Indiana State Fair Memories

Indiana State Fair

I enjoyed a day at the Indiana State Fair last weekend along with my sister. I loved seeing, petting, and feeding the many animals there (such as the goat above). The fair is now over, so you can’t attend in person anymore this year. But let me take you on a little virtual visit.
Indiana State Fair 4-H stage

One of the best things about the fair, to me, is the 4-H building. I enjoyed finding my girls’ four projects here. And I always make a pilgrimage to the second floor, where the stage is. Over thirty years ago, I gave a demonstration on this very stage, and won a trip to Washington, D.C.! It was a great moment for me, and it makes me happy to see that 4-Hers are still using this stage.


Indiana State Fair cans display

The Farm Bureau building always has various displays of cans. I had to take a photo of this one — how very British!

Indiana State Fair strawberry shortcake

The Farm Bureau building is also where I buy my special treat each year: strawberry shortcake. YUM!


Indiana State Fair Trump

Who woulda thought that I’d run into the President at the state fair? I had to get a picture. I also got a photo with VP Mike Pence, but since I try not to get too political on the blog, I’ll leave it at that.


Indiana State Fair Jane Austen food

The fair theme this year was food. Inside one of the buildings, I was surprised (in a good way) to see various displays on food through the years — including this one on food and Jane Austen.

Mousetrap Indiana State Fair grilled cheese

Speaking of food, how about some more? Here’s a grilled cheese from the Indiana Dairy Barn known as The Mousetrap. Now normally a grilled cheese would not excite me. I haven’t eaten one in years. But this was so good!! It was apparently concocted by a dairy farmer from my own town, and was made of 3 different types of cheese on grilled Texas Toast. And the root beer float pictured was just a dollar. The Dairy Barn has great prices, and from the size of the lines there, people have discovered this.


Indiana State Fair Budweiser Clydesdale horses

As we were getting ready to leave, we came across the final treat of the day. The Budweiser Clydesdales were visiting. We were able to see the staff put harnesses, etc. on eight of the horses, and hook them to the wagon. Most of the horses weigh around 2000 pounds. They are really big! The front two were a bit smaller, at 1700 lb. each. I think they said the wagon weighed 7000 pounds, and there was a dalmatian who rode on it as well (although we left before he made an appearance).

There you go. You got to visit the 2017 Indiana State Fair! If you visited in real life, what was your favorite thing this year?

4 thoughts on “Indiana State Fair Memories

  1. I haven’t been there in years. I’m sure I would enjoy visiting, except for the pain associated with all the walking.

  2. I really enjoyed the tour. I loved all the great food. What great pictures! The last state fair I went to was in Columbus, Ohio, in the early 2000’s so I was long overdue for a state fair visit. Thanks!

  3. I love that there was a Jane Austen exhibit! How cool! I was really sad I missed the Clydesdales–another friend sent me lots of photos of them. All the food! Makes me hungry!

  4. What an enjoyable day for you and your sister at IN State Fair in Indy! I also would have loved each and every stop you pictured in this blog. A 3-cheese toastie along with a root beer float was “the bomb”, and the strawberry shortcake looks quite pleasing as well. I have seen the Clydesdales before and they are truly impressive. Glad that you got to revisit some memories of your own 4-H days! Thanks for the virtual tour!

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