State Fair is an annual fair held in Indianapolis
, Indiana, usually in the month of August. The first fair was held in 1881 and the 2009 fair had the highest number of attendees at 973,902. The state fair buildings and grounds are used for a variety of other shows when the fair is not being held. The largest building at the fairgrounds is the Pepsi Coliseum
, formerly known as the Indiana State Fair Coliseum, where the Indiana Ice usually Play
. The fairgrounds are on 38th Street and Fall Creek
During each annual run of the Indiana State Fair, several competitions take place. The 4-H has a large participation in the fair and competitions are held in numerous areas for 4-H youth members. 4-H winners at county fairs can progress to the state fair with their live-stock, crafts, gardening, or other exhibits. The winner at the state fair can, in some cases, advance to a national competition. The winners receive scholarships and other awards. Other competitions also occur including art contests, a hot air balloon race, and a high school marching band contest on "Band Day". Adult competitions also occur in various farm related categories.
Numerous nationally-known entertainers have performed at the Indiana State Fair. In 1964, The Beatles performed two sold out shows to nearly 30,000 audience members September 3 and, in 1989, New Kids on the Block set a Grandstand attendance record with 18,509 audience members. The fair also presents Latino/Hispanic entertainment for Indiana's Hispanic population.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson gave a speech to a crowd of 40,000 on a day known as "Big Thursday." Over the years, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton
, President John F. Kennedy, President Franklin
D. Roosevelt, and President Barack Obama have all made appearances at the Fairgrounds.