Cars will lead the way as the theme of the 2022 Indiana State Fair

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After the 2022 Indiana State Fair closes on Aug. 21, the Indiana State Fairgrounds will host a new music festival in early September. (Photo provided by Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center)

The Indiana State Fair unveiled today its 2022 theme of “Celebrating Indiana’s Automotive Excellence.”

Fairgoers can expect to see classic car collections featuring Indiana-made vehicles as well as iconic vehicles from films and books at the 165th annual edition of the fair.

In addition to more than 100 years of automobile innovation at the Indianapolis 500 race, Indiana was home to high-profile 20th-century car manufacturers such as Duesenberg, Studebaker and Stutz.

Tom Wood Automotive Group is the presenting sponsor of the “Celebrating Indiana’s Automotive Excellence” theme.

The fair is scheduled July 29 through Aug. 21, with the fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The fair began designating themes in 2007:

2007: “Year of the Corn”
2008: “Year of Indiana Trees”
2009: “Year of the Tomato”
2010: “Year of Pigs”
2011: “Year of the Soybean”
2012: “Year of the Dairy Cow”
2013: “Year of Popcorn”
2014: “A Time to Celebrate” (Coliseum reopens)
2015: “The Year of the Farmer”
2016: “Celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial”
2017: “The Wonderful World of Food”
2018: “Step Right Up” (Circus theme)
2019: “Heroes in the Heartland”
2020: “Basketball” (fair was canceled because of the pandemic)
2021: “Celebrating the Hoosier Spirit”
2022: “Celebrating Indiana’s Automotive Excellence”

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3 thoughts on “Cars will lead the way as the theme of the 2022 Indiana State Fair

  1. Generalizations most always are not accurate, stand-up comedy notwithstanding. Neither a sign nor gasp was heard regarding the 2022 theme. As an amateur ‘urbanist’ this reader considers the cars theme fantastic. Indianapolis has a long and fascinating history with automobiles, including design, manufacturing and . . . of course, racing. Why wouldn’t all celebrate this theme?

    Young and old urbanists, be they professional or armchair, recognize that urban areas comprise myriad activities and needs. Transportation is a need shared by all and accommodation of all modes requires ongoing analyses, reviews and planning to achieve an appropriate balance. A one-size-fits-all approach does not work effectively, nor does copying other cities’ approaches without sound and comprehensive consideration of local needs for all residents.

    Looking forward to the Fair. In fact, the livestock viewing is always a treat!