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10 New Things at the 2021 Indiana State Fair @indystatefair

July 22, 2021 Leave a comment

By Sharon Smith
Indiana State Fair

10 NEW Things Added to Your 2021 Indiana State Fair

July 22, 2021, INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indiana State Fair, July 30-August 22 (CLOSED Mondays and Tuesdays), is full of traditions and memories for Hoosiers, but equally important, are the exciting, NEW experiences to enjoy. Sign up for a yoga session with goats and pigs, be amazed as Mighty Mike bends horseshoes, or sit back and relax at the new Backyard Outdoor Bar. The 2021 Indiana State Fair is back in an even bigger way and has something for everyone! These are just some of the interactive new experiences that will be at your 2021 State Fair:

  1. Budweiser Clydesdales
    Known for their extreme strength and striking appearance, the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales are some of the most recognizable animals in the country and now you can see them while visiting your 2021 Indiana State Fair from July 30 through August 8! Visit these majestic horses located just inside Gate 12 north of the Farm Bureau Building or catch them in the Daily Parade.
  2. Forever Forest
    Explore how our lives are connected to forests in the all-new Forever Forest exhibit. Presented by Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association, Forever Forest is an interactive exhibit where children can play and learn about sustainability, selective harvesting, transportation needs, and the every-day products we use that are made from trees. This exciting new exhibit is located at the Farm Bureau Building and is open daily from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  3. Double Decker Carousel
    The 2021 Indiana State Fair will feature a brand new ride: it’s the Double Decker Carousel! Located just west of the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand, the Double Decker Carousel features two levels of beautifully handcrafted figures, completed with tigers, zebras, and giraffes. Don’t miss a ride on this timeless classic, now twice as nice!
  4. The Mighty Mike Show
    Step right up! The Mighty Mike Show is coming to the 2021 Indiana State Fair. Witness Mighty Mike juggle bowling balls and sledgehammers as if light as a feather while dressed in a 1920s- style bathing suit. Prepare to be amazed as he bends horseshoes and tears decks of cards but try not to laugh at his goofy dance routines. Shows will take place daily in Hoosier Spirit Park at 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:00, and 6:30 PM.

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  1. Bubble Tower
    Come visit the Family Fun Park to witness the world’s BIGGEST bubble toy in action! This machine is a solar-powered attraction sure to delight fairgoers all day, every day. Stop by for some bubble popping fun and to soak in the beauty of shiny bubbles floating through the hot summer air. Just follow the bubbles!
  2. Backyard Brats & Brews
    Looking for a shady spot to sit back and relax during your visit to the 2021 Indiana State Fair? Located in Hoosier Spirit Park, Backyard Brats and Brews is the perfect place to grab a cold beverage, grilled brats, and other snacks while enjoying live music and yard games. With its unique “backyard barbeque” atmosphere, this family-friendly area is great for all ages. Stop by Backyard Brats & Brews open from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM daily during the Fair.
  3. The Great American Duck Race
    One water track, four racing lanes, unlimited smiles! Whether you’re chosen to participate or not, everyone’s a winner at the Great American Duck Race. Learn about Mallard ducks and watch them splash to the finish line while you cheer on your favorite. Located in the Family Fun Park, this unique and educational show takes place at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM, and 6:00 PM daily beginning August 4.
  4. Street Drum Corps
    Street Drum Corps is a world-renowned, high energy, drum and percussion show, as seen on America’s Got Talent, American Idol, Master Chef, Glee, MTV, and numerous professional sporting events. The group has a punk-rock sound and uses unique instruments, such as garbage cans, rain barrels, kitchenware, recycled products, and even power tools. Catch their daily performances at the Fair, starting at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 4:30 PM. Shows will take place at the Family Fun Park July 30-August 1 (Opening Weekend) and will take place at the Gate 12 Kids’ Zone for the remainder of the Fair (August 4-22).
  5. The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show
    Filled with action-packed competition and lots of laughs, it’s the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show! The show features quality lumberjack competitors known throughout the world for their strength, skill, and athletic ability. Stop by the WGU Indiana Parklet to see them compete in events like log rolling and axe throwing. Shows start at 12:30, 2:00, 3:30, 5:30, and 7:00 PM daily.

