More than 860,000 visitors entered the fair over the 17-day run that ended Sunday, a far cry from recent highs.
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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.
An agency that oversees the Indiana State Fair train is looking for a new partner to operate the 37-mile route.
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 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.
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.
Jim Hallett is confident that his recently launched Indy Fuel hockey team will prosper, a bet he backed up by signing a 25-year lease at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment announced Tuesday that it’s been retained to secure a naming-rights sponsor for the recently renovated coliseum.
Strict limits will be in place when the Indiana State Fair sells alcoholic drinks for the first since 1946 when its 17-day run begins Friday.