Celebrating Indiana agriculture at the State Fair

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, July 31, 2015

As the second youngest of nine children, growing up and working on our family farm, I understand the amount of time and hard work that farmers dedicate to their crops, livestock and much more. It is because of their commitment to agriculture, which is vital to our economy, that we can continue to build upon our state’s strong fiscal foundation. As a way to honor these hardworking Hoosiers and celebrate our agricultural heritage, I encourage you to visit this year’s Indiana State Fair.

The Indiana State Fair was originally created to allow Indiana’s farming community to share ideas, view modern farming techniques and display their respective products. Throughout the years, it has continued to grow and represent the ideals of Indiana agriculture while also encouraging young people to learn more about the industry.

At the fair, Hoosier students have the opportunity to pursue their agricultural interests at a 4-H livestock showing. Participants from all across the state come together to showcase their award-winning animals which provides them with the opportunity to learn more about agriculture, build confidence and develop other life skills. Moreover, family members and friends are able to watch them compete and represent their family’s agricultural tradition on the big stage.

Operators of farms from around Indiana were chosen to represent the theme, “Year of the Farmer,” at this year’s fair. In order to honor and celebrate their contributions to our agricultural industry, each day will recognize a farmer or farm family who embodies different segments of Indiana agriculture.  They will be featured on daily highlight sheets as well as participate in various events and exhibits around the fairgrounds.

In addition, the fair always provides a variety of activities to entertain your family. If you wish to attend a free concert, you can watch nationally recognized musicians perform on the Free Stage. This year will also feature the Indiana Bicentennial Train, a fun and interactive ride that will allow you to take a closer look at Indiana history. Presented by the Indiana Historical Society, participants will board three renovated train cars to experience “The Next Indiana,” an exhibition to explore our state’s past from different perspectives.

Whether you decide to visit the Bicentennial Train, the DuPont Food Pavilion or any other event, the fair provides a unique experience for all. It also offers the opportunity for individuals to have fun as they develop an understanding of Indiana’s rich agricultural history.

With summer quickly passing by, I hope you get the chance to visit this year’s fair, which lasts from August 7 to August 23. If you are interested in learning more about any of the events at the Indiana State Fair, please visit http://www.in.gov/statefair/fair/.

On an personal note, having attended the fair many times, I would like to commend the countless individuals that help make this such a memorable experience for farmers, their families and all Hoosiers alike. Their hard work, effort and level of devotion continues to make each year’s fair better than the last.

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Rep. Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents portions of Rush, Fayette, Franklin, Ripley and Decatur counties. She serves as Vice Chair of the Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee. She also serves on the Courts and Criminal Code Committee and Select Committee on Government Reduction.