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2014 Indiana State Fair Open For Fun

Posted On August 01, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

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The Indiana State Fair runs August 1-17 in Indianapolis. Photo courtesy Indiana State Fair.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The Indiana State Fair kicks off today, and along with several time honored traditions, there are plenty of new attractions.

The state fair runs through August 17 at the state fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

The Shane Co. Coliseum is open again following its $53 million face lift. The renovation has resulted in this year’s fair theme being dubbed “Year of the Coliseum.”

Live entertainment to be held in the coliseum includes Robin Thicke on August 1, Phillip Phillips on August 5, Pitbull on August 8, and Hunter Hayes on August 9.

There’s also a daily beer and wine exhibition showcasing Indiana crafted adult beverages. A new state law lifted a 67-year-old ban on alcohol sales at the fair. Visitors will each be capped at having only three beers or glasses of wine in each visit. Only people 21 and older are permitted into the exhibition.

“This is an opportunity for the Indiana State Fair to showcase two very important Indiana agricultural industries,” Indiana State Fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye said. “We will maintain the family atmosphere the fair has always had while adding this ag education component, which is at the heart of our mission.”

Other state fair features include “selfie” stations, the National Belgian Draft Horse Show, a Flippenout Extreme Trampoline Show, and a chance to win $1 million at the 25th Anniversary Hoosier Millionaire show.

As far as food, fairgoers can expect the usual fried goodness including menu items like the funnel cake ice cream sandwich or cheeseburger basket on a stick. The fair’s signature food this year is a healthier option: the fruit twister shake-up.

The first Indiana State Fair was held in 1852.