Human, dog work together to impress judges

The 4-H Dog Show at the Indiana State Fair, scheduled on the last weekend of the fair, may seem like an afterthought, but for those that compete, it is something they look forward to all year. The dog show is the last major 4-H event of the fair, and it takes place in...

Free ticket to happiness helps Hoosier make people smile

Hoosiers are known for their hospitality and genuine friendliness, as well as a humble sense of themselves. But there is one Hoosier that passes along happiness with a business-card-size piece of paper. Bob Freeman has attended the Indiana State Fair, which ended...

Carnival workers face stigma, stereotypes with job

The life of a carnival worker is one often shrouded in secrecy. They’re a group of people who consider themselves to be different from everyone else in the world—the “marks,” as they call them. And we consider them different too—whether or not they are. They have...

Fair stores provide unique shopping experience

The Indiana State Fair offers a shopping experience unlike anywhere else. Fair shops are where city folk can embrace their country side and purchase items they usually would not, such as a sheep-shaped shawl pin. These three hidden treasures provide unique shopping...

BLOG: People watching people watching people watching…

Have you ever sat on a ledge by a statue at the Indiana State Fair for four hours? I have. My professor made me do it. She told me to sit somewhere and find a story by listening to random conversations and find an interesting story. I didn’t really want to do that …...

The ‘I’s’ that make Indy

“Be the ‘I’ in Indy! C’mon, everyone does it!” said a mother trying to convince her two teenage daughters to take a picture. The Ndy sign is arguably one of the most interesting places at the fair. The sounds of carnival games and the clanging bells of a lucky winner...

Dairy Bar gives profits to volunteer workers

The 10 lines at the Dairy Bar around dinnertime usually stretch to the street from the round-barn building, with more than 100 people waiting to get their relatively inexpensive milkshakes and grilled-cheese sandwiches. But the long lines don’t seem to stop fairgoers...

Parking attendant brings joy to job

Calvin Bumphus begins his workday at 5:30 a.m. He clocks in, grabs his reflective vest and flashlight, hops on a golf cart, and rides to his station at Gate 6, where he directs cars into the Indiana State Fair. “I’m here to make sure people are safe and having fun,”...