Calendar of Events – Fair2018-07-25T13:42:56+00:00

Fair Calendar of Events

Every Day of the Fair

Every Day Attractions & Exhibits

Opening Weekend

1st Friday
1st Saturday
1st Sunday

Mid-Fair

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

Closing Weekend

2nd Friday
2nd Saturday
2nd Sunday

Calendar of Events

NOTE – Below you  will find the 2018 calendar. Please check back in May for the updated calendar!

Below you will find a daily lineup / calendar for hours of operation, special discounts, key events, special features & more! This page doesn’t offer a comprehensive list of everything that is happening at the fair, but should give you a good overview of the main attractions. We will post our fair program on this page in early June with the complete scheduled lineup!

NOTE – If you are looking for fairgrounds events outside of fair time, please click here!

Every Day Attractions & Exhibits

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday
Gates & Midway – 5p – 11p
Exhibit Buildings – 5p – 9p

Saturday & Sunday
Gates & Midway – 12p – 11p
Exhibit Buildings – 12p – 9p

Special Discounts

Check the daily lineups below!

Featured Buildings & Areas

Certain locations around the fairgrounds have activity & exhibits every day! Here is an overview of the areas and what you will find in them!

  • The Midway – This signature attraction lights up the night sky and the smiling faces of kids and adults alike! The midway is open during all hours of the fair and often has ride discounts available. See the daily lineup below for daily specials!
  • Fair Concessionaires – Perhaps the most iconic part of the fair – THE FOOD – Our concessionaires serve up all the traditional fair fare to satisfy your palette!
  • Park Stage – Serving as the epicenter for fair music, talent and entertainment… the Park Stage hosts a variety of acts each day!
  • The Marketplace – This air-conditioned building features local business exhibits, cash & carry items and a sit-down cafe.
  • Family Arts Building – Also air-conditioned, this building hosts competitions and family artistry for all aspiring to be “the best in Marion County” at what they do!
  • Baird Petting Zoo & Pony Rides – Located inside and on the front lawn of the 4H Community Building, this interactive area allows you to meet some wonderful farm and exotic animals! Feed bags and pony rides are available for purchase!
  • 4-H Exhibit Hall – This building showcases the hard work and talent of Marion County 4-H Youth, with projects ranging from science to photography and everything in between! Projects selected to move on to the State Fair competition will be featured!
  • 4-H Arts & Crafts – The arts & craft projects of the Marion County 4-H Youth call this building home! Browse clothing designs, knitting & crochet, paintings, pottery and more in this building!
  • Poultry Barn – A variety of poultry species will be on display throughout the fair.

Friday, June 15

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 5p – 11p
Exhibit Buildings – 5p – 9p

Special Discounts

Midway Rides – Unlimited for $25

Friday, June 15 Lineup

Opening night of the fair is always special! Its the night we crown our new Queen and cap the evening with a fireworks celebration! Our special features Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel & the Bear Hollow Chainsaw Carving Demos will offer multiple performances throughout the night as well! Learn all about these special features here!

Time

Location

Event

5 – 9 Family Arts Circle City Bike Display
5:30 – 6:30 Park Stage RC Blues Band
6 – 7 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo
6:30 – 7 Plaza Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel
7 – 7:15 Coliseum Fair Opening Ceremonies
7 – 7:30 Family Arts Husband / Wife Calling Contest
7 – 9 Coliseum Queen & Princess Pageant
7 – 9 Park Stage Wayne Ellis Watson (Blues Music)
7 – 10 Grandstands Supercross Racing ($5 Admission)
7 – 10 Midway RadioNow 100.9 LIVE Broadcast
7 – 10 Midway Hot 96.3 LIVE Broadcast
7 – 10 Midway La Grande 105.1 LIVE Broadcast
8 – 9 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo
9 – 9:30 Plaza Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel
10 – 10:30 Feature Lawn Fireworks by Circle City Pyrotechnics

Saturday, June 16

MetroPCS Kid’s Day

Thank you to our title sponsor of the day – MetroPCS

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Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 12p – 11p
Exhibit Buildings – 12p – 9p

Special Discounts

Midway Rides – Unlimited for $25

Saturday, June 16 Lineup

By popular demand we’ve expanded our Kids’ Day Festivities to both Saturdays! Thanks to MetroPCS for their sponsorship that helped make this possible! We also host the WHMB TV-40 Gospel Music Festival! Our special features Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel, Elite Performance K9s (sponsored by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care) & the Bear Hollow Chainsaw Carving Demos will offer multiple performances throughout the day/night as well! Learn all about these special features here!

