June 20, 2024

166th State Fair in the books

Indiana State Fair a success

More people attended the Indiana State Fair this summer compared to last summer. Nearly 850,000 people visited the 2023 fair.

INDIANAPOLIS — The 166th Indiana State Fair ended Aug. 20 after 18 days of fun, food, education and entertainment.

Highlights of this year’s fair included the new Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion, the Illuminate Lantern Display, basketball-themed exhibits, daily free concerts and more.

“This year marks such a special moment in our history,” said Cindy Hoye, Indiana State Fair Commission executive director.

“Not only did we unveil the world-class, premier livestock facility in the Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion, but we also celebrated the state that grew the game of basketball, with our great partners at Pacers Sports & Entertainment. 2023 was a remarkable and memorable year.

“Watching 4-Hers and families showing livestock and making memories in our newly renovated swine barn, which is already packed full of a century of traditions, was nothing short of remarkable.”

Fast Facts

• 840,414 people attended 2023 State Fair.

• New safety measures were implemented and successful.

• Many vendors reported record sales.

• More than 6,700 4-H members showed or displayed nearly 50,000 animal and nonanimal projects.

Erica Quinlan

Erica Quinlan

Field Editor