Indiana State Fair kicks off in grand style

Tommi Derado holds onto a balloon before the hot air balloon race at the Indiana State Fair, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Indianapolis. The fair runs through, Sunday, Aug. 19th. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana State Fair is set to begin with its annual extravaganza of food, farm animals, amusement rides and entertainers.

Gov. Eric Holcomb plans to take part in Friday morning’s opening ceremony at the state fairgrounds in Indianapolis to start the fair’s 17-day run through Aug. 19. Organizers are hoping for a repeat of last year’s string of dry, sunny days that helped boost attendance to nearly 907,000 people.

This year’s theme is “Step Right Up” in recognition of three-time daily circus show that’s been added under a big-top tent.

Visitors will face added security measures, with metal detectors at each pedestrian entrance. Items such as aerosol cans, balloons, lasers and noisemakers are joining weapons as being specifically prohibited on the fairgrounds.

For more information on the Indiana State Fair, including concerts and events, click here.

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