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July 2018

2018 Indiana State Fair

Step right up! The circus is coming to the Indiana State Fair, Aug. 3-19.

To celebrate Indiana’s strong circus heritage, the Big Top Circus will perform three times each day at the Indiana State Fair. These shows, featuring talented trapeze artists, clowns and acrobats are free to ticketed fairgoers.

Along with the circus, dozens of other shows and competitions are on the schedule. The Chevrolet Free Stage will host a concert each evening, including performances by Rick Springfield, Kool and the Gang, and Randy Houser. Other activities, like a tractor pull, demolition derby and hot air balloon race, can be seen at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand. To view the full schedule of events and exhibitions, click here.

Hundreds of 4-H projects from all 92 counties will be on display. Visitors can stroll through the livestock barns, past rows of horses, cows and other animals that exhibitors have spent months caring for. In the 4-H exhibit halls, other student projects, like cake decorating and woodworking can be admired.

For the second year, guests can get a birds-eye view of the Indiana State Fair on the Subaru Skyride. Reaching 35 feet in the air, the aerial chair lift glides past the lights of the midway, the length of the grandstand and countless vendors offering delicious food.

There are over a dozen new foods to try at the Indiana State Fair, including a deep fried chicken waffle sandwich and a birthday cake shake. These and all of the traditional fair foods will be up for grabs.

If you’re planning on going, make sure to check out the promotional days and deals. Days dedicated to military personnel, first responders and other causes give guests the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets. To view a full list of Indiana State Fair ticket deals, click here.

Make the most of this once a year opportunity and experience the best of Indiana. Check out IndianaStateFair.com for more information.

*Photo attributed to the Indiana State Fair

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Majority of Indiana schools to receive hand-held metal detectors

As the summer break winds down, parents are gathering school supplies for their children, teachers are organizing their classrooms and Indiana schools are making some safety improvements due in part to a new state initiative.

Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Administration are offering hand-held metal detectors to schools at no cost. Traditional public, charter and accredited non-public schools can receive one device for every 250 students. This lets local officials determine how to best utilize the hand-held metal detectors at their schools.

So far, nearly 80 percent of the state’s public schools have requested detectors. These schools will begin receiving the devices by mid-August. Schools still wanting to participate will get their equipment later in the fall. To find out more, click here.

The hand-held metal detectors can be used at school entrances, sporting events and other locations to improve security. These tools are part of a bigger initiative to strengthen school safety, giving school officials the resources to provide a safe learning environment for Hoosier students.

Indiana lawmakers also appropriated an additional $5 million to the Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Fund used to train safety specialists, hire school resource officers and improve building security. This funding is in addition to the nearly $45 million in state grants awarded to local districts for safety upgrades.

For more information on Indiana’s school safety resources, click here.

 

New Online Resources for Hoosier Parents

A new, interactive website for Hoosier parents provides resources and tools to help give children the best learning experience, both at home and at daycare.

BrighterFuturesIndiana.org offers activities and other daily exercises crafted for specific ages. These lessons, covering a range of subjects, help parents encourage their little ones to reach important developmental milestones.

Parents can gauge their child’s progress using the developmental milestone lists. Whether it’s a child’s first laugh at four months or starting kindergarten at five, Brighter Futures Indiana offers helpful materials and tips on creating a positive and beneficial learning environment.

Brighter Futures Indiana lists local childcare options, both after-school programs and in-home care for Indiana families to consider. Its detailed descriptions and tools, like the Child Care Finder, help parents locate a childcare facility that best fits their family’s personal needs. The website also shares information on how to apply for financial assistance programs like the Child Care Development Fund  voucher program, On My Way Pre-K and other statewide programs.

In addition to the online resources, Hoosiers can receive education ideas on their phone through Bloom Bright texts and on the Brighter Futures Indiana weekly blog.

To access these resources and more, visit brighterfuturesindiana.org

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