[R76] Rep. McNamara: Festivities at the State Fair underway (8/3/2012 - 8/4/2012)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Start Date: 8/3/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/4/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM
Festivities at the State Fair underway

All of the alluring sights and smells of the Indiana State Fair are underway. It’s the time of year when you can see great concerts, visit countless fun-filled exhibits and eat deep-fried delights to your heart’s content. The State Fair opened its gates on Friday, Aug. 3 and will run until Aug. 19.

It’s the year of the Dairy Cow at the State Fair. There will be numerous exhibits and activities showcasing Indiana’s dairy industry, all of which are fun-filled and educational for the kids to enjoy. You can purchase a one-day adult admission to the fair for $10. Children five and under are admitted free of charge. Be sure to check for discounts as there are several promotional days at the fair along with a variety of ways to gain discounted admission. Visit http://www.in.gov/statefair/fair for more information.

In addition to everything dairy in Indiana, the State Fair will host an assortment of different shows, acts and concerts that will surely keep you asking for more. There’s a little bit of everything for the whole family to enjoy, here are a few highlights:

• Wednesday, Aug. 8 and Thursday, Aug. 9 – be amazed by the Timberworks Lumberjack Show
• Friday, Aug. 10 – watch death defying feats during the Xtreme Action Sports Show
• Sunday, Aug. 12 and Monday, Aug. 13 - visit the American frontier during the Great American Wild West Show
• Wednesday, Aug. 15 – don’t miss the Family Day Midway special with unlimited rides from Noon to 10 pm for only $22
• Sunday, Aug. 19 – visit the demolition derby, a must-see attraction

Be sure not to miss the action at the 4-H exhibits either! All of the exhibits are county winners and provide a fun, family-focused event. Based on the category of the event, judges will decide a state winner. A lot of hard work and dedication has been put in by the following Posey County residents who are competing in different shows: Dalton Pfieffer; Jaydyn Wehmer; Olivea and Grace Glaser; Zack, Grant and Amber Allyn; Teela Temme; Trent Duncan; Sara O’Neil; Hannah Duncan; and Miranda Hilton. You can see these guys and gals in action in the 4-H exhibit hall at the northwest side of the fairgrounds.

The music scene will be as lively as ever with numerous free concerts taking place at the fairgrounds: REO Speedwagon Aug. 6, the Spinners Aug. 9 and MC Hammer Aug. 13 to name a few. In tandem with the State Fair experience, there is also a handful of Grammy nominated artists that shouldn’t be missed.  Barry Manilow, Train, Journey and Blake Shelton will all perform at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (formerly Conseco Fieldhouse) during the fair’s run.

This is just a sampling of the great things to see and do at this year’s State Fair. I hope that everyone can make it to Indianapolis to take part in the festivities. As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact me by phone at (317) 232-9671 or via email at h76@in.gov.

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Guest column is published in the Posey County News.