State Fair ready for 17 days of entertainment and food

The State Fair kicks off August 3 with the traditional Marsh Band Day competition pitting Indiana's high school bands against each other in the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand.

The State Fair starts Aug. 3

The State Fair starts Aug. 3 (July 26, 2012)

The Indiana State Fair enters its 156th year with a mix of concerts, exhibits, discounts and, of course, food.

The State Fair kicks off August 3 with the traditional Marsh Band Day competition pitting Indiana’s high school bands against each other in the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand.

Fairgoers can also expect a bevy of other grandstand events:

  • August 4: Monster Truck Nationals
  • August 12-13: Great American Wild West Show
  • August 18: Lucas Oil Indy Mile AMA Pro Flat Track Grand Nationals Motorcycle Race


Events at the Free Stage kick off on opening day with King Michael: A Glorious Tribute to the King of Pop. But free shows don’t stop there. Performances by Allstar Weekend (August 4), REO Speedwagon (August 6), Easton Corbin (August 8) and MC Hammer (August 13) will also take over the Free Stage.

Even though admission prices are up $2 this year, organizers said Hoosiers can save money with a new multi-day admission pass. The $18 ticket is good for a single admission on three different days, a savings of $12 from the gate price. Budget-conscious Hoosiers can also look forward to Turkey Hill Dairy $2 Tuesdays, which return this year.

The fair’s theme is “Celebrating Hoosier Spirit.” It’s also the “Year of Dairy Cows” presented by the American Dairy Association of Indiana. Fairgoers can expect a variety of dairy-themed treats and activities.

The new DuPont Food Pavilion will present cooking demonstrations, nutrition displays and a retail store packed with specialty foods made and produced in the Hoosier state. Fairgoers can also look forward to booths offering free food samples.

The International Pavilion will focus on Italy with exhibits on Italian food and culture. Clinton, Ind., will take center stage there with more about its Italian heritage and the Little Italy Festival that draws large crowds every year.

In a change this year, the State Fair’s headline concerts will move to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Several big acts will hit the stage downtown including:

 

 

Anyone who buys a ticket to one of the Bankers Life concert sgets a free ticket to the State Fair good for any of the fair’s 17 days.

Click here for more information about the Indiana State Fair.

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