day: 9 am to 9 pm

Midway Hours

Mon, Wed, Thu: 12-10 pm
Tue, Fri: 12-11 pm
Sat, Sun: 11 am to 11 pm
Sunday, August 18: 11 am to 10 pm

DISCOUNTS AND SPECIAL PROMOTION DAYS

Sunday, August 4
Ride Safe Indiana Day: First 100 motorcyclists who enter Gate 6 off Fall Creek Parkway can park along Main Street.

Monday, August 5
Chevrolet Military Day: Current and former military and their families receive free admission with valid ID presented at the gate.

Tuesday, August 6 and 13
$2 Tuesday presented by the Indiana Secretary of State: $2 gate admission, $2 midway rides, $2 food options at each food stand.

Wednesday, August 7
Indiana Pork Day: Free admission with IndyStar ticket. Seniors ages 55+ ride the shuttles for free.

Thursday, August 8
BMV Discount Day: $6 admission with printed voucher from https://www.in.gov/bmv/.

Saturday, August 10
Hoosier Lottery Day: Visitors 18+ with paid admission and a Hoosier Lottery gate flyer can receive a free Hoosier Lottery scratch-off ticket at Hoosier Lottery Town under the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand, or at Hoosier Lottery Expo Hall (while supplies last).

Sunday, August 11
Cancer Survivors Day: Fairgoers are encouraged to make a donation to Little Red Door Cancer Agency to benefit cancer survivors.

Monday, August 12
First Responders Day: First responders and their families receive free admission when ID or badge is presented at the gate.

Wednesday, August 14
Farmers’ Day presented by Union Carpenters: Seniors ages 55+ ride the shuttles for free.

Thursday, August 15
AAA Day: AAA cardholders receive free admission with a valid AAA membership card presented at the gate. One valid card per person.

STATE FAIR FREE STAGE CONCERTS
Included with admission to the fair. Seating is first-come, first-served. Located in Celebration Park on the northwest side of the fairgrounds. All shows begin at 7:30 pm except Sunday, August 18.

Friday, August 2: Ace Frehley
Saturday, August 3: TBA
Sunday, August 4: Chase Rice
Monday, August 5: Air Supply
Tuesday, August 6: Indiana Wind Symphony
Wednesday, August 7: Switchfoot
Thursday, August 8: KC and the Sunshine Band
Friday, August 9: Pop 2000 Tour hosted by Lance Bass
Saturday, August 10: David Nail
Sunday, August 11: Matthew West with Francesca Battistelli
Monday, August 12: Happy Together Tour with The Turtles, Chuck Negron, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Buckinghams, The Classics IV, and The Cowsills
Tuesday, August 13: Sixteen Candles
Wednesday, August 14: Boyz II Men
Thursday, August 15: Melissa Etheridge
Friday, August 16: Everclear
Saturday, August 17: The Guess Who
Sunday, August 18 (3 pm): Gospel Music Festival with headliner Mary Mary

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KC and the Sunshine Band is scheduled for August 8, 2019.
Photo provided by the State Fair and used with written permission.

ENTERTAINMENT

From Goat Mountain to Go-Karts to the Indiana Grown Marketplace to the Wine Garden to the Daily Parade to Putt-Putt Golf to the Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest — and much, MUCH more — there’s lots to see and do every day at the Indiana State Fair. The events mentioned above just barely scratch the surface of this year’s fair.

So for complete information about the 2019 State Fair, visit https://www.indianastatefair.com/state-fair/ or call 317-927-7500. See you there?

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The Indiana State Fair provided AroundIndy.com, LLC with complimentary tickets to the 2012 Indiana State Fair; 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 annual media passes; and media passes to the 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Indiana State Fair.

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