A Hoosier Tradition Comes to a Standstill

Shelby Simons

The Indiana State Fair is an annual celebration of all things Indiana, presenting exhibits, food, entertainment, and animals that represent the state of the Hoosiers. Usually held August 7th through September 5th, the State Fair was among one of the many joys of the summer season. Unfortunately for this year, the festivals and gatherings were cancelled, due to the worldwide illness inviting itself into our daily lives. The difficult decision was 100 percent based on Indiana’s impact with Covid-19.

“Unfortunately, key elements including vendors and partners of the fair began to fall and so we pivoted, and found a way to still serve our communities,” announced Brad Chambers, chairman for the Indiana State Fair Commission.

“Safety is our number one priority. Agriculture and youth are the foundation of our mission and the heartbeat of the Indiana State Fair, so we are determined and proud to honor our 4-H members with a version of that state fair experience that allows Indiana’s youth to be recognized for their dedication and hard work,” said Cindy Hoye, executive director of the Indiana State Fair Commission.

Individuals who bought tickets for this year’s activities have the option to either carry over tickets for next year, or receive a full refund.

This is not the first time the Indiana State Fair was modified or didn’t occur. During the Civil War and WWII, the fairgrounds were used as support for the war effort.

The Indiana State Fair will be opened and ready for visitors August 6th through the 22nd next year.