As August kicks off, many realize school is only two weeks away. Some are enjoying the fleeting peace of doing nothing, and some might be looking for one last chance for a summer adventure.
Rebecca Speaker, one of the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair board directors, said there were many things offered that drew people to the Bartholomew County Fair in Indiana, which ran from July 6 to July 14.
As the fair bustles with excitement, the midway is undoubtedly the center of the night. The place will be lit up with blinking colors on amusement rides and carnival tents, which could be a perfect background for some cool Instagram pictures.
The midway is an area where carnival games, rides and food booths cluster. Don’t be ashamed if you’re sandwiched between kids half your height when you're in line for the rides. The key to getting through the crowded midway area at fairs is to own it.
Fairs in the Hoosier state are never lacking when it comes to presenting their Midwestern side. In addition to showcases of barn animals, visitors at the Indiana State Fair can also see demonstrations of farm activities such as such as sheep shearing, cow milking and the hatching of chickens.
“I was surprised at the effort and strategy drivers used to be the last one running,” Piers said. “The announcer had funny quips. The safety and environmental precautions were interesting to notice, too. I would definitely recommend it to other people. It’s a part of Midwestern culture.”
Every fair has something special. For example, the Indiana State Fair has circus performances every day at set times, and it’s free with paid fair admission. Other fairs also feature live music and concerts, so it's important to check the lineup and schedule before planning your trip.
Food is often the sole purpose of the trip to fairs, and the amount of food offered can be overwhelming. One can find ethnic food such as Filipino, Chinese and Mexican food, along with BBQ, grilled cheese and an assortment of baked goods and desserts. Though all the different food is enticing, remember not to eat too much before you get on rides, for the sake of yourself as well as for whoever rotates with you in the sealed ride compartments.
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