I went to the Indiana State Fair straight from work and arrived just in time for the Daily Parade. The parade loops around the Fairgrounds at 6:30 most evenings and features everything good. A float with a giant cow, a vintage fire truck, impossibly tiny cars, the State Fair Queen, and vintage tractors. What more could you ask for?
I don’t have my State Fair bag game down yet. I had sunscreen, rain jacket, notebook, pen, refillable water bottle, tissues, Epi-Pen, ID, cash, phone charger, program, back up camera battery….everything but the dang camera.
Typically the iPhone works well enough for photos for social media and for these updates, but to be allowed in the photo pit for the Free Stage concerts you should at the least have a camera. I was bummed that I wouldn’t be able to photograph Air Supply. I really wanted to see Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell up close.
The silver lining was that I could have a cocktail and enjoy the crowd, music, and beautiful evening. Booze has been served up at the State Fair for the last few years. New for 2019 is that you can take your beer/wine/cocktail around the Fair. No need to stay in the cordoned off area, just make sure that you are wearing your wristband from having your ID checked. I’m not sure about grabbing a beer and heading to the 4-H Buildings, but I think it’s nice to be able to have a drink and watch the concerts at the same time.
Air Supply sounded great and there were plenty of us singing along. I watched for about 30 minutes and headed out to see more of the Fair. As I was walking away from the Free Stage I overheard someone say, “I wonder what that band is called, they’re nailing the Air Supply songs.” I was still giggling when I hopped a ride on the tractor tram.
I jumped off at the FFA Building to say hello to one of our Second Helpings volunteers, Julie who is also volunteering in the Country Market. The Market is stocked with all Indiana produced products. Food items, lotions and candles, Ball jars, Clay City pottery, spices, handicrafts, and more. Julie reminded that you can find the best deal in the Fair there - $2 bottles of cold water.
I wandered around Pioneer Village, past the Speed Horse Barns, and the kiddie Midway. I like to visit the Swine Barn when it’s not too crowded. I have mixed feeling about the Champion and Reserve Champion boar being on display for all of the world to gawk at their 1060 pound glory, but I can’t not look. Tom took home the grand prize this year and Buddy is the runner up at a mere 1050 pounds.
While I was checking out the piglets I ran into Jill Ditmire (WFYI). We had a long chat about arts and music in Indianapolis. There are lots of exciting things happening on our city – all discussed in the Swine Barn.
I scooted home to make a trail batch of Grandma’s fudge. I’m going to enter it in the Heirloom Recipe contest on Wednesday. Fingers crossed that sets up just fine.