I managed to get to the Indiana State Fair twice today. I was invited to a midmorning Bar Mitzvah and wasn’t sure of how the timing would go, and I wanted to be mentally present in the beautiful ceremony and not worried if I’d make it to the Fair between the celebration and working at the Red Key at 5:00.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I drove both times. I’m recovering from a broken ankle – I’m out of the boot, which elicited great sympathy and I am now wearing a splint, which just looks like a poor fashion choice.
I parked at the gate across from the Fairgrounds at the same time as a lovely Japanese family visiting Indianapolis. I happily helped them navigate buying tickets and steering them to the animals and Pioneer Village and circling things on the map for them to visit. Once again, I wondered if my enthusiasm for the State Fair borders on the creepy side.
After spending time with the family, I walked to the Indiana Arts Building to check on some of my entries that I’d forgotten to look for the day before. I enjoy entering things in the antiques division. Not that I own anything particularly valuable – two of the things I entered this year were borrowed from Dad’s living room. A bowl I purchased from a thrift store won the third place ribbon in its category and a wall calendar I purchased at an auction also placed third. I can’t even say that I have a good eye for what will do well – with the exception of ugly lamps.
For my second visit of the day I had a friend in tow so of course, I had to drag him to the Indiana Arts Building to show off my ribbons. We also looked at the photographs and quilts and artwork displayed in the building.
I got my first sweet corn of the Fair. I’m always so excited about the corn that I don’t let it cool down enough before I eat it. I decided to try to the corn in a cup (I think all corn stands offer it for a dollar extra). It wasn’t the same. I’m going back to eating it from the cob, dripping butter be damned.
New this year is a wine garden, serving Indiana wines. It’s located next to the Agriculture-Horticulture (Ag-Hort as folks call it) Building. Make sure you have your ID ready.
My friend’s go-to Fair food is the walleye sandwich from the food truck behind the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Building. It’s also a great place to watch the Habitat to Humanity building action.
I also got to take my first tractor tram ride of the Fair. For a mere buck, you can ride all the way around the Fairgrounds and meet some interesting folks along the way.
I’ll see you there!