[r63] Messmer Report: Have an ‘udderly’ great time at this year’s State Fair

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The State Fair is an event that ‘celebrates the Hoosier spirit’. It is a summertime staple and doesn’t only bring friends and families together to enjoy a wide variety of food and entertainment, but also educates and puts on display some of our states’ best traditions.

The fair this year is celebrating the year of the dairy cows, and vendors will be offering some of the sweetest ice cream and best grilled cheese sandwiches in the state. Not only will you be able to taste some of the best dairy products in the state, but you will also have the chance to milk a cow, witness the pasteurization process and take part in creating cheese, butter and ice cream in Cowtown USA.

This year the State Fair is also offering an Xtreme Action Sports Show on Friday, Aug. 10. Fans will be able to watch X-Games gold medalists, riding, jumping and flying through the air on bikes, skateboards and in freestyle motocross. In addition, back by popular demand, the Great American Wild West Show, IndyMile Pro Flat Series Races, and Demo Derby followed by fireworks will all make appearances.

One of the aspects I enjoy hearing most about the State Fair is the unique foods that will be offered. This year one of the most highly speculated dishes will be spaghetti meatballs ice cream. Don’t worry, it is a meatless concoction and includes gelato ‘noodles’, strawberry ‘tomato sauce’, shredded white chocolate ‘cheese’, and chocolate ‘meatballs’. It wouldn’t be the State Fair with a new deep-friend treat and this year is no different. Vendors will be offering fried Samoa Girl Scout cookies, M&Ms, and bubble gum. I look forward to hearing about how these ‘delicacies’ turn out from those who are daring enough to try them.

Finally, there will be several award-winning artists performing at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This year’s line-up includes Barry Manilow, Train with Mat Kearney and Andy Grammer, Journey with Pat Benatar, and Blake Shelton.

Admission to the State Fair this year is $10 and if you visit their website, www.in.gov/statefair/ you will find that there are many special offers and deal days when you can receive discounted admission. I’m looking forward to enjoying the multitude of activities this year’s fair has to offer with my family and friends, and I hope that if you make it out too that you have an ‘udderly’ great time.