The first few days of the 2016 Indiana State Fair I was shocked by how few people were there. Today I was wondering why there were so many people at "my Fair?"
I rode my bike - the trail was so busy that there was a State trooper at 42nd Street directing the bycicle and foot traffic.
The beautiful weather combined with the last day of the Fair brought people out in droves! One food vendor told me that they sold as much in the first three hours as they did in the first 16 days.
I was travelling around the Fairgrounds with a posse today that included my brother, his wife, my nephew, and their neighbors. After eating our way down Main Street - corn, potato chips, milk shakes, cheese sticks....we visited the Indiana Arts Building.
As you might remember, I got third place in the Ugly Lamp contest. Many have asked for a photograph of the first place lamp. Here it is in all of its glory. I think the fourth place lamp is pretty swell also.
This is version 2.0 of our group photograph. In the first one my dear nephew was holding the giant banana he won in a very unfortunate place.
I made a tactical error in waiting to visit Pioneer Village. I missed saying good bye to most of the folks there - after living on the Fairgrounds for the last 20 days or so they were ready to go home! I did catch Ellsworth Christmas on his way out.
The blacksmith guys were still working. I picked up one last souvenir.
As always, the parade was chock-full of tractors and nostalgia.
This was my third visit to the Bicentennial Pavilion and I think I finally saw everything. The touch screen display of famous Hoosiers was mesmerizing.
Bye Indiana State Fair - I'll see you next year....or tomorrow when I pick up my projects and ribbons.
Thanks for reading!
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.