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Free Stage Concerts, Special Deals Contribute to Successful 2012 Indiana State Fair

A beautiful final weekend of weather and a diverse line-up of free concerts throughout its 17-day run helped the Indiana State Fair finish as a tremendous success.  For just the second time since the fair went to the 17-day format, the fair attracted more than 70,000 visitors on three different days.  Overall, 853,941 people attended the event.

“We went all out to celebrate the ‘Hoosier Spirit’ this year, and people really loved it,” State Fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye said.  “Our partnership with the American Dairy Association of Indiana was fantastic – I’ve never seen the Dairy Bar so crowded for so many days!  This was a very special fair.”

An extended line-up of nationally known performers like REO Speedwagon, Allstar Weekend, Easton Corbin, MC Hammer and David Crowder made the Free Stage a very popular attraction.  The nearby SuperDogs show also played to capacity crowds throughout the fair.

A wide variety of events at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand kept fairgoers entertained.  From the Timberworks Lumberjacks to the Great American Wild West Show, visitors were treated to fun, interactive shows day after day.  Motor sports fans also had a lot to see in the grandstand with four different events, including the Lucas Oil Indy Mile AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National motorcycle race on Saturday.

Four days of 90 degree weather and six days of rain and thundershowers kept attendance down on certain days, but special discounts and promotions continued to draw families to the fair.  The new $18 three-day advance admission pass was an instant success and the fair’s $2 Tuesday specials were a big hit.

The fair expects to announce next year’s featured agricultural commodity in the coming weeks.  Next year’s State Fair runs Aug. 2 – 18.

For more information on the Indiana State Fair, visit http://www.in.gov/statefair/.

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Dairy Bar Treats Delight 80,000+ State Fair Visitors

It was “The Year of Dairy Cows” at the 2012 Indiana State Fair, and over 80,000 fairgoers celebrated by heading straight to the American Dairy Association of Indiana’s iconic Dairy Bar to enjoy their favorite treats.

Over 64,400 rich, thick milkshakes—the Dairy Bar’s signature item—were served from the popular Main Street structure that pays homage to historic round dairy barns. Chocolate was the big favorite with 29,603 shakes served. Vanilla edged strawberry for the runner-up spot this year, followed by the brand new ultra-refreshing lemon shake.

A Dairy Bar favorite—the classic grilled cheese sandwich—was ordered nearly 36,300 times! American on White remained the top pick of fairgoers (12,626), with Colby on Wheat, Pepperjack on Sourdough, Swiss on Rye, and the new MOO Chew on Sour Dough in close pursuit.

Nearly 20,000 cups of ice cold milk quenched thirsty guests. Chocolate edged out white milk as the fairgoers’ favorite.

More than 71,000 mozzarella sticks were served to appreciative customers, and over 6100 cups of deliciously rich custard were ordered. Chocolate, again, reigned supreme over vanilla by right around 850 cups.

Over 2800 moms took advantage of the best deal at the fair:  the Dairy Bar’s Kids’ Meal. Consisting of a grilled cheese sandwich, apple slices, milk, and a got milk? crazy straw, this fun and nutritious option was available at the family-friendly price of just $4 per meal.

But top prize goes to everyone’s favorite summertime treat—ice cream! More than 80,000 scoops in six different flavors were served up (an increase of a whopping 20,000 scoops from the 2011 fair!). Perennially popular Chocolate was the number one selection of fairgoers, followed by Moose Tracks, Butter Pecan, Strawberry, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Vanilla.

“The Dairy Bar has been at the Indiana State Fair in one form or another since the 1940s, and we try every year to build on our history with this great event and come up with something new that enhances, yet maintains, the tradition,” said Deb Osza, general manager of the American Dairy Association of Indiana.

“We love serving our menu of items that are delicious as well as nutrient-rich,” she continued. “We talk to so many people each year who tell us that the Dairy Bar is their first stop when they get to the fair and their last stop before they head home. It has become a destination for thousands of fairgoers, and never more than this year when we celebrated ‘The Year of Dairy Cows’!”

