Indiana State Fair

Indiana Farm Bureau Building - Indiana State Fairgrounds
August 2 - 18

Indiana Farm Bureau has had a presence at the Indiana State Fair for over 50 years. Farm Bureau volunteers and staff help educate the over 700,000 fair visitors about Hoosier farmers, agriculture and where their food, fuel and fiber come from at our unique and interactive exhibits. Stop by the Farm Bureau building any day during the fair to learn more about Indiana farms and agribusiness professionals, play games, enjoy a sample of Indiana popcorn grown by our Farm Bureau members and have an opportunity to become an Indiana Farm Bureau member.

The 2019 Indiana State Fair takes place August 2 through 18 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Events Center in Indianapolis. Daily gate and building hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Farm Bureau Building is located on the north side of the fairgrounds just inside gate 12 and is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Ag Fact Adventure:  The Ag Fact Adventure game lets participants search for agricultural facts throughout the Farm Bureau Building to earn a prize. Facts cover a variety of topics like farm technology, household products and food production.
  • Barn Theater: The Farm Bureau Building will feature a “Barn Theater” wall showing videos of farmers and ag professionals across Indiana. The videos will showcase white corn, boer goat, draft horse, grain, hay and sheep farmers; and other ag professionals such as a high school ag teacher/FFA sponsor, equipment salesperson and graphic designer/blogger.
  • Free popcorn: INFB will serve free popcorn every day from 12 noon to 5 p.m. in the Farm Bureau Building. Guests also can enter a drawing to win free popcorn for a year (400 bags of microwavable popcorn). Popcorn is courtesy of Preferred Popcorn in Palmyra, Indiana.
  • Matching Game: A new matching game will make its debut in the Farm Bureau Building this year. The new exhibit encourages children to match the farm product with the consumer product that it is made out of, which is meant to teach children about the agricultural products that make up everyday items.

This year marks INFB’s 100th anniversary. To educate fairgoers about INFB’s rich history, INFB has created a new display which highlights the major milestones of the organization since 1919. In addition:

  • INFB has partnered with People’s Brewing in West Lafayette to brew a beer made with ingredients from Indiana farms. The beer, named 100th Harvest, is produced as a honey wheat ale and can be found in the state fair beer garden. Fairgoers can receive additional information about the product in the Farm Bureau Building. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Farm Bureau Foundation.
  • Annual event, Taste from Indiana Farms, hosted by the INFB Women’s Leadership Committee, will take place August 13 through 15 in the Farm Bureau Building auditorium from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. At this free event, volunteers will pass out food samples that contain ingredients grown on Indiana farms. This year, a variety of new commodities will be available for visitors to sample, and new this year attendees may also participate in live food demonstrations and an experimentation station.

INFB also sponsors two events designed to showcase Indiana’s farm animals:

  • Animal Town, presented by INFB, is a daily exhibit featuring several species of animals such as beef and dairy cattle, chickens, goats, draft horses, llamas, rabbits, sheep and swine. This exhibit serves as an interactive, educational opportunity for fairgoers to see their favorite Indiana farm animals up close and learn a little about them. Animal Town is located at the east end of the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand and is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The Supreme Drive's purpose is to recognize the best breeding stock Indiana has to offer by selecting the supreme 4-H breeding ewes, dairy females and gilts. The event is held in the Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Sunday, August 11 beginning at 4 p.m.