Indiana State Fair kicks off Friday, plans thrill rides and unusual foods over 17 days

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana State Fair is about to start its 17-day run with its annual complement of thrill rides and unusual foods, along with numerous events marking “The Year of the Farmer.”

Activities begin Friday at the Indianapolis fairgrounds and run through Aug. 23. A different farm operator will be recognized each day.

David Lash grows corn and soybeans in northern Indiana’s Kosciusko County and will be spotlighted Aug. 14. Lash tells The Journal Gazette he’s honored to represent family farmers and talk with fairgoers.

The fair is expanding alcohol options by allowing liquor sales during five ticketed concerts at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

Fair spokeswoman Lesley Gordon tells WTHR-TV there were no problems last year as beer and wine was sold during the fair for the first time since 1946.

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