Indiana State Fair set to return this summer

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Fair organizers announced Tuesday the fair is returning to the fairgrounds this summer. The 2021 Indiana State Fair will take place from Friday, July 30 to Sunday, August 22.

This year’s theme is celebrating all things Indiana and the resiliency of the Hoosier Spirit, according to a release from State Fair officials.

Organizers have been actively working with the Indiana State Department of Health as planning continues in the coming months.

“We have almost three full months before we open the 2021 Indiana State Fair, and we are confident that with our 250+ acre, mostly outdoor campus we will be able to host our fair late this summer,” said Indiana State Fair Commission Executive Director Cindy Hoye.

“We are thankful to the State Department of Health for their collaboration and continued guidance on getting us back to hosting this important community event.”

Some changes this year include an extra weekend to the front end of the fair schedule, as well as the fair being closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

According to Hoye, “We know this year’s state fair may look a little different, and we are prepared for that. By adding an additional weekend, it allows us to spread fair attendance across a new weekend. This event matters to our State and our fairgoers; it’s an important part of annual Hoosier family traditions.”

The fair is planning to bring back fairgoer favorites including carnival rides, fun fair food, 4-H competitions, and free entertainment.

The announcement is also exciting for 4-H families across the state, according to Johnson County Fair president, Brian Young.

“You know, it gives you a little extra incentive because you can show your animal one more time at the fair,” Young said.  “If you go up there and win at the State Fair, that’s a high achievement that you want to do, because you’re the best in the state of Indiana in that particular animal or species.”

“The 4-H community, and just Hoosier families make this a family tradition,” said Indiana State Fair Communications Director, Sharon Smith.  “So we’re just thrilled to bring people back together again late this summer.”

Three months away from the start of the fair, it’s not clear what Covid-19 precautions or restrictions may be required throughout the fairgrounds.  

“We are providing guidance on ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as using methods to ensure social distancing and implementing strategies for sanitizing frequently touched surfaces,” ISDH Spokesperson Megan Wade-Taxter said in an email statement.

“As we get closer to the event, we’ll look at what safety protocols will need to be in place,” Smith said.

Tickets and other information should be available starting in June and will be available through the Indiana State Fair’s website.

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