Published on July 30, 2015 by Lola Augustine Brown

The Indiana State Fair started out purely as an event to stimulate agricultural growth in the State, way back in 1851. Agricultural events are still the heart of this event, but it has grown to be so much more than that, and last year more than 950,000 people attended. Within the fair there’s also a car show, beauty pageant, beer and wine show, family fun park, and a huge selection of fair food to try. There’s lots to entertain everyone, whatever their age, and whatever they’re into.


The theme this year is Year of the Farmer, and honors those who commit their lives to producing food. Visitors can enjoy plenty of agricultural educational seminars, contests, and shows, cheese-sculpting, and lots of food demonstrations, but also rodeo (and even jousting!). The Fair starts with a 6 am Giant Hot Air Balloon Launch, then launches into a full program of exciting activities.


The Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition (held within the Fair) is hugely popular, and gives visitors the opportunity to sample local beers and wines, and buy them by the glass too. You may be surprised to learn that Indiana has a flourishing wine industry, and even a wine trail where you can visit six artisan wineries in the State.


The entertainment offered at this year’s Indiana State Fair is incredibly diverse. There are several big-name acts playing the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, including Meghan Trainor (responsible for last year’s catchiest hit, All About That Bass), country star Jake Owen, comedian Gabriel Iglesias, and you could catch Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion (on his farewell tour no less). On the Main Street Stage you’ll find free entertainment all day that ranges from dance troupes, rock bands, mariachi groups, a cappella singing contests, and much more.


There’s a massive Midway at the Indiana State Fair too, where you can catch the best view possible from the giant Ferris wheel, get all wet on a log-flume, or scare yourself silly on the various thrill rides.


Those who love their food deep-fried and somewhat different will love the types of dishes offered at the Indiana State Fair. This year, why not samples deep-fried corn, which comes rolled in garlic butter and topped with cheese, or deep-fried apple pie bites? Delicious! You’ll also find plenty of stands offering what was voted as last year’s signature dish of the Fair – the Smoked Pig Patty, a quarter pound pork burger topped in smoky BBQ sauce.


This year’s Indiana State Fair runs from August 7th through 23rd. All of this exciting programming is spread across a large area, so those with mobility issues will find it very useful indeed to rent a mobility scooter or wheelchair to help them explore everything that they are interested in. Scootaround is the exclusive scooter and wheelchair rental service of the Indiana State Fair, and you’ll find us located inside the 38th Street Main Gate Entrance, or click here for information on renting a scooter or wheelchair in advance of the Fair.

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