While there are truckloads of fun things to do in the evening at the Indiana State Fair, being able to visit on a weekday is a real treat.

Childhood friend Ann, and I took advantage of the great weather to walk on the Monon Trail to the Fairgrounds.

Today was one of the “$2 Tuesdays”- I really do love how the Fair is so straightforward with the naming things – the Free Stage is free, dairy treats are in the Dairy Bar, the Main Street Stage in on Main Street (those streets do have names) and the Swine Barns house the pigs.

Anyway, mark your calendars for next Tuesday, August 18. $2 admission (thanks to Springleaf Financial), $2 samples of food from the vendors, and $2 Midway rides.

Ann and I have our State Fair routine and I love it. We started in the Home and Family Arts Building looking at the culinary projects and antiques.

Next stop was the Dairy Bar. I can’t tell you why eating a grilled cheese sandwich in the hot sun is so comforting, but it sure is. And it is always fun to chat with the groups working in the bar – today it was the Cambridge City Lincoln High School athletic teams. The money they make helps fund their uniforms and equipment.

I finally got to see some of my favorite Pioneer Village folks. I look forward to catching up with Dick Reel and checking on the progress of the beautiful bench that he will create during the Fair for the Old-Time Farm & Antique Auction at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 22 in the Pioneer Village Opry House. I naively thought one year that I could afford to buy the bench. The bids quickly went out of my reach – which is great – the bench truly is a work of art.

We saw a great blacksmithing demonstration – fire, pounding metal with a hammer, creating awesome things – I can wrap my head around this craft. 

I took advantage of the $2 food specials, the portions are always more sensible. The Kings Potatoes are always delicious and the regular portion is huge!

Sutter’s Saltwater Taffy offers a grab bag of taffy for $2. 

I also had a “mouse” ear – a portion of the size of an elephant year at the Red Barn.

Ann got a cotton candy-flavored snow cone for our walk home.

#selfiewithafarmer – Jim Wenning is a Henry County grain farmer.

My picks for Wednesday: 

First of all, it is Indiana Pork Day and that should be enough. 

2:00 - 5:00 PM - Hank Hazard and the Nashville Swingers [Pioneer Village Stage] 

3:00 PM - Mule and Donkey Show [Youth Arena] 

7:30 PM - Happy Together Tour - The Cowsills, who last played at the Indiana State Fair in 1968. 

Nora Spitznogle is a nonprofit director by day and year-round 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. 


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