In 2021, we hosted the first Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Day at the Indiana State Fair and we are thrilled to announce that we will do it again this year. Instead of a presence in the Farm Bureau Building as we had in the past, Saturday, July 30 will officially be Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Day!
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance will have a huge presence on State Fair Boulevard, including activities for kids and adults, insurance agents to answer any questions, information and, most excitedly, a grand sweepstakes!
Ready, Set, Mow!
During the month of July, we are hosting a sweepstakes called Ready, Set, Mow! Each Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance agency in the state will be giving away a DeWalt 20X20V MAX brushless, cordless push lawn mower. That means there are 24 chances to win!
If you plan on attending Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Day at the Indiana State Fair this year, RSVP online at our Facebook event. Enjoy fair food, exciting rides, farm animals and join us for a chance to win the Ready, Set, Mow! sweepstakes.
When is the Indiana State Fair?
The 2022 Indiana State Fair will take place from Friday, July 29 to Sunday, August 21. This year’s 2022 Indiana State Fair theme is “fun at the speed of summer” and celebrates Indiana’s automotive excellence. New last year, the Fair will again be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The 2022 Indiana State Fair will still look a bit different this year due to the COVID protocols that remain in place, but the fair will still have fairgoer favorites including carnival rides, fun fair food, 4-H competitions and free entertainment.
History of the Indiana State Fair
In 1851, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law that was, “An act for the encouragement of Agriculture.” This law created the State Board of Agriculture whose primary goal was to host the first Indiana State Fair. The first Fair took place in 1852 at Camp Sullivan, now known as Military Park. Indiana was only the sixth state in the nation to hold an annual state agricultural exposition.
The State Fair was also held in Lafayette, Madison, New Albany, Fort Wayne and Terre Haute before it was centrally located to Indianapolis in the area that is now the Herron-Morton Place neighborhood.
By the late 1800s, the Fair had outgrown its location and moved to its current location on 38th Street. The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center opened in 1892 and has hosted more than 115 Indiana State Fairs.
The State Fair has been held every year since 1852, except 1861 because the Indiana State Fairgrounds were being used for military purposes during the Civil War, and in 2020 when it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During World War II, the fairgrounds were again requisitioned for the military and were under Army Air Forces use, therefore the 1942-1944 Fairs were scaled back to 4-H competitions only.
Top tips for attending the Indiana State Fair
It is August in Indiana, remember to bring sunscreen and water.
Download the Indiana State Fair app for access to the day’s schedules, a map of the fairgrounds, events and entertainment.
Check out progress on the Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion, which opens in the summer of 2023
The Fair hosts a variety of free concerts at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand. From Kansas to Chaka Khan to Zach Williams, find one you’re excited about and plan your day.
Don’t forget to see the crowd favorites when you’re at the Fair. The giant cheese sculpture and the world’s largest boar are always big hits.
New this year is Speed: Science in Motion. It’s fast. It’s fun. It features exciting, hands-on exhibits to test your potential as a Formula One driver. Fairgoers will be put through their paces to experience what it is like to operate at high speeds through hands-on simulations that test peripheral vision, reaction speed, coordination, concentration and heart rate under stress.
Need more for you race fans? Visit the IMS Museum: Traditions. An incredible exhibit that displays the many iconic traditions of the month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is open daily in the Farm Bureau Building.
Be sure to catch The Canine Stars stunt dog show featuring freestyle disc dogs, high jumping, agility, dock diving and trick dog. They’ll be at the Fair starting Aug. 3.
And finally, the Fairgrounds is 250 acres of non-stop fun—be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
Join us July 30 for Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Day at the Indiana State Fair!