INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana State Fair opens its 17-day run with a schedule including the annual high school marching band contest.
Gov. Mike Pence was expected to be on hand for an opening day celebration Friday morning at the Glass Barn at the fairgrounds on the north side of Indianapolis.
Band Day has 45 marching bands from across the state being judge on music, visual execution and general effect.
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Friday was also RTV6 Day at the fair where fans got a chance to meet and greet their favorite TV personalities.
Fairgoers looking to save $5 can take advantage of the State Fair Park & Ride service at the nearby Glendale Mall. It offers free shuttle service from Glendale Mall's Rural Street lot, where visitors can also park for free, to the fairgrounds. Shuttles run every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day of the fair.
Fun for Kids
Kids of all ages were able to show off their hard work. From high schoolers in marching bands to young 4H members, fairgoers were able to cheer on the kids who worked hard to get to the State Fair.
The Midway will be open until midnight. A wristband for unlimited rides until 10 p.m. costs $25.
The Glass Barn is the idea of the Indiana Soybean Alliance, a group representing Indiana's bean farmers. The purpose is to teach city-dwellers everything about what a farm family goes through such as financial challenges, the weather and the markets.
Visitors can connect with farm families via iPad once each day.
The world's largest popcorn ball was set to be unveiled at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday. The ball weighs about 5,200 pounds.
Indiana FFA Country Market
The Indiana FFA Country Market is where fairgoers can shop for products made in Indiana. The market has everything from candy, soy candles, garden products and popcorn in every color and flavor.
One FFA representative said it was critical to promote products made in Indiana for agro-tourism and there was no better place to promote products made in Indiana than the Indiana State Fair.
The Ice Show will have performances daily at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The show is for the entire family to enjoy. Performers are professional ice skaters from the United States and Russia. There will be jumps, spins, back flips and acrobatics in each performance.
The ice is real, despite the August weather. The ice rink is formed with 8,000 pounds of crushed ice followed by applications of water throughout the night with the help of compressors.