Even with a few rainy days and schools starting earlier, the fair welcomed 907,342 guests over 17 days, the fifth-most on record. The opening Saturday set an attendance record, and the $2 Tuesday was the best in fair history. More than 70,000 people passed through the gates on four days.
The fair prides itself on education, and with 12,416 exhibitors representing nearly 45,000 displays, that tradition continues to be a priority. What better way to close the fair than by honoring the achievements of youths competing in 4-H livestock, agriculture and other events at the Celebration of Champions. The fair recognized 24 4-H youths with monetary awards totaling nearly $100,000 to honor achievement, scholarships and hard work.
Celebrating the Year of the Farmer with Dow AgroSciences was a timely recognition for the hard-working families that sacrifice to provide the food that feeds families all across this country and the world.
The celebration – wrapped in innovation, free entertainment, 10 discount days, old and new traditions and signature food – brought Hoosiers of all ages out for Indiana’s greatest agricultural showcase.