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Sights, sounds & DEALS abound at Indiana State Fair.

One of my favorite events of the summer is the Indiana State Fair. The fun of the fair, to be held in Indianapolis from August 7-23, takes a bit of the sting out of the looming back to school days.

If the stock up on new tennis shoes, backpacks and other must-haves for school has left your wallet a little thin, check out these great Indiana State Fair deals:

Round up all your family, friends and neighbors for the BMV’s Carload Day. Click here for a $15 carload coupon good for admission of up to 10 people in one vehicle on Monday, August 17.

Check your local library. Often, Indiana State Fair tickets are offered as prizes in library summer reading programs.

Discount admission tickets in advance are just $7 (kids 5 and younger are free every day). They will be available mid-July at all Indiana Wal-Mart stores, CVS/pharmacy stores, Indiana Farm Bureau offices, The Marten House Hotel, the Indiana State Fairgrounds Box Office.

Free Admission Ticket in the Indianapolis Star – The Indianapolis Star will offer a free ticket in the newspaper on Monday, August 10 good for Wednesday, August 12 and  Thursday, August 13. Watch The Star later that week for more surprises!

Free Admission For Military Personnel and Families – The State Fair is honoring our current and former memebers of the Armed Forces by offering free admission for them and family members on Sunday, August 16, with presentation of a military ID or veterans’ membership card. Click herefor more information.

Delta SkyMiles $2 Tuesday – On Tuesday, August 18, visitors are admitted for just $2, compliments of Delta SkyMiles with voucher printed from this page which will be coming soon.

Farmers’ Day Lunch Deal for Downtown Workers – On Wednesday, August 19 (Farmer’s Day), downtown workers who take the IndyGo Route 39 bus for $1.75 from 11 am to 2 pm will receive free admission to the Fair through Gate 1A on 38th St. For trip planning assistance, visit or call (317) 635-3344.

Free Admission for State Employees – All state employees are admitted to the fair for free on Thursday, August 20, with the presentation of an employee ID card.

2 for 1 Admission for ABATE Members – On Friday, August 21, ABATE of Indiana Motorcycle Day, two visitors will be admitted for the price of one when they present an ABATE of Indiana membership card.

$2 Discount with Pepsi Product Can – All visitors who bring any Pepsi brand can on the fair’s final day, August 23, will receive $2 off the gate admission.

Free Lottery Ticket – On Sunday, August 9, all guests at least 18 years old can redeem their fair ticket from 10 am to 7pm at either of the two Hoosier Lottery Booths, at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand or on the North Side near Farmers Blvd.

Tractor Shuttle Ride Discounts for Seniors – All seniors, age 55 and older, can ride the tractor shuttles around the Fairgrounds for just $3/day when they purchase a special wristband at the State Fair Information Booths located in Pioneer Village and on State Fair Blvd. On Golden Hoosiers’ Day, August 18, seniors can ride the tractor shuttles for Free!

Indiana State Fair Value Coupon Book – Save money on everything from corn dogs to sunglasses by purchasing this book for just $5. More than $100 in deals and discounts are being offered by dozens of fair vendors. The books are available in the Tomato Patch Gift Shop presented by Red Gold.

$2 Taste of the State Fair – On Tuesday, August 18, concessionaires all over the fairgrounds will have $2 food specials all day long!

WFMS Free Ticket Indianapolis radio station WFMS (95.5) will be giving away free admission to the Fair on Monday, August 17 – Thursday, August 20 through a “ticket stop” locations. Listen to WFMS  for more details.

Russ Parr Radio Show – The Russ Parr Radio Show will be in the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand on Monday, August 10 from 6 – 10am. WHHH 96.3 FM will be posting on their website ticket locations and giving away vouchers for free admission to the State Fair. Voucher is only good until 9am on this day.

If you have never been to the Indiana State Fair and wonder what you are missing, check out this blog entry I wrote after our visit last year. If you’re already a fan of the fair, leave a comment and let us know what your favorite fair activity is.

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Written by : Amy moved to Indiana for college in 1988 (Go Bulldogs!) and has never left. Married with three children, she's always on the lookout for fun and affordable things to do in Indiana. Elsewhere on the web, you can find Amy at The Fourth Frog Blog and All Things Aging. Amy receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.