The 84th annual Marion County Fair has expanded its run from nine to 10 days, with a lineup of new events and popular returning features designed to appeal to the entire family.
The fun began Friday and continues through June 29 at the Marion County Fairgrounds, 7300 E. Troy Ave., just east of the I-465 and Southeastern Avenue interchange. Gates open at 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
General admission is $5 per person, although military members with valid identifications and children ages 5 and younger will be admitted free. Parking is also free.
Fair goers who bring a non-perishable food or pet food donation for the Fairs Care program will receive $1 off admission throughout the fair.
Wednesday is Ladies’ Night and all female fairgoers, regardless of age, will receive $2 off admission.
Once on the grounds, fair guests will discover a host of events, fair foods, displays in the 4-H, Family Arts and Expo Buildings, competitions at the Grandstand and Horse Arena, continuous entertainment on the Park Stage, one of Indiana’s top midways, and more.
Among the new attractions this year are:
• Elephant Encounters, an up-close educational and inspirational sessions with the world’s largest land mammals (June 24-29).
• Fred Astaire Dance Studio Opening Night Dance Party featuring dancers showing off incredible moves on Admin Plaza choreographed to live music by the Indy Jazz Orchestra.
• Health & Safety Day featuring dozens of public safety organizations with displays and demos.
• Radio Controlled Airplanes performing aerobatic maneuvers.
• Indy’s celebrated Clown Band, the Circle City Stompers, on site with their unique brand of music, humor and fancy footwork.
• The fair’s inaugural Robotics Competition featuring teams from throughout the state demonstrating their skills.
• An appearance by Will Allen of Growingpower.org at the fair’s on-site working farm, Peaceful Grounds.