Rep. Arnold: 17 days of Hoosier food and fun at the Indiana State Fair

Posted by: Peter Hoffman  | Monday, August 8, 2016

It’s that time of year again here in Indiana. Fried foods, 4-H shows, concerts and so much more come together for the Indiana State Fair, which runs Aug. 5-21. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience one of the best state fairs yet, as Indiana celebrates its 200th birthday. Our state’s history, art, folklore and traditions will be highlighted through new exhibits that display what it means to be a Hoosier, both past and present.

Several new features of this year’s fair include a mobile app to make for a fun and interactive experience. Fair-goers who download the Indiana State Fair app will be able to plan their entire visit through the app and make a shareable itinerary from the extensive list of events and activities.

Guests will also be able to enjoy great concerts during the fair including The Fray, Blues Traveler, Maddie and Tae, Neal McCoy and many more. Along with great music, those who come to the fair will be able to try some of the best food from around the state. From deep-fried s’mores to mac and cheese nachos, vendors have been asked to create a new, original food dish “rich in Indiana history.” The winner of the “Taste of the Fair” will be announced Aug. 17, but I think it’s pretty clear that with dishes like pulled barbecue pork beer cheese fries, we are all winners.

For a list of 200 different, exciting free things for the whole family to do at this year’s fair, visit There are also frequent promotional days that provide great savings to those attending the fair. Some of these days include free admission for college students on Aug. 5, military day on Aug. 8, teacher appreciation day on Aug. 9 and several more. For a complete list of these discounted days, visit and click on “tickets and discounts,” then select “discounts and themed days.”

Southern Indiana should be well-represented at the showings and competitions this year, as we always are. I hope to see many of you at the 2016 Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis this year as we celebrate all the traditions, tastes and talent our state has to offer in its bicentennial year.

As we enjoy the final weeks of summer, please contact me with questions or input at 317-232-9793 or by email at Learn more about the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at


State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.

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