Unspoken Rules: Indiana State Fair

Do the event like a Grand Champion.
• Parking is a madhouse, even on weekdays. Take the shuttle from Glendale.

• Scrambler ride then lemon shake-up, not the other way around.

• If you’re there for the best flower bouquets or prize-winning pumpkins, go early. You don’t want to see many of the organic items 10 days in.

• There’s sanitizer outside the animal barns for a reason.

• Catch the antique-tractor parade and the falconry show.

• If your heart can handle only one indefensible treat, make it the deep-fried butter—a chewy ball of dough with a gooey cinnamon center.

• Check out the flower gardens by the DNR Building. They’re all native Indiana plants.

• Share the mist machines.

• Kids in the cow barn will try to scare you by dangling a fake spider on a string. Don’t fall for it.

• Underrated: the Free Stage’s retro entertainment value. Morris Day & The Time, August 8!

• Want to haggle on a hot tub? Wait ’til the last day. Vendors would rather not haul them off.