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Indiana State Fair

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Our Top 10 Dining Stories of 2013

Including Indiana State Fair (fried) food porn, a celebrity’s surprise visit at a downtown eatery, a buzzworthy drink prepared 10 different ways, and much more.

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The Hoosierist: Bricks & Mormon

Question: How much do those fancy helicopters the TV stations use cost?

Popcorn ball (Photo courtesy Indiana State Fair)
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Photo: The Indiana State Fair Is in the Rearview, and So Is This Fantastic Hat

Sartorial decisions aside, here’s a by-the-numbers look at this year’s fair attendance and much more.

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10 Reasons to Hit the DuPont Food Pavilion at the Indiana State Fair

Earlier this month, IM reported that the Indiana State Fair—that bastion of deep-fried butter—was taking baby steps toward appealing to a more refined class of locavores and epicureans, primarily at the DuPont Food Pavilion.

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Oldie but Goodie: Styx Rocks State Fair

My mom introduced me to Styx. She used to pop in the greatest hits album when we were driving down the interstate and let the sweet rock ’n‘ roll sing through the speakers.

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Video: Vocal Throwdown at Indiana State Fair

More than 160 young Hoosiers sent in tapes of their finest vocals for a chance to battle at the State Fair’s rendition of American Idol, its first-ever Vocal Throwdown.

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Swoon List 8.13.13

Including roasted sweet corn served with dollops of gourmet butters at Valparaiso farm-to-fork outpost Valley.

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Indiana State Fair: Behind the Scenes at the Dairy Bar

Peek behind the counter at this annual institution, and you’ll see that the Dairy Bar is more than merely an ice cream stand or a sandwich grill. It’s a well-oiled operation.

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Taste Test: Indiana State Fair and Dig IN

If the Fair is for eaters, Dig IN is for foodies.

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Q&A: Karmin, Soon to Play the Indiana State Fair

“We have [been to a lot of state fairs], but they all have a different vibe. The one thing they all share is great food stands. I’m going to eat a fried Snickers bar!”

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Q&A: Danny Huston of North American Midway

With the Indiana State Fair opening today, we caught up with the owner of North American Midway, a lifelong Hoosier who has been operating the rides for 20 years.

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Monon Trail Rookie's Guide: 10 Dos and Don'ts

Don’t try to make new friends. Even so, the people-watching is first class. Just don’t gawk.

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Swoon List: 5 Things We Adore Right Now

>> MORE: To Eat or Not to Eat—State Fair Dos and Don’ts, now through Sunday, Aug. 19

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To Eat and Not to Eat: State Fair Dos & Don'ts

The Indiana State Fair harbors a bonanza of options (and a nonstop source of amusement), and with that comes a litany of both must-munch and don’t-dare food and drink products. Here, a grandstand-meets–Midway rundown of the best and worst (wurst?) for your palate at this event, an annual since 1862. All the offerings are not created equal. Fair enough? We think so.

 

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Swoon List: 5 Things We Adore Right Now

Italian Spaghetti Ice Cream at the Indiana State Fair, one of this year’s buzzed-about newcomers. With a flavor reminiscent of strawberry shortcake, the frozen treat consists of a pile of creamy, noodle-shaped vanilla gelato; a “red sauce” of syrupy pureed strawberries; chocolate malted milk “meatballs”; and grated white-chocolate “cheese.” Points for creativity, and the kids will love it.

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