For more information about the American Dairy Association of Indiana and its Hoosier Dairy Farm Families, visit www.WinnersDrinkMilk.com.

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2012 Indiana State Fair Day #17

Sunday At the Fair
Pepsi Next Day Aug. 19, 2012

Today’s Highlights

  • Indiana State Fair Open Car Show
    Main Street: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant
    Pepsi Coliseum: Noon ($6)
  • Pepsi Gospel Music Day
    Free Stage: 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Lucas Oil Demolition Derby
    Hoosier Lottery Grandstand: 4:30 p.m. ($5)

Everyday Entertainment

  • Ciao Italia International Pavilion: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Cowtown USA Family Fun Park: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue starring lago Family Fun Park: 11 a.m., 1:30, 4 p.m.
  • MHS pres. Flippenout Extreme Trampoline Show Family Fun Park: Noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m.
  • International SuperDogs Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park: Noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m.
  • Marsh Daily Parade Main Street: 6:30 p.m.

Car shows, crashing cars and music cap 2012 fair

The last day of the Indiana State Fair is full of fun events morning, noon and night. The fair’s Open Car Show runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along Main Street. Hot rods, classic cruisers and souped-up street machines always impress gearheads and novices alike.

The fair also offers a full range of music before it says “farewell” as gospel hits the Free Stage and early rock is featured at the Elvis Extravaganza in the Farm Bureau Building from 1 to 5 p.m. A new queen gets crowned in the Pepsi Coliseum and the Lucas oil Demolition Derby provides thrills and spills in the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand.

It’s also Pepsi Day, so fairgoers can save $2 on gate admission if with an empty Pepsi brand can!

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2012 Indiana State Fair Day #16

Saturday At the Fair
Mazda Day Aug. 18, 2012

Today’s Highlights

  • Old-time Farm & Antique Auction
    Pioneer Village Music Stage: 10 a.m.
  • Celebrate Teaching Day
    Free Stage: 10 a.m. to noon
  • WFMS pres. Texaco Country Showdown
    Free Stage: 3 p.m.
  • WFMS pres. Casey James
    Free Stage: 7 p.m.

Everyday Entertainment

  • Ciao Italia International Pavilion: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Cowtown USA Family Fun Park: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue starring lago Family Fun Park: 11 a.m., 1:30, 4 p.m.
  • MHS pres. Flippenout Extreme Trampoline Show Family Fun Park: Noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m.
  • International SuperDogs Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park: Noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m.
  • Marsh Daily Parade Main Street: 6:30 p.m.

Motorcycle Day pres. by Red Bull Indianapolis GP

The “Crown Jewel” of AMA racing comes to the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand today as the nation’s top motorcycle riders compete in the Lucas Oil Indy Mile Pro AMA Flat Track Grand Nationals.
This uniquely American form of racing will begin with qualifications at 3 p.m. followed by heat races and a 25-lap final race famous for multiple lead changes, intense drafting wars, and speeds reaching 120 mph.

From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. race fans can head down to the pit area for an autograph session with the riders. For visitors riding their own motorcycle to the fair, special parking is set up on Main Street in the heart of all the action.

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2012 Indiana State Fair Day #15

Friday At the Fair
Indy Connect Day Aug. 17, 2012

Today’s Highlights

  • Catherine Hickland, Hypnotist
    Free Stage: 10 a.m. & Noon
  • Hotel Transylvania
    Family Fun Park: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • BritBeat, Beatles Tribute Band
    Free Stage: 3, 5:30 & 8 p.m.
  • Naptown Roller Derby Girls
    Hoosier Lottery Grandstand: 7 p.m.

