For more than 165 years, generations of families have enjoyed the Indiana State Fair. From Aug. 2-18, this annual Hoosier tradition will again offer a vast number of activities for all ages to enjoy.

This year, the fair will focus on everyday Heroes of the Heartland whose exceptional commitment and caring enrich our lives without the benefit of capes, costumes or superpowers. These farmers, teachers, law officers, firefighters and members of the Armed Forces are our support and our strength. Click here to submit a photo of your Hoosier hero and to find the schedule of the fair’s cultural heroes.

For fans of comic-book super heroes, you can check out the Super City: Where Heroes Unite! interactive exhibit. Each day, a different super hero from either DC or Marvel comics will be available for daily meet and greets at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. A super hero virtual reality experience will also be available.

The Free Stage will feature a variety of musical acts including Ace Freely of Kiss, Air Supply, KC & The Sunshine Band, and Boyz II Men. The Hoosier Lottery Grandstand will also provide plenty of entertainment with a mixture of free and charged admission events. An illuminated tractor parade, hot air balloon launch, and traditional events like the high school band and cheerleading competitions, along with the tractor pull and rodeo are sure to be crowd pleasers.

Click here to check out other shows and competitions on the schedule.

There are over a dozen new foods to try this year, including bacon poutine, bison hush puppies and the trifecta hero dreamsicle.

If you’re planning to visit the Indiana State Fair, be 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. Click here to view a full list of Indiana State Fair ticket deals.

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*Photo attributed to the Indiana State Fair