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Patrons at the Indiana State Fair ride the fair train on the grounds Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indiana State Fair: Concerts, beer, wine and parades
Posted on Aug. 1, 2014 at 6:23 a.m.

If you feel the Elkhart County 4-H Fair ended too soon, you can take a drive down to the Indiana State Fair, which begins Friday, Aug. 1, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. The 17-day event will feature a variety of events, such as a hot air balloon launch and the Hoosier Millionaire anniversary show. Keep an eye (and ear) out if you make it to this year’s fair.

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pitbull, Hunter Hayes and more

There will be a number of big acts performing at the Indiana State Fair this year, from southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd to rapper Pitbull. Ticket prices are as low as $25 to as high as $75.

There are also a number of performers on the free concert stage, including country musician Dustin Lynch and Grammy-nominated Canadian rockers the Barenaked Ladies. All of the shows are free with paid admission to the fair.

Wine and beer to be sold at the state fair for the first time in a while

There will be four breweries and four wineries featured at the fair’s inaugural Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition, marking the first time alcohol will be served on fairgrounds since 1946. Visitors will be able to purchase glasses of wine or beer and talk to the distributors.

Daily parades down Main Street of the Fair

There will be daily parades that will travel down the Main Street of the Fair at 1 p.m. on Aug. 8 and at 6:40 p.m. every other evening. The parades will feature music, costumed characters, antique trailers and more.

Open Car Show

There will be an open car show along Main Street at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, where you can admire a selection of classic cars, hot rods and Corvettes.

You can find more information about the Indiana State Fair and its attractions on the event’s website.