Everyday Entertainment

  • Ciao Italia International Pavilion: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Cowtown USA Family Fun Park: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue starring lago Family Fun Park: 11 a.m., 1:30, 4 p.m.
  • MHS pres. Flippenout Extreme Trampoline Show Family Fun Park: Noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m.
  • International SuperDogs Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park: Noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m.
  • Marsh Daily Parade Main Street: 6:30 p.m.
Travelling Draft Horse teams compete for Cash Prizes

Known for their strength, agility and grace, draft horse teams from all over the United States and Canada spend their summers zigzagging across the country for draft horse competitions. The best ones always seem to find their way to Indiana each August.

Draft teams began competing at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 12 and continue today with divisions ranging from single horse carts to the 6-horse-hitch. The power, grace and coordination of these equine athletes is always impressive, which is why the Pepsi Coliseum is always packed with people. Shows begin at 5 p.m.

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2012 Indiana State Fair Day #14

Thursday At the Fair
AAA Day Aug. 16, 2012

Today’s Highlights

  • Harness Racing with the Fox Stake
    Hoosier Lottery Grandstand: 10 a.m.
  • Underground Railroad in Ind., DHPA
    DNR Amphitheatre: 1 p.m.
  • Percheron Thunder
    Pepsi Coliseum: 4:30 p.m.
  • Ted Nugent
    Free Stage: 7 p.m.

Everyday Entertainment

  • Ciao Italia International Pavilion: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Cowtown USA Family Fun Park: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue starring lago Family Fun Park: 11 a.m., 1:30, 4 p.m.
  • MHS pres. Flippenout Extreme Trampoline Show Family Fun Park: Noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m.
  • International SuperDogs Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park: Noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m.
  • Marsh Daily Parade Main Street: 6:30 p.m.
Go into a trance with Catherine Hickland

Nicknamed the “Hip-Hopnotist,” Catherine Hickland is the world’s only celebrity hypnotist! She starred in soap operas on all three major networks and also boasts a successful Broadway career, but now she travels the nation hypnotizing people in a hilariously entertaining show.

Not only will members of the audience dance and sing on stage, but Hickland also shares an inspirational message in this show by demonstrating just how powerful the human mind is and all the possibilities that lie therein.

Catherine Hickland will perform at the Free Stage today at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. and tomorrow at 10 a.m. and noon.

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2012 Indiana State Fair Day #13

Wednesday At the Fair
BMV Discount Day Aug. 15, 2012

Today’s Highlights

  • Old-fashioned Pancake Breakfast presented by Farm Bureau to benefit Indiana FFA
    Main Street: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. ($3)
  • Catherine Hickland, Hypnotist
    Free Stage: 10 a.m., Noon & 2 p.m.
  • Celebrity Milking Contest
    Livestock Nursery: 11:30 a.m.
  • HANK FM presents Thomas Rhett
    Free Stage: 7 p.m.

Everyday Entertainment

  • Ciao Italia International Pavilion: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Cowtown USA Family Fun Park: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue starring lago Family Fun Park: 11 a.m., 1:30, 4 p.m.
  • MHS pres. Flippenout Extreme Trampoline Show Family Fun Park: Noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m.
  • International SuperDogs Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park: Noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m.
  • Marsh Daily Parade Main Street: 6:30 p.m.

Texan Draft Horse team gives Fearless Performance

Premier draft horse entertainer Jason Goodman joins the State Fair today with a team of six Percheron horses. These black, equine athletes stand over 18 hands high and have performed at the nation’s biggest horse and western shows.

Goodman, who began driving draft horses at age 16, thrills audiences with daring tricks rarely seen anymore. He is best known for “Roman Riding,” a dangerous feat where he drives four horses while riding two other horses in a standing position.

This free show begins at 7 p.m. at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand.

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Indiana State Fair Commission Takes Moment of Silence

The Indiana State Fair Commission observed a moment of silence August 13, 2012 at 8:46pm to remember the tragedy of last year’s stage collapse.

“The Indiana State Fair Commission and entire fair family thank the thousands of fair guests, victims’ families, vendors, and midway operators for joining us this evening in a unified moment of silence to honor those lost and injured on this date last year. We will always hold those impacted by last year’s tragedy in our hearts, thoughts and in the decisions we make as we move forward in the months and years ahead.” – Andre Lacy, Chairman, Indiana State Fair Commission.

