INDIANAPOLIS — The opening celebration of the 2019 Indiana State Fair marked the official start of the event billed as “the 17 greatest days of summer.”

Gov. Eric Holcomb welcomed everyone to the Indiana State Fair and told attendees how even though he and his wife have been attending the fair for years, he still looks forward to coming to the event every year.

“I’m more pumped every year as the Indiana State Fair continues to take it to the next level,” he said.

Holcomb said the Indiana State Fair, with all due respect to Santa, is the most wonderful time of the year.

“The State Fair brings all 92 counties together, from rural to suburban areas,” he said.

The governor noted this year’s theme is “Heroes in the Heartland,” and throughout the 17 days of the fair, teachers, farmers, first responders and other everyday heroes will be honored.

“During the next 17 days, be sure to say thank you to a Heartland Hoosier Hero,” he said, adding that everyday heroes are the fabric of the state.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said the state fair is one of the best events that Indiana has to offer because it represents Indiana agriculture, the heart and soul of the Hoosier state.

“Agriculture is in our DNA and it is a part of who we are as Hoosiers and that has never been more apparent than during the 17 days of the Indiana State Fair,” Crouch said.

For more information about the Indiana State Fair or to plan your trip, visit www.indianastatefair.com/state-fair.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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