10. Animal Yoga
The Indiana State Fair is excited to offer animal yoga this year, featuring some of your favorite animals including goats, pigs, bunnies, and lambs! These cute animals will climb, cuddle, and entertain as you partake in a 45-minute beginner-level yoga session. Yoga sessions will take place July 31 at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM, August 1 at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM, August 12 at 6:00 PM, August 18 at 6:00 PM, and August 19 at 6:00 PM. Each session costs $35 per ticket and includes admission to the Fair. Space is limited, so make sure to register today at IndianaStateFair.com and secure your spot

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ABOUT THE INDIANA STATE FAIR

The Indiana State Fair is the state’s largest multi-day event celebrating Hoosiers’ spirit and agricultural heritage. These 18 days celebrate Indiana agriculture and promote it to hundreds of thousands of people across Indiana, and beyond. Nationally recognized for offering great entertainment, showcasing 4-H youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premier facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair has been an annual attraction for generations of Hoosiers since 1852. The 2021 Indiana State Fair will be held July 30-August 22 (CLOSED Mondays and Tuesdays). The theme for this year’s fair is Celebrating the Hoosier Spirit.

One of the best ways to save money at the fair is to order tickets in advance. Tickets purchased online before 11:59 PM on July 29 are only $10 plus convenience fee, while general admission tickets purchased at the gate during the Fair are $13. Value packs of tickets, including the Family 4-Pack and Super Family 4-Pack, are available online only through July 29 at 11:59 PM. The Family 4-Pack includes 4 tickets and a parking pass for just $40 and the Super Family 4-Pack includes 4 tickets, a parking pass, and 50 Fair Bucks for $90. And don’t forget that children 5 and under get in FREE! Purchase tickets at IndianaStateFair.com today.

For more information, visit www.indianastatefair.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Indiana Pork BBQ Split at the State Fair @indystatefair @IndianaPork @INporkproducers

July 28, 2019 Leave a comment

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The Indiana Pork BBQ Split is coming to the Indiana State Fair, Aug. 2-18, 2019.
Photo provided by the Indiana Pork Producers Association and used with written permission.

By Jeanette Merritt
Indiana Pork Producers Association

Indiana Pork will showcase a new food item for the 2019 Indiana State Fair “Taste of the Fair” contest.

The Indiana Pork BBQ Split features three delicious items; a scoop of pulled pork, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw.  The BBQ Split resembles a banana split and will be served with a pickle on the side.

“Indiana Pork is excited to promote our Taste of the Fair entry at the 2019 Indiana State Fair,” said Jeanette Merritt, Director of Checkoff Programs for Indiana Pork.  “Fairgoers love our pulled pork!  We think the Pork BBQ Split will delight guests and be easy on their wallets!”
The Indiana Pork BBQ Split will be available for guests to purchase for $9 at the three Indiana Pork tent locations during the Indiana State Fair, August 2-18, 2019.  Indiana Pork tents are located in front of the Swine Barn, in front of the West Pavillion (Cattle Barn) and near Pioneer Village.
For more information, visit https://indianapork.org, or call 317-872-7500.

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Indiana Flower and Patio Show, March 9-17, 2019 @homeshowindy @indystatefair

March 8, 2019 Leave a comment

Indiana Flower and Patio Show at the State Fairgrounds

Indiana Flower and Patio Show at the State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Tiffany Whisner
On behalf of the Flower and Patio Show

WHAT:
Become inspired, informed and energized at the 61st Indiana Flower + Patio Show! The show features showcase gardens crafted by many of Indiana’s premier landscapers, hundreds of finer outdoor living experts, and thousands of ideas, solutions and products to take home!

WHEN:
9 days: March 9 – March 17, 2019

Saturdays 3/9, 3/16 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sundays 3/10, 3/17 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday-Friday 3/11–3/15 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE:
Indiana State Fairgrounds – West Pavilion, Exposition Hall. 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis.

FEATURES:

You wanted more flowers, and we listened! This year’s Flower + Patio Show is bursting with beautiful buds, more colorful and extravagant than ever. After a blooming welcome from show entrances designed by McNamara Florist, you’ll experience Showcase Gardens that will wow as you walk down the aisles. Be sure to visit both West Pavilion and Expo Hall for a variety of sprouting succulents and pleasing perennials.

One of the most popular features at the Flower + Patio Show is the Plant Market! Attendees can get a first peek at the sights and scents of the first buds of spring. Take home herbs, seeds, terrariums, cacti and hardy spring annuals. Plus, get fresh flowers, plants and supplies throughout the 4,500 square feet of the Plant Market, located at the entrance of Expo Hall.

Host of DIY Networks’ “Lawn and Order,” “Yard Crashers” and appearing with wife Peyton on HGTV’s “Going Yard,” Chris Lambton is an expert in landscaping, hardscaping, garden planning, lawn care and maintenance for all areas of your outdoor living space. Chris appears at the Flower + Patio Show Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17, offering attendees landscaping tips and gardening know-how.

