Fair Celebrates Hoosier Pork Industry with "Year of Pigs" Presented by Indiana Pork Farmers
August 01, 2010
It's a Hoosier tradition: Salivating over the sweet smell of deep-fried candy bars wafting through the warm summer air, chowing down on roasted corn-on-the-cob near the Midway and catching a big-name concert at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand with family and friends. They're all part of the state's longest-running tradition, the Indiana State Fair, August 6-22.
This summer, fairgoers can really "pig out" because it's the "Year of the Pigs" presented by Indiana Pork Farmers. The "World's Largest Male Hog" resides in the Swine Barn. There's also a backyard BBQ contest set for August 18 at the Ellison Bakery Home & Family Arts Building, which will also play host to a pig-themed cake contest. Want to go hog wild? The fair will put swine shouters' skills to the test in a hog-calling contest August 18, while the American Diabetes Association will dish up its "Celebrity Kiss a Pig Contest" August 19.
Still like a kiss, but don't want to pucker up to a pig? Legendary rock act KISS will perform August 9th at the Grandstand. Country superstar Rascal Flatts takes the stage August 7th with Chris Tomlin and TobyMac to follow on August 11th, Keith Urban on August 14th, Selena Gomez on August 15th, comedian Jeff Dunham on August 18th and Sugarland on August 20th.
Families have long loved coming out to the State Fair for the Midway games and rides. This year, the fair is working hard to save fairgoers money by offering a new $25 admission-midway combo pass. Through August 8th, fairgoers can swing by their Local Walmart and get the combo pass, which offers admission to the fair and a wristband for the Midway—a savings of $8 off the regular price.
And then there's the jaw-dropping, taste buds-tantalizing food that's made the Indiana State Fair so famous. On August 10th and 17th, the fair will offer "$2 Taste of the Fair," where fairgoers can buy $2 servings at concessionaires throughout the fairgrounds. Visitors even receive $2 admission with a voucher printed from www.turkeyhill.com/indianastatefair.
And that's just the tip of the pig roast. There are great new exhibits like "Bridges to Japan," "God Bless America," a Habitat for Humanity Home build, Welde's Big Bear Show, DockDogs, Hedrick's Racing Pigs (of course) and so much more!
So take a day—or two or three—and visit the Indiana State Fair. You're sure to have a full summertime of fun.