Memory Bank: Coliseum fills for state fair parade

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During the 1920s, the Indiana State Fair became the showcase for animals, art and other work created by students participating in 4-H. This 1951 photo shows the 4-H Club Parade at the fairgrounds’ coliseum, which opened in 1939 and was renovated from 2012-2014, when it was renamed Indiana Farmers Coliseum. There are also competitions for adults at the fair. The inset photo shows Eli Lilly—then president of Eli Lilly and Co., founded by his grandfather—showing a cow at the 1941 fair. This year’s fair runs Aug. 3-19.
Sources: Indiana Historical Society, Indiana State FairCredits: Photos courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society. The larger photo is part of the J.C. Allen and Son Collection and the inset is from the Larry Foster Collection. More images are available at

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