It looks sooooo different in the concourse area that you can scarcely believe it's the same place. There are elevators replacing the stairs to the seating level, and brand new fancy restrooms. It doesn't appear that you can walk all the way around the building anymore, but it may have just been closed to the public. There are new plastic seats inside the arena, but we did manage to find these old ones placed in the concourse for old times' sake. I like those old wooden seats.
We stopped to have a little lunch at the ribeye tent, of course.
After lunch, we walked past the midway entrance on our way to the other side of the fairgrounds. Riding rides at the state fair was never on our list. There are so many other things to do and see!
I always love going to the Pioneer Village, where you can see demonstrations of crafts, skills, and farming methods from Indiana's past. They have threshing demos, woodworking, broom-making, quilting, leatherwork, as well as tools and equipment displays.
We saw an old corn planter on display inside.
Our walk took us all the way around past the harness racing barns, to the swine barn. Most of the pigs were gone, but we did see the champion sow and her litter,
The horse barn was also empty of horses, but we did find some equines in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion. Mules. And donkeys. This little guy has a particularly interesting forelock.
Of course, we had to stop at the dairy bar for a milkshake. I had chocolate, and Jennifer tried the salted caramel. Yum!
We did not try the deep fried red velvet oreos, snickers, or cookie dough. They also have deep fried butter. Deep fried butter?
We made a few purchases, ate some fair food, walked a mile or two, and had a great day at the Indiana State Fair!