Indiana State Fair Ticket Giveaway + 2014 Highlights

by Ann-Marie on August 5, 2014

This post was sponsored by Indiana’s Family of Farmers, but my words and love of the Indiana State Fair are 100% my own. For more information please see my disclosure policy.

Indiana State Fair 2014Yesterday my kids and I had a fun day with other bloggers at the Indiana State Fair, hosted by Indiana’s Family of Farmers. We enjoyed breakfast and milkshakes from Indiana Dairy and lunch from Indiana Beef, toured the newly renovated coliseum and so much more.

I’ve got both an Indiana State Fair ticket giveaway plus some great highlights to the Indiana State Fair that I wanted to share with you!


Indiana State Fair Recipe Trail

Indiana’s Family of Farmers Recipe Trail

Indiana’s Family of Farmers’ Recipe Trail plays an integral part of helping to feed the hungry. This is the first year my kids and I actively participated. By collecting 10 recipe cards at buildings around the fair, we helped to donate one pound of food to Feeding Indiana’s Hungry.  Last year alone, $8,372 worth of food was donated!

Your very first stop when you reach the State Fair should be the DuPont Food Pavilion, so you can pick up a map for the Indiana’s Family of Farmers’ Recipe Trail. Then as you go about your day, stop into the buildings on the map and pick up a free recipe card. By starting and ending your day here, you’ll be less likely to need to backtrack to complete the trail, and at the end, this is also where you’ll turn in your recipe trail cards and be counted for your donation. (Don’t worry, you’ll get to keep the recipes!).

Indiana State Fair Freebies

Indiana State Fair Freebies

Visiting the fair can feel like it costs and arm and a (turkey) leg, but it doesn’t have to. There are numerous discounts and deals, and even freebies!

Minus the fun “Blogging Chick” t-shirt I received from IFoF, everything else you see pictured was either handed out, or we earned for free! (While supplies last).

  1. Frisbees from the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association. You can witness a live spay/neuter surgery in the Veterinary Exhibition Building.
  2. Sunflower seeds and Herb Seed Bookmarks – Kids can participate in the “Seed Survivor” interactive activities in the Ag/Hort building, and take home their own sunflower seeds to replant at home. Also distributed to everyone entering Seed Survivor was a bookmark with seeded paper containing basil, chives and parsley.
  3. Granola bar is one of the options kids can purchase in the Pop Weaver Grocery Store with their “money” earned from Little Hands on the Farm.
  4. A Purdue Extension cup is awarded to kids who complete the trivia contest in the DuPont Food Pavilion and learn about calcium, fruits and vegetables.
  5. Collect 10 free Recipe cards by participating in the Indiana’s Family of Farmers Recipe Trail, and turn them in for a prize for yourself, as well as a donation of 1 lb of food to local food banks.
  6. Stickers, tattoos and coupons from Red Gold in the DuPont Food Pavilion.
  7. Children’s books – this was perhaps the most exciting freebie! Visit the Hoosier Family of Readers booth in the DuPont Food Pavilion, where you can pick up a bookmark and a gently used book for your child.
  8. Pencils, stickers and a free milkshake or milk (not pictured, because it was devoured) from Indiana Dairy, when you complete the “Marooooned at the State Fair” scavenger hunt.
  9. Prairie Farms coupon booklets are available at a few different freestanding booths around the fairgrounds.
  10. Pick up a bag of popcorn in the Farm Bureau building for a free afternoon snack!

Fair Food

Cheeseburger Basket on a Stick

Never to be missed at the Indiana State Fair, the food. Deconstructed/Reconstructed was the theme of the Fair, and of the Signature Food contest. While Barto’s for Cheeseburger Basket on a Stick did not win the coveted title, it was worthy enough for me to give it a mention. It consists of hash brown potatoes, seasoned ground beef and sharp cheddar rolled into bread crumbs, and – you guessed it, deep fried.

Family Fun at the Fair

Indiana State Fair 2014 milk a real cowIf you follow me on Instagram, you can see all the fun my kids and I had at the Indiana State Fair. There is so much family fun, it’s hard to know where to start. Probably the biggest highlight for my kids was getting to milk a real cow. For my suburban kids, it was quite exciting!

Indiana State Fair Ticket Giveaway

To help your family enjoy some fun at the Indiana State Fair, and to encourage you to also participate in the Indiana’s Family of Farmers’ Recipe Trail, IFoF has provided me with 4 tickets to give away to a Chaos Is Bliss reader!

