The 2017 Indiana State Fair, running August 4th through the 20th, celebrates the Wonderful World of Food. Each day highlights a certain food, from watermelon to ice cream to eggs, and honors the local farmers that grow or raise the ingredients. In addition to eating, there are rides, great concerts, and exciting events.
Several of the 17 days offer discounts and promotions, including free or reduced-price tickets. Here is a list of the best Indiana State Fair deals.
Save money at the Midway by purchasing a voucher for a wristband in advance for only $23. You must purchase prior to Sunday, August 6 at the Indiana State Fair website and exchange the voucher for a wristband at the Midway ticket booths. Vouchers are not redeemable after 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday. The voucher does not include admission to the State Fair.
Wristbands are accepted every day except August 8th and 15th. Midway hours are 12:00 pm. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Defenders Day: August 5, 2017
ADT 24/7 Monitored Home Security will be at the Defenders booth on State Fair Blvd. on Saturday, August 5 offering information, packages, and discounts for new security systems.
IndyStar Free Admission: August 7 and 14, 2017
The IndyStar newspaper includes free admission coupons two days before their day of use. On Monday, August 7, be sure to clip the IndyStar coupon for free admission on August 9th. Also, check the paper on August 14th for another chance for free admission on the 16th!
Chevrolet Military Day: August 7, 2017
Military service men and women make huge sacrifices for our country, as do their families. In recognition of those sacrifices, the State Fair will honor our current and former members of the Armed Forces by offering free admission for them and family members on Monday, August 7, with the presentation of a military I.D., DD Form 214, or other recognized Veteran's organization membership card.
Grab your $2 bills (or more realistically, two singles) and head to the State Fair! Gate admission and all midway rides are only $2 on Tuesdays (August 8th & 15th). Plus, check out $2 menu options from all of the concessionaires.
Indiana Pork Day: August 9,2017
The Indiana Pork Farmers are offering $1 off any purchase at the pork tents with coupon (found in the daily fliers) on Wednesday, August 9. Enjoy a discount on your pork burger, which is the food celebrated today!
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles has its own discount day. Admission is 50 percent off on Thursday, August 10 when you redeem the voucher available online on the BMV's website. Don't forget to print the coupon before heading to the fairgrounds.
Ride Safe Indiana Day: August 11, 2017
If you are a motorcyclist, this is your day. On Friday, August 11, the first 100 motorcyclists to enter Gate 6 get to park on Main Street for the day.
Hoosier Lottery Day: August 12, 2017
See if luck is on your side and stop by Lotto Town at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand on Saturday, August 12 to receive a free scratch-off lottery ticket. You must be 18 or older and show proof of paid admission.
811 Day: August 13, 2017
If you are among the first 811 fairgoers to enter, you will receive a free cooler on Sunday, August 13. Courtesy of Marathon Pipeline LLC.
AAA Day: August 17, 2017
It comes in handy when you need a tow or you've run out of gas. But AAA membership also comes with a few discounts and perks, even at the State Fair. Hoosier AAA members receive free admission on Thursday, August 17 with presentation of valid membership card at the gate. One valid AAA card per person.