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 for more information.

*Photo attributed to the Indiana State Fair