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State Fair attendance up, but short of record

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —  The 2017 Indiana State Fair themed “The Wonderful World of Food” drew more than 900,000 visitors. State Fair officials said the 906,732 fairgoers were a 24 percent increase from 2016. But it fell short of the all-time high of 978,000 fairgoers in 2013. “Celebrating ‘The Wonderful World of Food’ gave […]


State Fair officials hope for big turnout on final weekend

By Christian Sullivan  TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With dry weather and some sunny skies expected for the weekend, officials are hoping for a big turnout in this final weekend of the Indiana State Fair. As another state fair wraps up, good weather and relatively mild temperatures are what separates this year’s event from the 2016 fair. […]

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Navy divers bring the ocean to the state fair

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A small crowd of people, many of them children, gathered around a massive tank of water to see something not so familiar to the Hoosier state. The Navy Divers and their mobile dive tank have been posted up in the MetroPCS Family Fun Park at the Indiana State Fair […]

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Donnelly pays a visit to state fair’s Pioneer Village

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The only thing setting Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, apart from pioneers at the Pioneer Village Thursday was his lack of overalls. The Indiana senator spent the morning at the Indiana State Fair where Donnelly went back in time and explored Indiana long before any attendees were even born — the […]

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Special state fair exhibit highlights bicentennial celebrations

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana will celebrate its 200th birthday this December and Hoosier fairgoers can stop by the Bicentennial Pavilion to learn more about Indiana’s history and what the bicentennial means to the state. Valerie Beamer, Whitestown, works at the official bicentennial booth, which shows Hoosiers how they can get involved in […]

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Hoosiers indulge in state fair food staples

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Funnel cakes, corn dogs and lemon shakeups are just a few of the staples Hoosiers come to the state fair for each year. For the past 12 years, Todd Inman, Arcadia, has been selling his sweet corn at the State Fair. He continues to bring his homegrown corn to […]

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Online coupon offers half-off state fair admission Thursday

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana state fair goers can get half-off the price of admission Thursday with a coupon from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Thursday is “myBMV.com Discount Day” and anyone can go to the BMV website to access a coupon for a $6 discount. “Visiting the Indiana State Fair is such a […]

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Former Indy Mayor Bill Hudnut recognized for contributions to tourism

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former Indianapolis Mayor William H. Hudnut III is being recognized for his long-standing contributions made to the tourism and business sectors of the Hoosier capital. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development announced Hudnut is this year’s recipient of the 2015 Will Koch Indiana Tourism Leadership […]

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Not everything at the fair starts with “deep-fried”

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Fairgoers usually show up for the fried delicacies and high calorie foods but the State Fair tries caters to everyone, including those looking for healthier options than a deep fried doughnut burger. It might be difficult to surpass the deep fried Oreos and funnel cakes but surrounded by these unhealthy […]

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Habitat for Humanity raises the stakes for annual State Fair build

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Construction is underway at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on two brand new homes that will go to two families in need. Greater Indianapolis Habitat for Humanity had made it an annual event. They build qualified first time homeowners a brand new house but this year volunteers are kicking it […]

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