Indiana State Fair to implement updated security measures

(Photo supplied/Indiana State Fair)
There are updated security measures for this year’s Indiana State Fair.
The State Fair Commission says anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or chaperone (age 21+) to enter the fair starting at 6 pm every day. Each adult can chaperone up to six kids and must remain at the Fairgrounds while the minors are still there.
Anna Whelchel, chief marketing and sales officer of the Indiana State Fair Commission, says any bags that you bring into the fair must be 9″x10″x12″ or smaller.
“In essence, that’s a small purse or backpack. We are really trying to allow diaper bags in for families. That is still permitted, but the larger size bags will not be allowed into the fair this year,” said Whelchel.
There will be metal detectors at every entrance as well.
“It is the same metal detector technology that was used at the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We’re using it for the second year. No weapons of any kind are allowed into the fair,” said Whelchel.
The State Fair runs from July 28 through August 20. It will also be closed Mondays and Tuesdays during that time.
For a full guest code of conduct and prohibited items, go to

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Thor June 5, 2023 at 3:01 am

Anything can be a weapon.

Charles U Farley June 5, 2023 at 10:33 am

Including ball point pens or a cheap plastic spudger off Amazon… Metal detectors and bag limits will do nothing except offer the illusion of security.

🇺🇲 Adam June 5, 2023 at 9:46 am

That’s a false sense of security to be in a weapon-free zone. A nutbag criminal can always break the rules and do harm to innocent human life. The director needs to define what a weapon is. If you watch any Jackie Chan movie, he uses all kinds of objects as weapons.

I personally would feel safer if licensed concealed carry, law abiding citizens were able to be allowed into the State Fair. At least they could protect innocent life from an evil criminal that doesn’t follow the rules. 🧿

Slacker06 June 5, 2023 at 10:07 am

Bet there will be a lot of weapons in the fairgrounds. The trick is to keep the CRIMINALS out of the area, not inanimate objects.


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