Hoosiers head out for opening day at the Indiana State Fair

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By Marisela Burgos

INDIANAPOLIS – It is opening day at the Indiana State Fair!

There are many exhibits, games, and food options for people to check out. There is something for everybody. People who want to purchase Midway wristbands at a discounted price, have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday. If you purchase a wristband before midnight, you will get it for $20.

Joy Bean purchased wristbands early because of that. She said it helped.

“We went online and got the discount. So yeah,” Bean laughed.

If you want to plan ahead, there are special pricing and discount days throughout the season. For example, there is $2 Tuesday, which means your admission ticket is only $2 –as well as other promotions. There are a number of other deals. If you would like a full list of those deals, you can go to this link.

“Once you’re here, why not have a little fun,” Michael McFarland said.

Some people said they didn’t mind splurging at the fair on treats and other activities.

“I love everything about the fair. (It) is a great part of the year. I look forward to it every year,” Hannah Broussard said.

Marsha McFarland went to the fair with her two daughters, her granddaughter, and her husband. She was looking forward to visiting the coliseum. There were roughly $63 million worth of renovations done on that project.

“I want to see the improvements. It’s amazing what I've seen on television about the improvements they've made,” Marsha McFarland said.

There was a new exhibit, this year, and it had people lining up outside Grand Hall before it was opened. The Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition opened at 1 p.m. People over the age of 21 are allowed inside Grand Hall. Grand Hall will remain open every day between 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Last call is at 8 p.m. A variety of wineries and breweries will be featured every day.

Today is the first time that alcohol was sold at the fair since 1946. The exhibit is controlled with tight security. No one can leave Grand Hall with a drink. People are only allowed to purchase 3 drinks.

“I think it’s going to be something good. No one is going to get intoxicated. The security is good. I think everybody is having a good time,” Tony Schantz with Ertel Cellars Winery said.

The Indiana State Fair ends August 17.

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