Landscape designer Sara Bendrick comes to the rescue of people who love their homes but hate their yards on DIY Network’s “I Hate My Yard.” She works with homeowners to create the outdoor living spaces they’ve always dreamed of! Sara will help Flower + Patio Show attendees realize the opportunity of their exterior spaces when she appears on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10.

You pick it — and take it home with you! Show visitors get to pick their very own fresh-cut gorgeous bouquets and then take home the scents, colors and textures of the season. Select your blooms, and a designer from the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) puts together an arrangement just for you!

Want the chance to win a Weber Grill valued at more than $300? All you need to do is find one of four iPads set up at the Flower + Patio Show and cast your vote for “Best Garden,” “Best Use of Color” and “People’s Choice.” Just by casting your vote, you might be the winner of the grand prize, a Weber Grill presented by Ace Hardware!
On Monday, March 11, the Fairgrounds will host a food drive at the Flower + Patio Show to benefit Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana! Donate a canned good and receive a voucher for $4 off the price of adult admission at the box office.

Hero Day at the Flower + Patio Show is Tuesday, March 12. All active and retired military, police and fire personnel get FREE ADMISSION for the day, plus FREE PARKING at the State Fairgrounds. Come pay honor and tribute to all our local heroes!

For more information, visit https://indianaflowerandpatioshow.com.

97th Indianapolis Home Show, Jan. 18-27, 2019 @HomeShowIND

January 3, 2019 Leave a comment

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The West Pavilion is one of three building at the State Fairgrounds hosting the Home Show.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2018, all rights reserved.

By Tiffany Whisner
On behalf of the Indianapolis Home Show
 
WHAT:
Always a must-attend event, the Indianapolis Home Show is in its 97th year — with more than 900 home-focused experts offering decorating, landscaping, construction and remodeling ideas, along with thousands of products for visitors to gather and compare.
 
The Indianapolis Home Show is produced by Marketplace Events, which produces 42 consumer shows in the U.S., 16 home shows in Canada, and eight holiday shows. The 66 combined events, in 32 markets, attract 20,000 exhibitors, 1.8 million attendees and another 3 million unique web visitors annually.
 
WHEN:
10 days: Friday, January 18 through Sunday, January 27, 2019
 
WHERE:
Indiana State Fairgrounds – West Pavilion, Exposition Hall, South Pavilion (1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis).
 
SPECIAL FEATURES:
 
Davis Homes Builds 2019 Centerpiece Home!
NEW THIS YEAR! Davis Homes is the builder of this year’s Centerpiece Home! The impressive structure is built entirely inside Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
 
Davis Homes, a locally/family-owned builder, is currently building in more than 20 Davis communities and custom communities in Marion County, along with building On Your Lot Custom Homes throughout Central Indiana.
 
The Centerpiece Home interior is designed by Shelby Rouse from Luxe Home Interiors, a locally-owned, full-service furniture showroom and interior design boutique specializing in the most affordable interior design, custom furniture, rugs, art and window treatments. Landscaping comes courtesy of Calvin Landscape in Indianapolis.
 
The builders and designers of the Centerpiece Home will also reveal an inside look into the making of the home.
 
Three Buildings for the Price of ONE
The Indianapolis Home Show is appearing in all three exhibit buildings for the entire 10-day run of the show. Make sure to check out Exposition Hall, the West Pavilion and South Pavilion — all three exhibit spaces for the price of one ticket to the Indianapolis Home Show. And don’t forget, the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage is in the South Pavilion — full of celebrities and presenters you don’t want to miss!
 
Renovate and Revitalize with “Two Chicks and a Hammer”
The dynamic mother-daughter duo of Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak is back at it, filming the fourth season of HGTV’s “Good Bones.” Mom Karen shares home renovation tips, tricks and trends when she appears at the Home Show on Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19.
 
HGTV Star Vern Yip Returns to “Trading Spaces”
Favorite “Trading Spaces” designer Vern Yip brings a practical-minded, problem-solving approach to TLC’s home decorating show as well as his general design style. Known for his lively interiors and creativity, Vern creates his own home furnishings and lighting products as well as writes on design and travel. He will appear at the Home Show on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26.
 
Meet the Madcap Cottage Gents
John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon are the guiding force behind Madcap Cottage, a lifestyle brand that encompasses sophisticated fun, history, whimsy and grace. The Madcap Cottage duo channels a spirit and sensibility in everything from interior design projects and home décor products to accessories and fashion collaborations. See them at the Home Show on Wednesday, January 23 and Thursday, January 24.
 
