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s'more milkshakeThe theme for this year’s Indiana State Fair is “The Year of the Farmer.” Of course we at the BRFM feel that every year is the Year of the Farmer – specifically our dedicated local sustainable growers who bring their wonderful healthy produce to our Market.

Some of our vendors will even be participating in the Fair.

  • You’ll find Wildflower Ridge Honey at the IBA booth in the Ag/Hort Building with Indiana honey ice cream!
  • The Royer boys (Royer Farm Fresh Meats) will be at the Fair with several 4-H projects including Vet Science, Photography and Electricity.
  • Artisano’s Oils & Spices will be conducting olive oil classes on Sunday August 16th at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm. on the Home & Family Arts Culinary Stage.
  • Look for Maplewood Farm in the Indiana Maple Syrup Association Sugar Shack at the Pioneer Village on August 12th, 19th, and 21st.
  • Chocolate for the Spirit will be in the Hoosier Market at the Purdue Extension Ag Bldg. daily with demos, audience participation, contests and  samples of the world’s ultra premium and rarest chocolate.

In addition to the agriculture-centered exhibits, you’ll find lots to do at the fair. There is a new plaza, the LEGO Farm, performances by the Extreme Pogo Stunt Team, the Knights of Valour demonstrating jousting, the Beer and Wine Exhibition, and a brand new Parent Relaxation Station with a stroller parking tent. The fair will open with the traditional hot air balloon race and the annual Band Day competition will take place on day 2 of the Fair.

And don’t forget the fair food. The winner of the Signature Food contest this year was the Smoked Pig Patty from the Indiana Pork Association. You’ll also find finalists the Turkey Indiana from Gobble Gobble, Deep Fried Sweet Corn from Barto’s Concessions, Muenster Grilled Cheese on Raisin Bread and S’more Milkshakes from the American Dairy Association, Deep Fried Apple Bites on a Stick with Ice Cream from Urick Concessions, and Maple Walnut Sundaes from Baskin Robbins, and much more.

It will be easy to get to all the fun by simply parking in the Rural Street lot east of the Glendale Town Center and catching the free shuttle to the fairgrounds. You can also take a city bus to the Fair, or better yet, pedal your way there and use the secure bike racks on the Monon Trail at 38th St. (enter at Gate 18). Parking is also available inside the fairgrounds and in the EZ Park lots across from the main gate and at the Indiana School for the Deaf on 42nd St.

The 2015 Indiana State Fair runs from August 7-23. See the official State Fair website here, for all the exhibits, contests, concerts, and other entertainment. And look for the green bins to recycle!