Indiana State Fair

Aug. 5-21

Indiana State Fairgrounds

It’s the year of soybeans, which probably doesn’t mean a lot to most non-ag folks going to the Indiana State Fair this year. That’s nothing against soybeans—and, yes, there will be a soybean exhibit, a soybean mural, a demonstration of soy biodiesel fuel, and more related to the honored commodity—but the majority of fair-goers are more likely focused on, well, whatever their focus might be.

For some, it’s the midway (just $1 a ride on Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to noon). For others, it’s the livestock (Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. is the Sale of Champions benefiting 4-H). Others dig the competitions, from opening day’s Liar’s Contest to the intense cake-decorating and pie-making battles. Then again, the cuisine may be your focus, causing you to gravitate toward whatever the latest deep-fried item may be (I’ll let you find that for yourself).

And, of course, there are the concerts. Many of them. This year’s lineup includes Sugarland (Aug. 13), Janet Jackson (Aug. 17), Train/Maroon 5 (Aug. 18) and Lady Antebellum (Aug. 19).

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