PA Address to Announce the Moment of Silence:

“Today—at this moment—marks the anniversary of the tragic incident that occurred on Aug. 13, 2011. At this time, we ask that everyone please pause, remove your hats, and join the Indiana State Fair family in remembrance of those lives that were lost, and those that are forever impacted from that tragic night.

Please join us now in a moment of silence.

[PAUSE]

  1. Alina BigJohny
  2. Nathan Byrd
  3. Glenn Goodrich
  4. Jennifer Haskell
  5. Christina Santiago
  6. Meagan Toothman
  7. Tammy VanDam

And all those injured.

May these individuals, their families, and those injured, forever be in our hearts. In times of crisis, Hoosier strength resonated and we experienced heroes coming to the rescue of so many. We will forever remember 2011 as a year filled with compassion, heartbreak and an outpouring of Hoosier Spirit.”

For information on how to donate to the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund, visit http://www.cicf.org/state-fair-fund.

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2012 Indiana State Fair Day #12

Tuesday At the Fair
Turkey Hill Dairy Day Aug. 14, 2012

Today’s Highlights

  • Red Hat/Pink Hat Style Show
    Ellison Bakery Home & Fam Arts: 10 a.m.
  • Taste of Indiana Farms
    Farm Bureau Building: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Last Drop Jug Band
    Pioneer Village Music Stage: 2 to 5 p.m.
  • Indiana State Fair Horse Pulls ($5)
    Hoosier Lottery Grandstand: 4 & 8 p.m.

Everyday Entertainment

  • Ciao Italia International Pavilion: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Cowtown USA Family Fun Park: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue starring lago Family Fun Park: 11 a.m., 1:30, 4 p.m.
  • MHS pres. Flippenout Extreme Trampoline Show Family Fun Park: Noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m.
  • International SuperDogs Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park: Noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m.
  • Marsh Daily Parade Main Street: 6:30 p.m.

Two Contemporary Christian Greats take the Free Stage

Continuing the impressive Christian music showing at the fair this year, Sandi Patty and David Crowder will perform on the Free Stage today in two separate shows at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively.

Patty is the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history, with 40 Dove Awards. She has several ties to Indiana – she attended Anderson University, and in 2007, she was honored as an Indiana Living Legend.

Crowder began his solo career this year after more than 15 years with The David Crowder*Band. The band released nine studio albums with music that earned them eight Dove Awards since 2006 and great success on the Billboard charts.

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2012 Indiana State Fair Day #11

Monday At the Fair
IPL Carload Day Aug. 13, 2012

Today’s Highlights

  • Kids Day Activities
    Farm Bureau Building: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • The Ohmies
    Free Stage: 10 a.m., Noon & 2 p.m.
  • Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog
    Farm Bureau Building: 11 a.m., Noon, 1 & 2 p.m.
  • MC Hammer
    Free Stage: 7 p.m.

Everyday Entertainment

  • Ciao Italia International Pavilion: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Cowtown USA Family Fun Park: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue starring lago Family Fun Park: 11 a.m., 1:30, 4 p.m.
  • MHS pres. Flippenout Extreme Trampoline Show Family Fun Park: Noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m.
  • International SuperDogs Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park: Noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m.
  • Marsh Daily Parade Main Street: 6:30 p.m.

The Wild West comes to the Indiana State Fair

The Hoosier Lottery Grandstand will host a rip-roarin’ shoot-out of a show for one more day while the Wild West is right here in the Midwest.

Don Endsley’s Great American Wild West Show features cowboys and Indians and plenty of western-style stunts. Horseback tricks, shoot outs and lassoing will make audience members feel like they are out on the range in Wyoming or Oklahoma.

County music and colorful tribal dances will add a cultural element and complete this action-packed show. The free shows will be in the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand today at 1 and 6 p.m.

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