State Fair

4:39 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Bill Would Allow Alcohol Sales at State Fair

Indiana State Fair officials say allowing alcohol sales at the annual Fair gives customers what they want,  helps the Fair broaden its agricultural showcase and could generate more revenue. 

Alcohol is sold at the State Fairgrounds 348 days out of the year – with the only exception being during  the State Fair itself, which has been dry since 1946. Legislation proposed by Indianapolis Republican  Senator Jim Merritt –who’s a member of the State Fair Commission – would repeal that prohibition.

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Politics & Government
2:19 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

General Assembly ready to make stage rules permanent

A year and a half after the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, state lawmakers are ready to enact permanent rules aimed at preventing future tragedies at outdoor events.

Last session, the General Assembly gave emergency rule-making power to the state Fire Marshal and Department of Homeland Security to develop temporary regulations for outdoor event and stage equipment. 

This session, the legislature is prepared to make those rules permanent. 

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9:12 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Panel meets to discuss stage collapse compensation

Ken Feinberg is a victims compensation expert who helped develop Indiana's compensation model for State Fair stage collapse victims.
Brandon Smith Indiana Public Broadcasting

A panel met Tuesday to discuss whether the state’s formula for compensating State Fair stage collapse victims was fair, and the results could serve as a guide for responding to future tragedies.

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Health & Science
11:54 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Extra swine precautions at fair

Keith Weller acquired from USDA ARS

The Monroe County Fair shut down its swine barn Tuesday after concerns about a potential flu outbreak among the animals and some people.  State Board of Animal Health spokesperson Denise Derrer says it’s not just Monroe County that’s prompted action at the State Fair.