The Indiana State Fair is now in is second week, but you've got plenty of time to still get to the fairgrounds on 38th Street in Indianapolis. The fair, which began August 5, completes its 17-day run on August 21.
Tow attractions you won't want to miss have become staples at the Indiana State Fair. Located side by side on the north side of the track, once known as Machinery Field, ate the Indiana FFA Pavilion and the Indiana Young Farmers Association Building. Both are filled with educational activities, plus areas to sit and relax for a few moments while the kids play in play areas in each building.
Steve Hickey, now starting his second year as Director of the Indiana FFA Association, says several changes to the Indiana FFA pavilion will make it more attractive to visitors this year. It is staffed during the day each day of the fair by state and district officers. The 12 districts take turned in supplying people to help man the building and assist visitors each day.
New at the FFA Pavilion says Hickey, an employee of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, is a new miniature gold course. A hit with families, the old holes and greens were donated to a local FFA chapter. Two other chapters built the 18 hole course. "It's actually two nine-hole courses," he explains. Each winds through the building, out the back door and back in. Half of the courses are blue for FFA blue, and of are tan, representing FFA gold. There is no charge for kids or families to play on the course.
The miniature gold course is open during operating hours. You can obtain clubs and balls at the 'Caddy shack' inside the FFA Pavilion.
Also new this year are a different method of displaying state winners of various FFA proficiencies and awards. Hickey hopes it will bring a new touch to the fair, while still allowing those members that have excelled in various areas of FFA to be recognized. It's a more high-tech exhibit than in past years.
You'll also find two familiar staples- the petting zoo on the west wing of the building- a staple since FFA began exhibiting at the Indiana State Fair. It will be stocked with young farm animals of various descriptions. Children will be safe, because the animals are in pens and safety rules are strictly enforced.Top off your visit by visiting the FFA Country Store. Located in the east wing of the Pavilion, it features products produced and packaged in Indiana. Proceeds from the country store help support the Indiana FFA and its activities during the year.