Time

Location

Event

10 – 3 Off-Site
@ Church Brothers
751 N Shadeland Ave
Car Show – The fair is sharing support for the Church Brothers Car Show and its efforts to raise money for the Gary Dudley Memorial Scholarship Foundation to benefit families of fallen officers.
12 – 2 4-H Exhibit Hall Poultry BBQ Contest Judging
12 – 2 Coliseum Cheerleading Competition
12 – 7 Horse Arena 4-H Horse Show (English Jumping & Versatility)
12 – 8 Poultry Barn Open Class Poultry Show
12 – 9 Family Arts Hobby R/C Family Fun Experience
1 – 2 Park Stage Daniel Lusk (Magician)
2 – 2:30 Park Stage Superheroes (Spider-Hero & Bat-Heroine)
2 – 3 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo
2 – 6 Livestock Barn Open Class Swine Show
2:30 – 3 Plaza Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel
3 – 3:30 Family Arts Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest
sponsored by Waterman’s Farm Market
3 – 3:45 Park Stage Princesses (Snow Queen & Snow Princess)
3:30 – 4 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care
3:30 – 5 4-H Exhibit Hall 4-H Fashion Review
3:45 – 4:15 Park Stage Joyful Noise Homeschool Show Choir
4 – 5 Marketplace Princesses & Superheroes Meet & Greet
4 – 5 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo
4 – 6 Main Street Daniel Lusk (Close-Up Magic)
5 – 5:30 Plaza Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel
5 – 9 Coliseum Gospel Music Fest
presented by WHMB TV-40
5:30 – 6 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care
5:30 – 6:30 Park Stage Carly Brooke (Country Music)
6 – 7 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo
6 – 7 Family Arts Battle of the Couples
6:30 – 7 Plaza Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel
7 – 9 Park Stage Linda Smith Band (Blues/Rock/Country)
7 – 10 Grandstands Truck Drag Racing ($5 admission)
7 – 10 Midway RadioNow 100.9 LIVE Broadcast
7:30 – 8 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care
8 – 9 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo
9 – 9:30 Plaza Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel

Sunday, June 17

Father’s Day Celebration

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 12p – 11p
Exhibit Buildings – 12p – 9p

Special Discounts

Gate Admission – $2 off for all men in honor of Father’s Day

Sunday, June 17 Lineup

Time

Location

Event

12 – 2 Cattle Barn Stage Junior Talent Show (Ages 12 & under)
12:30 – 1:30 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo
1 – 7 Horse Arena 4-H Horse Show (Western Pleasure & Horsemanship)
1:30 – 2 Plaza Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel
2 – 3 Park Stage Daniel Lusk (Magician)
2:30 – 3 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care
3 – 3:30 Family Arts Father Calling Contest
sponsored by Lewis Jewelers
3 – 4 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo
3 – 4 Park Stage Nicole Bridgens (Country/Rock Vocals)
4 – 4:30 Plaza Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel
4 – 8 Grandstands Horse & Pony Pull
5 – 5:30 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care
5:30 – 6:30 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo
5 – 6:30 Park Stage Rural Route 3 (Country/Rock Band)
6 – 8 Cattle Barn Stage Senior Talent Show (Ages 13 – 21)
6:30 – 7 Plaza Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel
7:15 – 9:15 Park Stage 45 RPMs (60s Rock Band)
7:30 – 8 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care
8 – 9 Coliseum Lawn Chainsaw Carving Demo

Monday, June 18

Senior Night

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 5p – 11p
Exhibit Buildings – 5p – 9p

Special Discounts

Gate Admission – $1 off for those age 55+ in honor of Senior Night
Midway Rides – $1 per ride

