Indiana Summer Family Fun | It’s Indiana State Fair Time! (Giveaway)

by Beth Montgomery on July 30, 2012 · 29 comments

in Contests, Giveaways, Indiana

This post is part of the Indiana Summer Fun 2012 series. Be sure to check out all the ways to enjoy Indiana in true frugal fashion this summer!

We can’t talk about Summer in Indiana without mentioning the Indiana State Fair, a celebration of everything Hoosier!

Each year the Indiana State Fair means:

  • Exciting Rides
  • Delicious Food
  • Amazing Animals
  • Outstanding Concerts
  • Unbelievable Shows
  • and Family Fun for Everyone

This year’s Indiana State Fair won’t disappoint, because they’ve added many new attractions like a FREE stage with festivities from 10 AM – 9 PM every day, Xtreme Action Sports Show, Family Fun Park, and Ciao Italia focusing on Clinton Indiana’s tremendous Italian population.

The most exciting new attraction through is for the brave at heart only. The Vertigo Midway Ride will lift 24 passengers almost 100 feet in the air, then swing them out over the rest of the Midway.  The Vertigo will cost you 4 Coupons, but promises to be exciting for thrill-seekers!

Admission Costs

  • Adults $10
  • Children 6+: $10
  • Children 0-5: FREE

**See Ways to Save below for discount admission options.

Why We Love Indiana State Fair

Why it’s great for families: There’s fun for all ages – animals, concerts, rides, shows, exhibits, and food.

What we love most: While we haven’t seen it yet, we’re excited to see the new Family Fun Park with a trampoline show, exotic animals, pony rides, and more for little ones!

Our Tips for a Successful Visit

Tips for Young Children & Infants: Bring a stroller and plan ahead for a hot day. Bring water, stop to relax so little ones don’t get over-stimulated and seek shade now and then if your stroller doesn’t provide it.

Tips for Older Children: Check out the shows. There are many that older kids will enjoy like Super Dogs where dogs provide hysterical tricks and stunts.

Tips for Adults: Make it a date night and enjoy the Midway at night, plus sample all the delicious food for your dinner.

Ways to Save

  • Park at Glendale Mall’s Rural Street and ride the FREE State Fair Park & Ride to avoid parking fees. or save $1 on fair admission when you ride your bike and use the bike rack on Monon Trail at 38th Street.
  • Plan ahead and pick up discount admission tickets for only $7 at Walmart, CVS Pharmacy, Indiana Farm Bureau, The Marten House Hotel, and the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
  • Plan to go more than once? Get a Multi-Day Admission Pass from Walmart to save $12 in admission. It gives you (1) admission on (3) different days.
  • Visit Walmart to get special Midway Wristbands for only $18 before August 19th, plus a FREE Pepsi during your visit.
  • Stop by Meijer to get $1 off your admission with purchase of Fall Creek Jeans before August 6th.
  • Look in the Indianapolis Star on August 6th for FREE admission on August 8th and 9th.
  • Get $2 admission on August 7th and 14th for Turkey Hill Dairy $2 Tuesday.
  • Indiana State employees get FREE admission on August 9th with they present their Employee I.D. card.
  • On August 13th, admission is only $15 per vehicle, so pile in your car!
  • Military Personnel and Families get FREE admission when they present their military ID on August 16th.
  • Bring in a Pepsi Can on August 19th to get $2 off admission.
  • Checkout the Indiana State Fair Special Days & Deals page.

Plan a Visit

Indiana State Fair
1202 E. 38th St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46205
WebsiteIndiana State Fair Special Days & Deals
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Enter to Win

Prize

Four (4) lucky In Good Cents readers will win one (1) FREE Indiana State Fair prize pack valued at $50 that includes:

  • (5) General Fair Admission tickets (value: $10 each)

Continue to enter for a chance to win…

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1 Laura July 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I can’t wait for the fair!! My favorite food is anything on a stick LOL!!

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2 Joan July 30, 2012 at 4:57 PM

My favorite attraction is the culinary arts contests. I usually enter into the contests each year and can kick myself for missing the deadline this year. Last year I won 1st place for my snickerdoodles and competed in the Pillsbury Pie Crust contest. Since I missed the entry, I lost out on the discounted tickets they give to contestants. Hope I win!

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3 angela July 30, 2012 at 5:12 PM

We just moved here so this will be our first year going. Can’t wait to find a favorite.

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4 Caron July 30, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I love the culinary arts building! I love to see the talents of all of the 4-Hers!

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5 Katy July 30, 2012 at 5:37 PM

We went to the Marion cty fair, but haven’t been to the state fair yet. We just moved here last December.

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6 Nicole July 30, 2012 at 6:16 PM

We LOVE the vegetables and the DNR fishing!! :)

Oh yeah, and of course, KING TATORS!!

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7 Cassandra b July 30, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I love fair food and letting the kids see the animals!

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8 Melissa L July 30, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I love the kids attractions since I have three young children. I really enjoy the DNR building. Looking forward to our fair visit this year.

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9 Leah July 30, 2012 at 8:01 PM

We always tour the horse barns as horses and ponies are our favorites. And I have to get a lemon shake-up (or two).

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10 Allison Stieneker July 30, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I absolutely love the hot ears of corn on the cob, pineapple ice cream, and funnel cakes! Okay, let’s just say the food :-D

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11 Stacy Tilton July 30, 2012 at 10:56 PM

We like all the displays from the different crafts and such that kids have entered. It’s nice to see how much work they did for their fairs.

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12 Solducky July 31, 2012 at 5:01 AM

We always love the horse barn!

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13 joanna July 31, 2012 at 9:37 AM

My favorite attraction is the food, of course!

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14 Amanda Wilmering July 31, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I’ve never been to the state fair but I’m hoping to change that this year!

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15 Jenny July 31, 2012 at 11:35 AM

I love all the food! Anything from the pork tent!

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16 Kim July 31, 2012 at 1:28 PM

We love Riley Fun Park!

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17 Julie A. July 31, 2012 at 1:54 PM

The pretend farm for kids. My boys love it!

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18 Lisa July 31, 2012 at 10:45 PM

I love checking out all the animal barns. It takes me back to when I was a child and when my kids were little.

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19 Kelly August 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM

We went last year for the first time, and loved all the great fair food!

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20 Denise Wilson August 1, 2012 at 10:23 PM

We love to see the animals. But the favorite of my son is the antique tractor area. And we must always have a pineapple whip!

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21 Teresa S. August 1, 2012 at 11:38 PM

My favorite Indiana State Fair attraction is the DNR building. :)

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22 Vanessa August 2, 2012 at 2:09 PM

The 4-H posters and projects!

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23 Amy Webb August 4, 2012 at 12:59 PM

my favorite attraction is the ferris wheel

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24 Crystal August 4, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I love eveything about the State Fair but I enjoy the food the most!

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25 Christine S. August 5, 2012 at 8:31 AM

I have never been to the state fair, but I love seeing all the food on TV. I would love to try some and take my son on the rides!

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26 Vanessa August 5, 2012 at 8:33 AM

It looks like a lot of fun. I don’t think I’ve been to a fair since I was a child.

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27 Jenna August 5, 2012 at 8:40 AM

I love the food!!

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28 Nancy August 5, 2012 at 4:59 PM

We love the animal barns.

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29 Julie August 5, 2012 at 7:36 PM

We love the pineapple dole whip!!!!!!

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