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Beating the Heat at the State Fair

One of the State Fairs indoor facilities for fairgoers looking to beat the heat.

In the midst of August each year, fairgoers parade to the State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis to enjoy their annual traditions of 4-H, fair food and entertainment. August not only brings the State Fair to Indiana each year, but a whole other entity that Hoosiers are all too familiar with – the heat and humidity. With the weather fluctuating daily, there’s no telling in advance whether the day will be warm and breezy, present 15-minute increments of storms that seem to appear out of nowhere, or whether you will be stuck in the center of an excruciating heat wave with heat indexes skyrocketing through the roof. So how can you beat the heat and still leave the fair sunburn- and sweat-ridden, you ask?

The Indiana State Fair houses a number of indoor facilities for visitors that need to take a break from Mother Nature’s unpredictable trials and tribulations. Be on the lookout for the following features when you need to take a time-out from the rising temperature:

The Exposition Hall – Vendors line the path laid out for fairgoers looking for exciting new products and great demonstrations from Indiana organizations across the state. The variety of booths available to visitors reaches far and wide – from Indiana travel guides to hot tubs, fairgoers will find something unique to them for purchase or simply just to browse.

Farm Bureau Building – Located on the North side of the fairgrounds, this building houses a number of events in the comfort of air conditioning. Youth talent shows, Taste of Indiana Farms and an array of 4-H activities are housed here with something new presented every day for the returning visitor.

Grand Hall – Renovated merely eleven years ago, what used to be Lincoln Theatre stands Grand Hall, one of the State Fairgrounds’ prime banquet and reception halls. This year, Grand Hall hosts the “Willkommen to Germany!” exhibit, complete with German performances, demonstrations, food and displays.

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Written by : Lissa is a 2011 graduate of Butler University with a degree in Public Relations and Spanish. She is currently interning with Williams Randall Marketing and has held numerous internships throughout her college career at organizations across Indy, including Publicis, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Conrad Indianapolis and Emmis Communications. With passions in both traveling and communication, she strives to pursue a career path in travel and tourism within the journalism and public relations field. You can follow Lissa via Twitter at @lissaphillips