Monday, June 18 Lineup

Time

Location

Event

5 – 9 Horse Arena 4-H Horse Show (Halter Showmanship, Trail & Western I)
6 – 8 4-H Exhibit Hall 4-H Public Speaking Demo & Contest
6:30 – 7 Plaza Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel
7 – 7:30 Family Arts Box It Up Recipe Contest
7 – 9 Park Stage Karma 3.0 (80s Rock Band)
7 – 9 Cattle Barn Stage Adult Talent Show (Ages 22 & up)
9 – 9:30 Plaza Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel

Tuesday, June 19

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 5p – 11p
Exhibit Buildings – 5p – 9p

Special Discounts

Midway Rides – Unlimited for $25

Tuesday, June 19 Lineup

Time

Location

Event

5 – 7 Horse Arena 4-H Horse Show (Contesting)
5 – 9 Family Arts Indiana Beekeepers Display / Demos
5:30 – 6:45 Park Stage Indiana Gospel Music Association
– Scott Mauldin
The Dodrill Family
6:30 – 7 Plaza Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel
7 – 7:30 Family Arts Cheesecake Contest
7 – 8 Park Stage Starfire Cloggers (Dance)
8:30 – 9:30 Park Stage Mike Beach (Country)
9 – 9:30 Plaza Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel

Wednesday, June 20

Ladies’ Night

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 5p – 11p
Exhibit Buildings – 5p – 9p

Special Discounts

Gate Admission – $2 off for Women in honor of Ladies’ Night
Midway Rides – $1 per ride

Wednesday, June 20 Lineup

Time

Location

Event

5 – 7 Horse Arena 4-H Horse Show (Fun Day)
5 – 9 Family Arts Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter Info
5:30 – 6 Park Stage Calling Contest (Open Mic)
6 – 6:30 Feature Lawn Pork Chop Revue (Swine Variety Show)
6 – 7:15 Park Stage Heaven Cansler
6 – 8 4-H Exhibit Hall 4-H Verbal Communication Contest
7 – 7:30 Family Arts Salsa / Dip Contest
sponsored by Crazy Charlie’s Salsa
7 – 9 Grandstands TQ Midget Racing ($5 Admission)
7:15 – 9 Park Stage Greg Rhodes
7:30 – 8 Feature Lawn Pork Chop Revue (Swine Variety Show)
9 – 9:30 Feature Lawn Pork Chop Revue (Swine Variety Show)
9 – 10 Park Stage Art Carroll Ladies’ Night Prize Drawings

Thursday, June 21

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 5p – 11p
Exhibit Buildings – 5p – 9p

Special Discounts

Midway Rides – Unlimited for $25

Thursday, June 21 Lineup

Time

Location

Event

6 – 6:30 Feature Lawn Pork Chop Revue (Swine Variety Show)
6 – 7 Park Stage Christina 7 (Vocals / Guitar / Piano)
6 – 7:30 4-H Exhibit Hall Artistic Chef’s Food Club Demos
6:30 – 9 Coliseum 4-H Dog Open Training & Demos
7 – 7:30 Family Arts Egg Race
7:30 – 8 Feature Lawn Pork Chop Revue (Swine Variety Show)
7:30 – 9 Park Stage Nicole Bridgens (Pop/Rock Vocals)
9 – 9:30 Feature Lawn Pork Chop Revue (Swine Variety Show)

Friday, June 22

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 5p – 11p
Exhibit Buildings – 5p – 9p

Special Discounts

No Discounts

Friday, June 22 Lineup

Time

Location

Event

5 – 9 Family Arts Speedrome (get a photo with a race car)
5:30 – 6:30 Park Stage Valerie Phelps (Jazz Vocals)
6 – 6:30 Feature Lawn Pork Chop Revue (Swine Variety Show)
6 – 9 Coliseum 4-H Dog Show (Agility)
6:30 – 7 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care
7 – 7:30 Family Arts Sports Trivia Contest
sponsored by Indianapolis Speedrome
7 – 9 Park Stage Bryan Thompson (Jazz Music)
7 – 10 Grandstands Demolition Derby ($5 Admission)
sponsored by O’Reilly Autoparts
7 – 10 Midway RadioNow 100.9 LIVE Broadcast
7:30 – 8 Feature Lawn Pork Chop Revue (Swine Variety Show)
8:30 – 9 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care
9 – 9:30 Feature Lawn Pork Chop Revue (Swine Variety Show)

