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Looking Forward to the Indiana State Fair 2011

Yippee! It’s the Year of Soybeans! Uh, at the Indiana State Fair, that is.

Okay, so maybe it’s not that exciting. I liked it better when it was the year of the pig, and I got to try several different pork dishes when I was at the Indiana State Fair, but still, we grow a lot of soybeans here in Indiana, and it makes me proud to know that my state helps feed the world. So what better place to celebrate that than at the Indiana State Fair.

This will be my fourth year at the Indiana State Fair, and every year I go back, I always look forward to the stuff I can see. I spent several years working in the animal production industry, and while I never mixed in with the animals themselves, I spent a lot of years talking with the people who did. So I know the Fair, know what goes into it, and how it’s a great reflection of what the state of Indiana is really like. (Yes, there is life outside I-465.) (These are photos from the 2010 Indiana State Fair.)

This year, I’m looking forward to a few things, some old favorites, some new treats:

  • Fried Kool-Aid. I’ve always tried to avoid the new fried surprises they offer at the Fair each year fried butter, fried candy bars, fried Twinkies. But I may have to try the fried Kool-Aid this year.
  • The Pork tent. If you’re a fan of pork tenderloins Indiana’s official sandwich visit the pork tent. They have some of the best pork tenderloins you’re going to find.
  • Canstruction. Held in the Ball State Ag/Hort (Agriculture/Horticulture) Building, my alma mater’s namesake plays host to over 100 different can structures built and designed by different teams around the state. Starting on August 5th, teams will build their designs using cans of food that will all be donated to Gleaner’s Food Bank when it’s over.
  • The “Willkommen to Germany” Exhibit. Every year, the Fair showcases a different country and discusses its ties with Indiana. This year, we’re going to learn more about Germany. And other than Holland, Germany is the one country I have visited more in the world than any other. So I’m looking forward to learning more about our Teutonic connections next month.
  • The cow barn. I’ve always liked cows. They’re just good looking animals, especially the Dutch Banded (the Oreo cookie looking ones). My trip to the fair is never complete until I get to see my Dutch Bandeds.

I usually spend a whole day with my family at the fair, but this year, I’m going to play Media Man and hang out at the Fair a few more times on my own. Be sure to check this blog for photos, videos, and articles about what you can see at the Indiana State Fair, at 38th and Fall Creek in Indianapolis.

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