It’s the Year of Pigs… at the Indiana State Fair!

It’s that time of year again… The 2010 Indiana State Fair will be underway on August 6 and last until August 22. As always, there is a fair theme this year and that is the Year of Pigs! Pork is a $3 billion industry in Indiana which makes it the 5th largest producer of pork in the United States. Now that’s a lot of pork chops! Also, according to the USDA, 94% of Indiana 3,000 pork farms are family owned and operated.

So, as your looking for something to do this summer, bring your family to The Great Indiana State Fair for a day filled with fun activities, live entertainment, tasty treats, livestock shows, and much more! Gate admission is only $8 for general admission with children 5 & under being free. However, you can get an even better deal by purchasing discount tickets for $7 at all Indiana Walmart stores, CVS/pharmacy stores, Indiana Farm Bureau offices, The Marten House Hotel, and the Indiana State Fairgrounds Ticket Office.

While you’re at the fair, be sure to visit the Our Land Pavilion to see the giant cheese sculpture. Only a few individuals know what it will be or how much will it weigh, so don’t miss the unveiling on Wednesday, August 11, at 12:00 noon. Also in the Our Land Pavilion, Purdue University and Indiana agricultural commodity groups will have interactive exhibits, demonstrations, etc.

Three new exhibits will be at the fair this year. First, is “Bridges to Japan” which brings together traditional and contemporary Japan and the close ties it has with Indiana. Japanese performances, food, and displays will truly take visitors on a trip overseas. Second, is “God Bless America” which is a 25-foot sculpture of Grant Woods’ famous “American Gothic”. Last, but certainly not least, is the Habitat for Humanity Home. It’s a 5-bedroom home on the fairgrounds’ north side, and it will be there for the first 15 days of the fair.

If you want an even better deal than those mentioned before, bring your family to the fair for $2 Tuesdays Taste of the State Fair. On both Tuesdays (8/10 and 8/17), visitors will be admitted for just $2, compliments of Turkey Hill Dairy, but don’t forget to print the voucher from its website. There will also be numerous $2 deals for midway rides and food concessionaires… yum! In addition, you can purchase an ISF-Midway Combo Pass which includes State Fair admission and a Midway ride pass for only $25. They can be bought at all Indiana Walmart stores until August 8 for a savings of $8!

For a more inclusive list of events and deals, go to The Great Indiana State Fair website. We can’t wait to see you there!