INDIANAPOLIS — It’s that time of the year again.
The time when both people in the agriculture industry and
those who don’t have access to it come together to celebrate the Hoosier State
at one location: the Indiana State Fair.
The first day of the fair kicked off at the opening ceremony
at the fairgrounds coliseum, with many anxious visitors wanting to see the newly
renovated building that combines the old venue with new 21st -century technology.
Cindy Hoye, executive director of the state fair, welcomed
those visitors and told them of upcoming events.
Hoye spoke of concerts and shows that will take place, but
also of the fact that the coliseum is filled with dirt and will host 4-H kids,
who will be showing their cattle.
“That’s what it’s all about,” she said.
Agriculture was the forefront of the opening ceremony, as
well as the annual ham breakfast sponsored by Indiana Pork prior to the event.
Speakers for both events included Gov. Mike Pence, Lt. Gov.
Sue Ellspermann, Indiana Pork representatives and many others. Each speaker
talked about the importance of Indiana agriculture.
“Indiana is many things in the 21st century, but at the core it is
agriculture,” Pence said. “The fair gives us an opportunity to showcase modern
Ellspermann agreed by saying agriculture is truly front and
center for all Hoosiers. She urged visitors to invite people from all parts of
the state to be a part of the fair.
Over the next two weeks, there will be many opportunities to
showcase Indiana and its agriculture with activities that will appeal to people
with different backgrounds.
“For 17 days, we’ll be able to bring people here from all
walks of life,” Pence said.