It’s that time of year again: when all food is deep fried, carnival rides are rampant and animals are on parade. I’m talking about the Indiana State Fair. The BLASTmedia team headed out to the historic State Fair Grounds this week, and didn’t hold back.
To celebrate our annual trip, here are a few fun facts you might not have known about the Indiana State Fair:
- The largest one-day crowd in State Fair history was Saturday, August 14, 2004 when 117,912 people passed through the gates.
- The Indiana State Fair is the 6th oldest State Fair in the country, originating in 1852.
- In 1964, the Beatles performed in the Pepsi Coliseum and in the Marsh Grandstand, which were their only performances in Indiana. Tickets ranged for $3-5 and attendance reached 30,000 over two sold out shows.
- The first automobile to record a 60-mph speed was driven in June 1903 by Barney Oldfield on the Fairgrounds track.
- Famous Fairgrounds visitors include Muhammad Ali, Bob Hope, the Beatles, John Phillip Sousa, Sonny & Cher, the Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, John Mellencamp, President John F. Kennedy, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, President Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
ALSO, nearly every year at the Indiana State Fair, we consume approximately:
- 14,000 pounds of pork chops
- 14,285 pounds of hot dogs
- 56,000 rib eye steaks
- 37,160 milkshakes
- 20,000 dips of ice cream
- 10,459 Deep Fried Snickers
- 4,350 pounds of Weaver popcorn
- 3,360 pounds of smoked sausage
Want to schedule your trip to the State Fair before it’s too late? Visit the Indiana State Fairgrounds online to purchase tickets and take a look at the entertainment schedule.