The first Indiana State Fair was held back in 1852 in downtown Indianapolis’ Military Park. It moved to its current fairgrounds site forty years later in 1892. Although it initially began as an attempt to build up agricultural participation and support (and still maintains some of those trappings), the Indiana State Fair has grown to become a larger celebration of the state itself over the years.
This tour specifically highlights the unique architecture of several of the structures out at the fairgrounds. While everyone goes for the animals, food, and rides, you can get an even richer experience if you look closely at the buildings. Discover Indiana invites you to take a journey to the Indiana State Fair to learn the history of the grounds themselves and detailed information about the buildings that house the annual fan-favorite activities!
Please keep in mind that each tour is by no means a comprehensive list of sites in Indiana related to each theme. Please be respectful of private property lines when visiting each of these sites.