Year of the Coliseum
It’s an incredible combination of old and new! A sparkling double-decked seating bowl; an overhead LED video scoreboard synced up with an 800-foot ribbon board; a state-of-the-art sound system; an open concessions area with arena views… all inside a rejuvenated 1939 classic art deco outer shell. The grand Fairgrounds Coliseum is back! Following an 18-month, $63 million dollar renovation, the Coliseum will once again be the heart of the State Fair hosting Draft horse competitions, livestock shows, the Champion Drive, the Celebration of Champions and several headline concerts. Click Here for a complete listing of Coliseum events.
Free Entertainment in Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park
MHS Presents Flippenout Extreme Trampoline Show – Trampoline tricks are not for the faint of heart! The athletes in the Flippenout Extreme Trampoline Show reach heights as high as 25 feet as they flip and twist… they even jump with skis and snowboards strapped to their feet! This high-energy, synchronized show has been featured in stadiums and arenas all over the country and stops at the fair for three daily performances in the Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park all 17 days of the fair.
Freestyle Madness BMX Stunt Show – Solution Action Sports brings its high-flying, handlebar-twisting, 360-degree flipping BMX athletes to the State Fair for 10 days of heart-pounding tricks. The group performs three shows daily in the Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park Aug. 1 – 10.
K9 Crew Trick Dog Show – Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? The dogs of the K9 Crew Trick Dog Show have all kinds of tricks to show fairgoers during six shows over two days. Tony Hoard and his canines gained national fame when they performed on “America’s Got Talent.” Now they take their tricks around the country to NBA arenas and other prominent events. They’ll be in the Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park for four shows Aug. 11 and two more shows Aug. 12.
Kachunga & the Alligator – After 25 years of successfully entertaining audiences around the world, this fun and informative show comes to the fair for its final five days. Kachunga & the Alligator began in an attempt to educate people about the American alligator. The show certainly does that, but it also uses humor and dangerous stunts to keep kids of all ages riveted through each performance. The show will be in the Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park three times daily Aug. 13 – 17.
National Belgian Draft Horse Show
After 54 years in Iowa, the National Belgian Draft Horse Show is coming to the Indiana State Fair Aug. 14 – 16. The Belgian Draft Horse Corporation of America, the premier Draft horse breed registry in the country, decided to bring the show to Indianapolis due in part to the renovation of the Coliseum. The show is free and open to the public.
Indiana State Fair Hot Air Balloon Launch
One of the most anticipated events of the fair, the Hot Air Balloon Launch has moved from the middle of the fair to opening day! More than a dozen colorful hot air balloons will lift off from the Fairgrounds Infield and fill the Indianapolis sky bright and early on Friday, Aug. 1. The launch used to take place on opening day before the fair expanded to 17 days in 2009. The move returns a little more pageantry to the fair’s opening day festivities.
The Gantry Show
It’s a travelling circus – literally! The Gantry Show is a self-contained, portable, theatrical circus that features talented traditional circus acts while the apparatuses they perform on are in motion. The performance structure moves on an innovative pedal-driven 22’ high stage-like mechanical apparatus showcasing multiple aerial and ground acts such as contortion, Chinese poles and trapeze. Fairgoers can find this circus moving around the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand Side Lot Aug. 1 – 12.
ShenaniGuns! Comedy Wild West Show
Sheriff Hoppalong Casually and Deputy Leon Jones ride into the State Fair with their Wild West Town ready to make fairgoers fall over laughing. This fast-paced, old-time comedy show features lots of one-liners, sight gags and general silliness that will entertain kids and parents alike. ShenaniGuns will perform three shows daily in the Family Fun Park.
Great American Duck Race
If it walks, talks and quacks like a duck, it must be the Great American Duck Race! This fun show has more to do with corny duck jokes (that can be a little fowl) and audience participation than incredibly athletic web-footed creatures, but the bottom line is fun for everyone. There will be four racing events each day of the fair in the Family Fun Park. No wagering, please.
Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant
A traditional part of the fair since 1958, the Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant will no longer take place during the actual run of the fair. Instead, county fair queens from around Indiana will compete for the title of “Miss Indiana State Fair” in January following the fair. The next competition takes place Jan. 2 – 4, 2015 at the State Fairgrounds. This is the same weekend as the Indiana Association of Fairs' annual convention. The move was made to reduce the stress of participants who are also dealing with the start of school and to better accommodate the county queens on the fairgrounds by having more facility space to conduct the contest and house the participants. Indiana County queens will be invited to participate in County Queens Day at the fair on Sunday, Aug. 10.
Music Travel Consultants State Fair Band Day
After decades of being part of the fair’s opening day festivities, the marching band contest moves to the fair’s first Saturday, Aug. 2. The move to Saturday, at the request of band directors, could allow more schools to participate and will keep students from missing a day of school where schools are already in session. There should also be fewer conflicts for parents and fans. Preliminaries begin at 9 a.m. and the finals are scheduled for 8 p.m.
Indiana State Fair App Map
The popular Indiana State Fair mobile application has been updated with a new mapping feature for a better user experience. Available for both iOS and Android phones, the new app map allows users to see exactly where they are in relation to the fairgrounds and, more specifically, a listing of fair food booths and attractions (as long as the user’s GPS is turned “on”). Users should find this extremely convenient to locate the best parking options as well as knowing which way to travel to find a favorite food, exhibit or event.
Celebration of Champions
The Indiana State Fair Celebration of Champions is the new name for the Celebration Awards held in 2013 (which replaced the Sale of Champions before that). The event will recognize youth at the Great Indiana State Fair through a transformative gala and monetary awards that celebrate achievement, scholarship, and hard work. This event will take place on Saturday, August 9th at 12:45pm in the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
Indiana State Fair Vet Camp
Hosted by Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, this program is designed for future veterinarians. Pre-registered participants in grades 6 - 12 get to experience a wide variety of practical veterinary duties and procedures, including reading x-rays, examining microscopic samples and suturing. The camp runs August 1 - 10 in conjunction with the Spa/Neuter demonstrations on the Fairgrounds' north side near the Greenhouse.
The Hoosier Millionaire 25th Anniversary Show
The Indiana State Fair is hoping that a lucky visitor will leave the fair $1 million richer! On Saturday, August 16, the Hoosier Lottery returns its "Hoosier Millionaire" show to the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand with two live shows, one at 3pm and another at 6pm. One person in the audience will be chosen randomly at the 3pm show to play with other pre-selected contestants for the chance to go on the 6pm finale to play for up to $1 million!