Indiana State Fair

Indiana stage-rules extension approved by legislators

April 17, 2013
Associated Press
State lawmakers have given final approval to a two-year extension of regulations on temporary outdoor stage rigging developed after the deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
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Indiana State Fair disaster victims getting more relief

December 20, 2012
Associated Press
The attorney general's office is sending out checks for a total of $6 million to 59 victims of 2011's deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
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Indiana State Fair falls short of attendance goal

August 20, 2012
Scott Olson
This year's Indiana State Fair drew 853,941 visitors during a 17-day run that ended Sunday, falling short of its attendance goal by about 20,000 people. The fair had aimed for overall attendance of 875,000, a figure based on the average number of visitors the past five years.
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Stage company rejects Indiana State Fair settlement deal

August 15, 2012
Associated Press
The owner of the stage that collapsed at Indiana's State Fair last year and killed seven people rejected a settlement plan Wednesday that would have protected the state from further legal action and paid victims an additional $7.2 million.
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DINING: Beyond deep-fried State Fair fare

August 11, 2012
Lou Harry
Reviewer Lou Harry set out this year to find the best of the freshman foods at the Indiana State Fair, with the stipulation that they didn’t emerge from a vat of hot oil.
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State fair opens with attendance increase

August 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Indiana State Fair attendance is officially up so far this year thanks to a pair of opening-weekend concerts. Those concerts, however, took place in downtown Indianapolis, so crowds at the state fairgrounds actually may be down a little.
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Fair handles first thunderstorm under new procedures

August 5, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana State Fair officials say they're happy with the first real test of their new, 425-page emergency plan implemented after a stage collapse amid high winds killed seven people and injured dozens of others a year ago.
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Deadline arrives for Indiana fair disaster claims

August 1, 2012
Associated Press
Victims of the deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair faced a Wednesday deadline to make claims against a $13.2 million settlement offer from the state and two private companies, but it could be weeks before they learn their share of the money and even whether the deal will go forward.
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$63M fairgrounds Coliseum project to include new arena

July 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
State Fair Commission Chairman Andre Lacy said the new venue will keep youth hockey games and horse shows going while the Coliseum hosts concerts and other events.
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After 2011 tragedy, state fair expands offerings

July 14, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana State Fair is raising admission prices and adding a parking charge as it tries to recover from a big hit to its bottom line caused by last year’s tragic stage collapse.
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Attorney general ties $6M for fair victims to private settlement

June 22, 2012
Associated Press
To get some of the additional $6 million the state is offering, victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse would agree to clear Mid America Sound and J. Thomas Engineering of any wrongdoing. In return, they also would get a portion of $7.2 million the companies are offering.
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Indiana State Fair makes management changes

May 10, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair has hired a chief operating officer and a director of safety and security as part of management changes spurred by last summer's deadly stage-rigging collapse.
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State fair rolls out concert lineup, strategy

April 23, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana State Fair hopes to preserve attendance that’s traditionally tied to big-name concerts even though the events will take place downtown this year.
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Daniels preparing changes following stage collapse

April 17, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels on Tuesday outlined a handful of changes Indiana is taking following last year's deadly state fair stage collapse.
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Judge orders Sugarland to testify in April on stage collapse

March 23, 2012
Associated Press
The country duo's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush had proposed giving depositions in May regarding the deadly 2011 state fair accident, but on Friday Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin instead ordered testimony early next month.
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Study finds $124M in visitor spending at fairgrounds

March 14, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana State Fairgrounds generated $124 million in visitor spending in 2011 and has an annual impact on the local economy similar to a factory employing 500 people, according to a study released Wednesday.
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Indiana House passes bill requiring stage inspections

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
All large, temporary outdoor stages like the one in last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair collapse would face temporary state inspection standards under a bill approved Monday by the Indiana House.
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Indiana fair victim testifies on state plan for found money

February 16, 2012
Associated Press
A high school tennis player who was crippled in last summer's deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair testified Thursday as legislators considered whether to double the amount the state is paying for victims.
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State Fair Commission breaks ground on 'Glass Barn'Restricted Content

February 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The $2.9 million building on the 250-acre fairgrounds campus will feature interactive exhibits focusing on new technologies used on modern farms.
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Indiana stage builder cited in state fair disaster

February 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The State Labor Department says the company that built the stage ahead of last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair collapse showed "plain indifference" to safety standards.
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Tapes show concern before Indiana stage collapse

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
A recording of dispatch radio calls shows that emergency workers were expressing concern about severe weather just minutes before winds ripped through the Indiana State Fair and caused a fatal stage collapse.
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Judge allows class in suit against state tort law

November 23, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker has certified the victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse as a single class in a lawsuit challenging a law that caps the state's liability at $5 million. However, she concluded the plaintiffs are unlikely to win the challenge.
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State Fair victims sue Sugarland over stage collapse

November 22, 2011
Associated Press
Country duo Sugarland was named in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by 44 survivors of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse and the family members of four people who died, by far the largest claim yet stemming from the tragedy.
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State Fair disaster relief fund makes final payments

November 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana State Fair officials say $964,000 in a relief fund was paid to 28 victims of August's deadly stage collapse.
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Indiana Fair stage collapse legal claims reach 100

November 2, 2011
Associated Press
The deadline for victims of the deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse to file legal claims with the state has passed, and officials say they're close to figuring out how much to pay each victim out of the allotted $5 million.
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