Some of the Indiana State Fair’s food vendors venture each year into new or new-ish territory, whether simply for novelty or to actually try to find a new way to satisfy the hunger of Hoosiers.
Organizers are hoping for a repeat of last year's string of dry, sunny days that helped boost attendance to nearly 907,000 people.
The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center is set to host a six-week festival that has attracted as many as 100,000 visitors in other markets.
A string of dry, sunny days contrasted with the rainy and hot weather during last year's fair that knocked crowds down.
Officials from Fishers and Noblesville, which share ownership of the 37-mile railroad corridor with Hamilton County, voted Monday morning to select the only bidder that plans to use just the northern part of the track. Hamilton County officials abstained from the vote.
Nearly all of the proposals submitted to operate the Nickel Plate Railroad line in Hamilton County would use the entire corridor, despite plans from local governments to rip up a major section of the rails for a recreational trail.
The Subaru Skyride will rise about 35 feet above the ground and travel east and west between the Swine Barn and the Midway.
This year’s attendance was hampered by excessive heat and nine days of precipitation that brought more than 4 inches of rain, officials said. Sunday, however, brought a record final-day crowd.
The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that the state is not liable to pay damages incurred by a company that provided stage rigging that collapsed and killed seven people during the 2011 state fair.
The Indiana State Fair Commission said that this year’s attendance total is the fifth highest on record. The fair closed out its 17-day run Sunday.
The Indiana State Fair starts its 17-day run Friday. A different Indiana farm operator will be highlighted each day until activities wrap up Aug. 23.
Indiana officials who imposed a statewide ban on bird shows have dialed back the emergency rule, but the ban will still keep chickens, ducks and other birds out of August’s Indiana State Fair.
Indiana won’t have to pay any more damages from the 2011 deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse under a decision by the state Supreme Court.
General admission tickets for the August fair will be $12, up from $10 last year. Advance ticket prices will rise from from $7 to $8.
The operators of 17 farms from around the state have been picked to represent the "Year of the Farmer" during this summer's Indiana State Fair.
State officials say the Indiana State Fair hires about 1,400 seasonal employees every year. More than half of the fair's 218 year-round employees started out as seasonal or summer workers.