Festivals + Parties

Indiana State Fair

When: Aug. 1-17, 8 a.m. 2014

Hello, fried everything! Of course, the Indiana State Fair features lots of activities besides food booths that create an audible noise when your arteries slam shut like the front door of a jilted lover. The Indiana State Fairgrounds on East 38th Street have been the site for this Hoosier tradition since 1892. Over the past century, the fair has become a late summer tradition, with its own train, rooster crowing contest, farmers’ day parade, hot air balloon race, harness racing, old-fashioned pancake breakfast, carnies with their midway rides and games of “chance,” a Queen pageant and the best fried cheese curds on the face of the planet. Get the full schedule of events (may we recommend a hog show?) online at in.gov/statefair.

Price: $10.

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