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Indiana State Fair

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Swoon List: Old Gold Barbecue, The Inferno Room, And More

Five things we’re craving right now.

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Fresh (Local) Fare At The Indiana State Fair

Buy fresh, local goods by Indiana producers at the State Fair.

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The Hoosierist: What’s The Buzz?

“Everybody’s on board. I think they see the humor in it.”

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Secrets Of The State Fair Baking Stars

Meet the band of devoted home bakers who keep the Indiana State Fair in blue-ribbon desserts.

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Swoon List: Poke Guru, Indiana State Fair, And More

Don’t overlook that breakfast galette. The execution on it is flawless.

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Confessions Of A Competitive Eater

“It’s just been a crazy roller coaster. I’ve met amazing friends. I met my girlfriend there. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.”

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Speed Read: Indiana State Fair Midway

A look behind the Indiana State Fair midway.

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Swoon List: Iozzo's Garden Of Italy, Salty Cowboy, And More

Lincoln Square Pancake House (multiple Indy-area locations) serves up rib-sticking chorizo-topped scrambled eggs atop a tortilla with a side of Mexican hash browns.   The Dolly Parton nachos: guajillo chile rojo chicken, queso, sautéed poblanos and onions, pickled jalapeños, lettuce, pico de gallo, and cilantro crema from Salty Cowboy (55 E. Oak St., Zionsville, 317-344-0926). The […]

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Unspoken Rules: The State Fair With Kids

Park at the Indiana School for the Deaf, on 42nd Street. Easy in, easy out. Closed-toed shoes only. There is an astonishing array of gross things kids can step in at the Fair. The Family Fun Park is smoke-free, unlike the Midway. Avoid: cotton candy (sticky), tractor pulls (loud), giant stuffed animals (cumbersome). Shuttle rides […]

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What We’re Really Doing This Weekend: Staff Picks

Where to check out Gen Con costumes, what to see at the State Fair, a winery concert, and more.

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Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse Survivor Recounts Inspiring Recovery

On an emotional level, my life is richer because of this experience. I’m stronger than I was before because of what I’ve been through. I’ve had to face challenges that the average person doesn’t have the opportunity to overcome.

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Backtrack: The State Fair’s Original Exhibition Building

Revisiting the original home of summertime’s most beloved event.

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Speed Read: High on the Hog

At the Indiana State Fair swine show, if you want to fill your piggy bank, you need to shell out some bacon.

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Editor’s Note, August 2016: Best in Show at the State Fair

Former home economics teacher Mary Alice Collins of Markleville has entered the contest for almost 60 years, winning thousands of ribbons and an “Indiana State Fair Master” award along the way.

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August Events in Indy: 10 Reasons to Get out During the Dog Days of Summer

Indy Monthly sifted through the city’s top events—there’s plenty going on all month long.

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