Monday, August 15, 2016

Road Trip ~ Destination: The Great Indiana State Fair

Road Trip, Indiana State Fair, 4-H projectsAre you looking for an adventure? Time for a Road Trip? It's not too late to visit the Great Indiana State Fair! This year's fair continues through Sunday, August 21, 2016. If you've never been to a big State Fair, you are in for a treat! You'll need at least one whole day to visit the Indiana State Fair, but a two days visit is even better. There are always so many things to do at our State Fair. See the animals, ride the midway rides, view the 4-H projects, visit the DNR building, and then grab a lunch of fair food! If you're on a budget, pack a picnic lunch and just get fair food for dessert! For the BEST dessert, visit the Dairy Barn!

The 2016 Indiana State Fair is a two week long celebration of Indiana's Bicentennial year. There have already been hundreds of events going on, with more fun happening every day. The Indiana State Fair has a website, as well as a free app so you can plan your day, and double check to make sure you won't miss your favorite shows!

The beginning of the Fair is probably Emily's favorite time, as it encompasses the 4-H Fashion Revue,  4-H Animal shows, and the opening of all the exhibits. This second week of the fair might be Arlene's favorite time because it is the week of the Draft Horse shows. We've visited the Fair as a family ever since Emily was a baby. Sometimes once, but usually two or three days throughout the fair.  This year, you don't even want to know how many times we're going-LOL!

When the girls were little, their favorite place to visit was Little Hands on the Farm on the East side of the fairgrounds. If you have young children, this is a great place to go in the morning when they're fresh and ready to explore. They also always want to go through the Pioneer Village and visit the penny candy store ~ imagine that! They still go to Pioneer Village, even though they've grown too big for Little Hands on the Farm.

Road Trip, Indiana State Fair, 4-H projects

As a family, we like watching the animal shows in the Coliseum, as well as visiting the Pathway to Water Quality. If you're looking for a spot to take a rest and relax, visit the DNR building and watch the fish, find out about Indiana's natural resources, or just watch the butterflies in the outdoor garden!

Do you like seeing artwork, rockets, or photography? The 4-H exhibit halls at the fair are packed full of all sorts of great projects: woodworking, cake decorating, sewing, flowers and more! Come see the Bicentennial Bison, the giant cheese sculpture, or visit the Bicentennial Train! Whatever your choice for fun, you should be able to find it at the Great Indiana State Fair! 

Road Trip, Indiana State Fair, 4-H projects

If you're going this week ~ Admission to the 2016 Indiana State Fair is $12/person (ages five and under are free.) and parking is $5/ vehicle. Because there are so many great sponsors of the State Fair, there are several discounted admission days each year. This remaining for this year are: Tuesday 8/16 ~ Teacher Appreciation Day when admission for everyone is only $2, Thursday 8/18 ~ AAA Day when you can get free admission by showing your AAA card, Friday 8/19 ~ Fifth Third Bank Stand up to Cancer Day with $5 admission for everyone, and Sunday 8/21 ~ Mountain Dew day where you can save $2 off of admission by bringing any Pepsi Brand can. 

Take your hats and water bottles , wear comfortable shoes and sunblock, and be prepared to use your camera! 

Have great time on your Road Trip to the Great Indiana State Fair! You just might see us there, as we'll be going again before the fair ends!

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