Stretching Your Dollar: State Fair Savings

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The Indiana State Fair is underway and there are plenty of ways Hoosiers can save money while enjoying all that the fair has to offer.

Maynard and Beverly Feitz, married now for 56 years, have been coming to the fair for a very long time. They look for a new way to save each year.

“We called down to the Soybean Association, and they sent us two free tickets to the fair, and we appreciate that and we thank them for that,” Feitz said.

Another way to get in free is available all-day Thursday.  Indiana State employees can get in free, with their state I.D.

Thursday is also Armed Forces Day so military personnel and their families can get in for free by showing their military I.D.

Much of the fun about the fair is food.

“All the fried food and the taffy, fried food would probably be my favorite,” said Rob Graves.

Friday, Aug. 9, the World’s Largest Breakfast will be held from 6 to 8 a.m. on Main Street. For just $3, you’ll receive a bagel sandwich, a drink, an admission ticket and a lottery ticket.

And don’t worry if you miss Friday’s breakfast. You can save on food at the fair, especially on Tuesdays.

“We brought the granddaughter and my son who goes to Ball State (for $2 Tuesdays),” said Graves.

Anita Wilson also comes out to the fair on Tuesdays.

“To save money, I printed out a coupon from Turkey Hill on the computer.  And you get in for $2 and the vendors have food specials for $2,” said Wilson.

The savings aren’t just limited to admission and food either.

“When you go into the Midway, all the rides are $2 too, so you save a little on each ride that you take,” said Andy Klotz, Public Relations Director for the Indiana State Fair.

Don’t forget about parking. You can leave the hassle of driving directly to the fair behind by taking the free shuttle service.

“It’ll save you $5 on parking, and it is convenient to get in.  There are no lines to wait to get in,” said Klotz. “(The bus) runs every 20 minutes all day long, so you park in the Rural Street lot behind Glendale Mall, and take that shuttle in and out.”

You can also save $5 on the$10 gate admission on Wednesday, Aug. 14 by redeeming a voucher from the BMV: http://www.in.gov/bmv/files/bmvdiscount.pdf

Next Thursday, Aug. 15, is AAA day. Hoosier AAA members can get in free when they show their valid membership card at the gate.

Foodie Friday is Aug. 16 and all concessionaires will offer an item at half price.

There’s also a good deal on those train rides that go all the way around the fairgrounds each day. Seniors over 55 years old can ride the train all day for $3.

More information about fair savings is available on the State Fair website: http://www.in.gov/statefair/fair/gen_info/special_days.html

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