The Indiana State Fair marking the grand finale of our Hoosier summer is underway in Indianapolis. Visitors have until Aug. 18 to make everlasting memories at the Fairgrounds and learn about Indiana’s rich agricultural history and honor our heroes.
With the fair’s theme, Heroes in the Heartland, we can salute our farmers, first responders, teachers, law officers, firefighters and members of the Armed Forces. These heroes feed the world, keep us safe and educate our children, and they deserve to be recognized.
The fair is an annual tradition for Hoosiers. Having taken place every year since 1852, its popularity is only gaining steam. Last year the fair had 91,000 visitors in one day, setting an all-time single-day record for the event. It is centrally located to give all Hoosiers the opportunity to enjoy events scattered across 250 acres and highlight some summer-long 4-H projects from our local students.
The fair includes 15 livestock and animal competitions, allowing our next generation of farmers to establish strong skills they will continue to use in agriculture. These participants spent months raising and caring for pigs, rabbits, cattle and other animals to show they can raise high-quality livestock for an open market.
More local 4-Hers created baked goods, arts and crafts and many more projects now on display in Indianapolis. Several dozen grand champions from our local county fairs qualified to feature their creativity through the program.
To those showing projects this year, good luck! Others should consider becoming a 4-Her. The program offers positive youth development experiences, encouraging participants to give back to their communities, make healthier choices and enroll in other science, technology and math activities. To find a nearby 4-H club, visit 4-h.org or contact your local Purdue Extension office.
Families interested in visiting the fair have a few opportunities to get discounted tickets, like free admission for first responders and their families on Monday, Aug. 12. It is one more way we thank our heroes for protecting our state. Our chance to make the trip and thank our state’s heroes is limited, as the fair ends on Sunday, Aug. 18.
State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73,
Washington County, and portions of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.
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