This is a quick giveaway, ending this Thursday at 11:59pm ET – so you can have plenty of days to use your free Indiana State Fair tickets before the Fair ends on August 17th!
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Want another chance to win? Visit WritRams for another Indiana State Fair ticket opportunity plus 4 meal tickets to the Indiana Pork tent!

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather H August 5, 2014 at 11:15 am

Hoping the weather holds for a trip to the fair tonight!

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Marc Roden August 5, 2014 at 11:20 am

Fried cookie dough!

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Elizabeth August 5, 2014 at 11:32 am

Seeing all the adorable animals and the quilt exhibit!

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Jennie August 5, 2014 at 11:36 am

All of the fried things! :-)

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Jen August 5, 2014 at 12:02 pm

The animals and the dairy bar!

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joanna August 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm

I love people-watching and seeing the animals! I wish the rest of my family loved it as much as I do!

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Leslie H. August 5, 2014 at 1:37 pm

We love the dairy bar, animals, and the water gun game!

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Anna Shirley August 5, 2014 at 1:43 pm

It’s my favorite time of the year! State Fair time.

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sarah August 5, 2014 at 2:28 pm

We havent made it to the fair yet but would love too!

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abby August 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm

We love the pigs and the billy goats! And lemon shakeups and crinkle fries!

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Kerri D August 5, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Love seeing the animals and all of the interactive exhibits. My daughter loves Little Hands on the Farm. Thanks for the entry

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Julie F August 5, 2014 at 5:09 pm

I love everything about the Fair that is free. We don’t do the rides or games. My new favorite is the chicken barn!

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Tiffany August 5, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Thank you for the freebies list!

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natalie August 5, 2014 at 8:15 pm

I’ve never been to the fair, but I think I’ll like the animals!

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Stacy August 6, 2014 at 12:00 am

What a great freebie list and fun for the kids! We love fair time!

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Lori August 6, 2014 at 7:30 am

We love the food and the atmosphere! So much to see and experience! With 5 kids, there is something for everyone.

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Karen August 6, 2014 at 11:19 am

I LOVE that there are so many free and fun things to do at the fair. Can’t wait to go!

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Eileen August 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Kids of every age love the fair! We spend at least an hour in the Home and Family Arts bldg.

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Nicole August 6, 2014 at 1:14 pm

I want to go see Barenaked Ladies so bad! Wait…that came out wrong…

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Leticia August 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Looking forward to checking out the new Colosseum this year!

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Kari August 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm

I can’t wait to get to the fair this year!!!! Love the Dairy Barn!

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Chris August 6, 2014 at 5:13 pm

I am going to the fair tomorrow. Can you tell me where to find the booth that sells the cheeseburger basket on a stick? Thank you!

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Chris August 6, 2014 at 5:39 pm

I forgot to say what I liked best is the Dupont Food Pavilion and the Hoosier Marketplace.

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Ellie August 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm

I’ve never been, but the food looks delicious!

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melissa August 6, 2014 at 8:34 pm

I love the fried veggies, the midway, the animals, and spending time with my family :)

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Jenny August 6, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Haven’t visited yet this year. Love the fair!

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Michelle@Gotchababy August 6, 2014 at 11:17 pm

I love learning more about Indiana and what every day people do here- from the agriculture to the arts to (new this year) the booze!

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kelly gray August 7, 2014 at 12:32 am

What I love the most is $2 Tuesdays, with a family of 6 going to the fair on any other day is expensive, these two days gives my family an affordable chance to enjoy the fair, food, rides and fun

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kristin b August 7, 2014 at 12:54 am

The food!

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Deanna August 7, 2014 at 10:19 am

I love watching my boys having fun riding the rides and seeing all of the animals. I also love the smells (of the food, that is).

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Mama Carmody August 7, 2014 at 12:45 pm

What blogging group were you with that offered the tour of the State Fair? I’m really sorry I missed that one. My followers would have enjoyed it.

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Mama Carmody August 7, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I LOVE the animals the most…everyone of them. Of course, I love the food too. Corn dogs are my favorite but King’s Fries are a close 2nd.

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Tom Coleman August 7, 2014 at 4:25 pm

The food of course. And the live animals too

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Denise Wilson August 7, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Pineapple Whip!!

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Doreen Herndon August 7, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Elephant Ears and watching the clydesdales and Percherons!!!

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Marg August 7, 2014 at 8:49 pm

I love the glass barn and fair food!

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Lucinda L August 7, 2014 at 9:08 pm

I love the fair, I go early in the morning to avoid the crowd.

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