Designer Cottage Delights
Looking for lots of design inspiration in one cozy package? Local designer Liz Henderson joins forces with Emergent Construction to create a cottage that is both cozy and bursting with the latest design trends! Emergent builds the cottage, and Liz and her team decorate it — showcasing different interior designs for six rooms in the home. Located in the South Pavilion, the Designer Cottage is a feature you don’t want to miss! Liz and a panel of local designers also take the stage to share design tips on Sunday, January 20 and Sunday, January 27.
 
The Grass is Always Greener …
At the Indianapolis Home Show, where the finest flora grows in feature gardens right in the middle of West Pavilion. And this year, they’ve all got amazing water features to enhance the grandeur of greenery! The area’s top landscape professionals are also adding their green touch to the Unilock Corner Beer Garden and Outdoor Living Stage areas in the South Pavilion.
 
Contributing landscapers are: BPI Outdoor Living, Grok Landscapes by Design, Country Gardens Lawn & Landscape and Vive Exterior Design.
 
The Artisan Markets
Life is too short for boring furniture! BJ Massa is the owner of Junk’d Up, helping you furnish a home as unique as you are. BJ and her team offer tips on creative finishes for furniture to take your home to a whole new level. Come visit the Artisan Markets in the South Pavilion, and get guidance on how to reimagine your furniture with one-of-a-kind finishes. Plus, see the artisans on stage at the Home Show with a look at the creative process behind their craft.
 
Raising the (Wine) Bar
Booher Remodeling Company is raising the bar on its fabulous wine feature in the West Pavilion! Partnering with PRP Wine International and Cherished Woodcraft, Booher’s luxurious bar gives Home Show attendees the chance to uncork and pour while enjoying a delicious wine tasting.
 
In a Home and Garden Near You
What’s now trending in a home and garden near you? Wearable plants, outdoor kitchens, stand-up desks and more! Hoosier Gardener Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp has been writing and speaking about natural gardening for more than 25 years. She is a contributor to “Indiana Gardening” magazine and has been writing a weekly gardening column for “The Indianapolis Star” since 1989. Get caught up in the coolest home and garden trends with Jo Ellen on Monday, January 21 and Tuesday, January 22.
 
The Queen of Free Takes the Throne
Cherie Lowe, the Queen of Free, shares freebies and strategies for everyday savings along with inspiration for those pursuing a debt-free life. Cherie has appeared on WTHR-TV as a savings expert, and she’s been featured in “The Wall Street Journal” and on Yahoo Finance. Join the court of the Queen of Free at the Home Show on Sunday, January 20 and Sunday, January 27!
 
Plus:
 
Hero Day – Opening Day
Pay honor and tribute to all our heroes on Hero Day, Friday, Jan. 18! All active and retired military, police and fire personnel get FREE ADMISSION for the day, plus FREE PARKING at the State Fairgrounds. Just bring a valid ID, and come enjoy the Home Show on opening day!
 
Masters of Ceremonies WIBC’s Terri Stacy and WYXB’s Sean Copeland
Often referred to as the “Sunshine of the Morning Show” on WIBC, Terri Stacy acts as a roving field reporter for Radio Indiana. She’s also the traffic voice in morning drive time weekdays on WIBC. And Sean Copeland is downtown Indy’s morning radio personality on B105.7. His sense of humor shines in his web series, “Sean in the City,” where he travels to locations around the city to interact with residents.
 
The duo’s personality and charm come to the Home Show this year as masters of ceremonies to keep Home Show attendees informed and involved with what’s happening on the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage in the South Pavilion and throughout the Home Show. Terri appears for the Home Show’s first weekend, and Sean appears for the second weekend!
 
Unilock Corner Beer Garden in South Pavilion!
Need a place to rest and recharge during your visit to the Home Show? Visit the Unilock Corner Beer Garden in the South Pavilion, open for the entire 10-day Home Show.
 
Designed and constructed by Precision Cut Lawn Service, the beer garden invites Home Show attendees to enjoy a variety of craft beers and domestics in a unique outdoor haven.
 
TICKETS:
$15 – Adult $3 – Children ages 6-12 FREE – Children 5 and under
 
SHOW TIMES:
Fridays 1/18, 1/25 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturdays 1/19, 1/26 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sundays 1/20, 1/27 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday-Thursday 1/21 – 1/24 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
 
ACE DISCOUNT:
Stop by any participating Central Indiana Ace Hardware, and get your Home Show tickets at $3 off the regular box office admission price!
 
ONLINE DISCOUNT:
Check out the Indianapolis Home Show website at http://www.IndianapolisHomeShow.com and get $2 off adult admission — good every day! Make sure to go online and save! Online discount courtesy of Central Indiana Chevy Dealers
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 317.705.8719 OR VISIT THE INDIANAPOLIS HOME SHOW WEBSITE AT www.IndianapolisHomeShow.com.