Saturday, June 23

MetroPCS Kid’s Day

Thank you to our title sponsor of the day – MetroPCS

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Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 12p – 11p
Exhibit Buildings – 12p – 9p

Special Discounts

Midway Rides – Unlimited for $25

Saturday, June 23 Lineup

Time

Location

Event

12 – 1:45 Park Stage Cutest Baby Contest
12 – 5 Coliseum 4-H Dog Show (Obedience, Showmanship & Service)
12 – 6 Poultry Barn 4-H & Open Class Serama Poultry Shows
1 – 1:30 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care
1:45 – 3 Park Stage Silly Safaris Animal Show
2 – 6 Livestock Barn Open Class Sheep Show
2:30 – 3 Feature Lawn Pork Chop Revue (Swine Variety Show)
3 – 3:30 Park Stage Superheroes (Bat-Hero & Wonder-Heroine)
3 – 3:30 Family Arts Minute To Win It Game
sponsored by B&H Professional
3:30 – 4 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care
3:30 – 4 Park Stage Nicole Bridgens (Kid’s Vocals)
4 – 4:45 Park Stage Princesses (Cinderella & The Frog Princess)
4 – 7 4-H Exhibit Hall 4-H Small Animal Showcase
presented by the Central Indiana Veterinary Medical Association
5 – 5:30 Feature Lawn Pork Chop Revue (Swine Variety Show)
5 – 6 Marketplace Princesses & Superheroes Meet & Greet
5:30 – 7 Park Stage Vinnie & The Moochers (Classic Rock)
6 – 6:30 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care
6 – 6:30 Family Arts Gluten Free Desserts Contest
7 – 7:30 Feature Lawn Pork Chop Revue (Swine Variety Show)
7 – 7:30 Family Arts Best Fair Selfie Contest
7 – 9 4-H Exhibit Hall Indy Wildlife Rehab & Exotic Rescue Demos
7 – 10 Grandstands Demolition Derby ($5 Admission)
sponsored by O’Reilly Autoparts
7:30 – 9 Park Stage Chris Canas Band (Blues)
8:30 – 9 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care

Sunday, June 24

Halfway to Christmas Eve Celebration

Hours of Operation

Gates & Midway – 12p – 11p
Exhibit Buildings – 12p – 9p

Special Discounts

Midway Rides – Unlimited for $25

Sunday, June 24 Lineup

Time

Location

Event

12 – 4 Poultry Barn Open Class Pigeon Show
12:30 – 1:30 Park Stage Nicole Bridgens (Musical Theater Vocals)
1 – 5 Plaza Halfway to Christmas Eve Celebration (Santas)
1:30 – 2:30 Park Stage Dance Rhythms
2:30 – 3 Feature Lawn Pork Chop Revue (Swine Variety Show)
3 All 4-H Buildings All 4-H Buildings Close
3 – 3:30 Family Arts Apple Pie Contest
sponsored by Adrian’s Orchard
3 – 4:30 Park Stage Indiana Gospel Music Association
– The Sinclair’s
The Dodrill Family
– Kimberly Kent
3 – 5 Coliseum 4-H Awards & Closing Ceremonies
3:30 – 4 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care
4:30 – 5 Park Stage Wood Carving Auction
5 – 5:30 Feature Lawn Pork Chop Revue (Swine Variety Show)
5 – 6 Park Stage Duo Tones (Piano & Violin Duet)
6 – 6:30 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care
6:30 – 7:30 Park Stage Indianapolis Municipal Band (Orchestra)
7 – 7:30 Feature Lawn Pork Chop Revue (Swine Variety Show)
8 – 8:30 Coliseum Lawn Elite Performance K9s (Trick Dog Show)
presented by Noah’s Animal Hospitals and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care