I later learned that the crazy rain today had kept so many people away that they quit charging admission in the early afternoon.
It felt like I had the place to myself. I took advantage of that by doing some of the things that I hadn't had the chance check out yet.
I visited Boris, the Champion Largest Male Hog. The seven year-old weighs in at 1204 pounds.
I strolled right up to the Hoosier Lottery Booth and purchased five of the Hoosier Dreams tickets. I won $5 and a free spin on the wheel. No line - and won a pair of headphones.
My Aunt Carol was volunteering in the Dairy Bar with her husband and their church group. She was on a break and we were sitting at a picnic table when the tornado warning sirens sounded. We were hustled into the Dairy Bar to "shelter in place."
Luckily the bad weather didn't come near the Fairgrounds. And I got to go in the Dairy Bar! It's all clean and shiny and smells as terrific as you think it would!
The _ndy sign is back at the Fairgrounds. Again there was no line....and no one to take my photo making the "i" in Indy, so I had to settle for a selfie.
I got a personal serenade from the Circle City Sidewalk Stompers Clown Band.
There are always kids being photographed in the giant wheels of a John Deere tractor in the display in front of Mac Reynolds Barn. There was nary a child in sight, so I grabbed my own in a wheel picture.
I "drove" ethanol-sponsored NASCAR simulator car in Mac Reynolds Barn. I'm such a cautious driver - I couldn't "floor" it and kept looking for the turn-signal lever.
While Pioneer Village was mostly empty, I was lucky enough to happen across Bill Bailey and Robin Harrison on the porch and got a private concert.
I was happy to see a nice crowd (and run into friends) at the Wallflowers Show on the Free Stage. Jakob Dylan and the band played a great show and gave the audience love for coming out in the cruddy weather.
While I felt bad for all of the vendors and folks that work so hard to put the Fair together, I thoroughly enjoyed my private evening at the Fair.
You can get into the Fair for $2 and most vendors have a $2 Taste of the Fair special.
****The Truth Booth is an giant inflatable structure in the shape of a speech bubble that you can find near the Bicentennial Pavilion tomorrow only from 2:00 - 9:00. You can go inside and answer the prompt, "The truth is ..." Responses will be videotaped for a future art project.
*10:00 - 1:00 Robin Harrison [Pioneer Village] - I'm a big fan of Robin and his music. Grab some lunch, sit in a church pew and relax.
*2:00 - 5:00 Last Drop Jugband [Pioneer Village] - Big jug band fun!
*3:15 Fun with Newspaper [Pioneer Village] - The kiddos will love Mr. Reel and his story using newspaper hats to illustrate.
*5:00 Fish Cleaning and Cooking [Ag/Hort Building] - Purdue Extension will teach you all about cleaning and cooking your fresh catch.
*6:00 - 8:00 New Augusta Duo [Pioneer Village] - Great acoustic fun!
*7:00 State Fair....The Musical [Opry House, Pioneer Village] - I saw this play last week and it is a hoot. The songs will be swirling around in your head for days....our State Fair is the best State Fair in the state...
Nora Spitznogle can still recite the 4-H pledge by heart and is an unabashed Indiana State Fair geek. She hasn't missed a single day of the Fair in over a decade and the stack of ribbons from entering baking competitions and ugly lamp contests in the Open Show are among her prized possessions.
It was eerie when I pulled into the Indiana State Fairgrounds this evening. No one was at the gate to take my ticket and Main Street was empty when I walked in at 5:30.