Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fun at the Indiana State Fair

Last weekend, we headed to the Indiana State Fair, one of the country's oldest and largest state fairs. I've been writing a lot about the Fair this week, a little bit here and a lot over at Visit Indiana. While not as delicious as a cold, fruity slushy on the Midway, here's a taste of what I've been blogging:
And one of my favorite kid-friendly attractions at the Fair:
Little Hands on the Farm Photos:

The Arrow absolutely loved the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit. It's a chance for young kids to experience life on the farm, with age-appropriate activities (like feeding the pigs, planting seeds and driving a tractor). They even earn a dollar for all their hard work, which they can use to buy treats (like a juice box) at the market.

Indiana Young Farmers Association Photos:

While the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit was a planned stop, ducking into the Indiana Young Farmers Assocation building definitely wasn't. And yet we nearly had to drag The Arrow away... he loved the playground, the magnetic fishing pond, the tractor he could sit on and pretend to drive. That's such a great aspect of the Indiana State Fair... you never know what you might find that will hold your attention!

Just a little sampling of our day at the Indiana State Fair! The Fair runs through August 17, so there's still plenty of time to visit.

Where to Go:

You'll find the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit in the Riley Fun Park on the northeast side of the Fairgrounds. It opens at 9 a.m. The Indiana Young Farmers Association building is just east of the Indiana DNR building (another good stop!), also on the northside of the Fairgrounds. Both are free with admission to the Fair.

This post is a part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby.


  1. We had a ton of fun recently experiencing our first "real" county fair while visiting Michigan. The heat was challenging, but the kids had a blast in spite of it. Their favorite activity? Racing mini monster trucks around a mini track. Go figure.

  2. Looks like fun! I love that they pay them a dollar.

  3. Wow that looks like so much fun. I'm not surprised you had to drag him away. Earning a dollar for their hard work ... love it!

  4. great to see this -- I hear about the state fair often from friends who live in Indiana and it looks like fun.

  5. I think state fairs and kids just go together - my boys are still talking about the Texas state fair that we visited and the fun they had there.

  6. Such great pictures! I love that there is so much to do for the little ones!


  7. Loved the fair when the kids were little - don't get a chance to go much anymore.

  8. Oh my goodness! This looks like so much fun, and your pictures are darling. I wish we lived closer so we could go. I guess we'll have to wait for the Texas State Fair this fall. :)

  9. I've been missing the State Fair here in Michigan lately. Hoping I'll find a decent county fair nearby to check out.