8 frequent Indiana State Fair questions – Indianapolis Star
From cattle barns to the midway, thereÃ¢Â€Â™s a lot of ground to cover at the Indiana State Fair. And that leads to a lot of questions.
Lesley Gordon, media and community outreach manager with the Indiana State Fair Commission, asked employees from security, reception, leadership and two fair planners to put together a list of the questions they hear most often.
They all agree the most asked question is Ã¢Â€ÂœWhere is the bathroom?Ã¢Â€Â In no particular order, here are eight questions (and answers) that get asked frequently.
1. What gate discounts are available?
There are nine discounts days and the discounts amounts vary. They include Military Day, $2 Tuesday, Seniors Day and more. New to the fair this year is College ID Day on Aug. 7. Any student with a valid college ID will be admitted free of charge.
2. Where is ____ food item?
3. WhatÃ¢Â€Â™s the best way to get to the fair?
There are several entry and parking options, all of which are detailed on the fairÃ¢Â€Â™s website and app. Gordon said taking the free shuttle from Glendale MallÃ¢Â€Â™s Rural Street lot is the best way to avoid congestion.
ThereÃ¢Â€Â™s a $1 discount for anyone who bikes to the fair.
4. When is the best time to go to the fair?
The busiest day of the fair is $2 Tuesday. If youÃ¢Â€Â™re looking to avoid crowds, the best time is mid-afternoon on weekdays other than Tuesdays.
5. Where is the largest boar and largest vegetable(s)?
The largest boar, located in the Swine Barn, is tradition at the Indiana State Fair. Best way to beat the crowds at this attraction is getting there early.
Judging for the largest gourd, tomato and watermelon starts Aug. 15 in the Home and Family Arts Building.
6. Is the fairground shuttle free?
The shuttles circling the fairground cost $1 per lap. There are free rides Aug. 11 for Seniors Day.
7. If I leave and come back, do I have to pay again?
Nope. A hand stamp on the way out will allow guests to re-enter later the same day.
8. Where is the bathroom?
This is the grandaddy of fair questions. ItÃ¢Â€Â™s unanimous that it gets asked the most.
There are restrooms in every building and portable toilets located throughout the grounds. Gordon says Ã¢Â€Âœanyone with a name tagÃ¢Â€Â can help visitors find the nearest bathroom.
Indiana State Fair
When: Through Aug. 23.
Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St.
Tickets: $12 at the gate or $9 (plus convenience fee) online.
IndyStar discount: Save the $12 admission price by picking up print edition of The Star on Monday. Inside youÃ¢Â€Â™ll find a ticket for free admission to the Indiana State Fair good for use Wednesday, Aug. 12.
Information: http://www.in.gov/statefair/fair/ (317) 927-7500.