Resources available at the Indiana State Fair

Resources available at the Indiana State Fair

Friday, August 9, 2019

If you visit the Indiana State Fair, which runs through Aug. 18, state agencies are available to provide a variety of useful resources for Hoosiers.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), located in the Exposition Hall, is offering health trainings, educational presentations, games and other activities designed to promote a healthy lifestyle.

To help address Indiana's opioid epidemic, staff members are educating Hoosiers about the risk of opioids and how to safely dispose of unused prescriptions. The ISDH is also providing information about prevention, treatment and recovery options, and will distribute free, at-home kits for the safe disposal of any unused medications.

If you plan on visiting the State Fair Saturday, Aug. 10, or Sunday, Aug. 11, attendees will be able to purchase copies of birth and death certificates from the ISDH Vital Records Division. Individuals should bring a driver’s license or other photo identification as well as a check for $10 to obtain a certificate.

Click here for more health and safety information provided by the ISDH.

On Tuesday’s, the Indiana Secretary of State sponsors “$2 Tuesdays,” where attendees pay $2 for admission, rides and various food specials. Staff members will also be stationed on State Fair Boulevard to register Hoosiers to vote.

To view the full list of State Fair deals, click here.

Additionally, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering several free educational presentations on Indiana’s wildlife at the Natural Resources Building on the north side of the fairgrounds, including “Indiana Box Turtles” and “Living with Wildlife.”

DNR staff are also located at the Pathway to Water Quality exhibit, a model watershed that shows how land “sheds” excess water and what that means for Hoosiers. Presentations will be offered on topics including water quality, conservation and aquatic invasive species.

A fun, interactive activity for the whole family is the DNR Fishin' Pond, where children ages 5 to 17 have the opportunity to fish for free and learn about Indiana’s fish with the help of DNR volunteers.

Click here for more information on the DNR at the State Fair.

For more information on the State Fair and to view a full calendar of events, click here.