The newest building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds will be called the Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Aug. 6 for the structure, a $50 million, 197,000-square-foot, multiuse facility that will replace the almost century-old Swine Barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center.
“Indiana Farm Bureau is a strong supporter of youth engagement and education across our state,” said Randy Kron, INFB president. “I can think of no better place to educate the next generation about agriculture than at the new Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion. Farm Bureau and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance are proud to be a part of this great day.”
The Swine Barn is the last of the fairgrounds’ major livestock buildings to be renovated, said Cindy Hoye, Indiana State Fair Commission executive director. Once the renovation is complete, it will “help us bring even more compelling events, including large sporting events, to Indiana,” she explained.
“We couldn’t be more grateful to Governor Holcomb, the Indiana General Assembly, and our corporate partner, Indiana Farm Bureau, for supporting this transformational project,” Hoye added.
The state fair commission aims to attract a variety of events to the pavilion, which is already slated to host the 2025 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championship. Construction will start after this year’s fair and will be completed in time for the 2023 Indiana State Fair. The new facility will be under construction during the 2022 Indiana State Fair, but plans are underway to host the Indiana State Fair 4-H and open swine shows in another location on the grounds.