January 28, 2023

It’s a wrap: State Fair celebrates another successful year

INDIANAPOLIS — The 165th Indiana State Fair came to a close Aug. 21 after 18 days of fun and an increased number of fairgoers compared to last year.

Visitors could taste delicious food, learn about agriculture and celebrate the state’s automotive excellence at the fair.

“This year’s Indiana State Fair was a great success,” said Cindy Hoye, Indiana State Fair Commission executive director.

“We were challenged with a few days of hot summer heat, but thankful that we had mostly beautiful weather.

“We are proud that no other state fair brings 4-H project work and agriculture to life like the Indiana State Fair.”

2022 Highlights

• Despite a heat index above 90 degrees on five days, attendance numbers were above 2021 numbers, attracting 837,568 fairgoers.

• Final numbers show that fairgoers enjoyed the fair to the fullest extent and spent their entire day at the fair with many vendors and partners reporting record sales.

• Around 6,600 4-H exhibitors showed or displayed a combined 45,739 animal and non-animal projects.

• The Dairy Bar sold 62,000-plus milkshakes and 32,000 grilled cheese sandwiches.

The 166th Indiana State Fair returns July 28 to Aug. 20, 2023. For more information, visit www.indianastatefair.com.

Erica Quinlan

Erica Quinlan

Field Editor