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Op-ed: Indiana State Fair starts July 30, closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Indiana State Fair starts July 30, closed Mondays and Tuesdays

By State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg)

As an active member of the Indiana State Fair Advisory Committee and chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, I am excited for the State Fair to start this week.

This year, the Indiana State Fair will run from Friday, July 30 through Sunday, Aug. 22 and will be open Wednesdays through Sundays. Unfortunately, Indiana State Fair organizers felt it would be in the public's best interest to close the State Fair on Mondays and Tuesdays.

I strongly disagree with the position organizers have taken, as I believe this will have a negative impact across the board. What is the benefit of being closed for two days? The impact on 4-H participants as well as those who take part in open shows have not yet been determined by the Monday and Tuesday closures, but I am personally concerned that people will go to the fair and not be aware of closures.

As the old saying goes, "the show must go on." I encourage residents living in Senate District 42 to make the trip to Indianapolis to support 4-H kids, farmers and vendors from across the state.

Tickets are available for advance purchase online or at the gate for $13 Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Below are five dates when admission is reduced.

Wednesday, Aug. 4
$6 gate admission with printed or digital voucher from IN.GOV/BMV

Thursday, Aug. 5 / Aug. 12 / Aug. 19
$3 gate admission, $3 midway rides and $3 food options at each food stand

Wednesday, Aug. 11
A FREE ticket to the Fair on Aug. 11 will be included in the Aug. 9 edition of the IndyStar

Wednesday, Aug. 18
AAA cardholders receive FREE admission with a valid AAA membership card presented at the gate, one valid card per person

Friday, Aug. 20
First responders, current and former Military, and their families receive FREE admission with valid ID presented at the gate

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the Indiana State Fair, email me at