Gov. Mike Pence loves the Indiana State Fair and doesn’t care who knows it. Pence spoke to a crowd of visitors during the opening ceremonies of this year’s fair while FFA members, state fair representatives and many more proudly stood beside and behind him.
Gov. Mike Pence loves the Indiana State Fair and doesn’t care who knows it. Pence spoke to a crowd of visitors during the opening ceremonies of this year’s fair while FFA members, state fair representatives and many more proudly stood beside and behind him.

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 agriculture.”

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.