Marion County Fair changes to June dates,
announces new midway operator
Plan on getting your fair food fix a little earlier this year.
INDIANAPOLIS – The 82nd annual Marion County Fair will sport a whole new look at a whole new time during Summer 2012.
Citing soaring temperatures frequently approaching triple-digit territory, along with an increasing number of competing events, the fair’s board of directors is moving the event from its traditional July dates to one month earlier. The 2012 Marion County Fair will be held Friday, June 22 through Saturday, June 30.
“We’ve weathered back-to-back summers during which temperatures truly affected every aspect of the Marion County Fair,” said Cathy Clark, newly elected fair board president. “The heat was directly responsible for lower attendance, it created an uncomfortable environment for everyone on the grounds, and bordered on being dangerous for animals on display.
“We also wanted to create some space between our fair and other area big events, such as the Indiana State Fair and Brickyard 400,” she added.
The dates are not the only changes fair-goers will experience. A new midway operator – Farmland, Indiana-based North American Midway Entertainment - will provide more than 40 rides geared for all ages, along with an array of games and fair food.
North American Midway Entertainment provides midway attractions to Hoosier fairs including the Indiana State Fair and the Elkhart, St. Joseph, Porter, Lake, Shelby, Howard, Delaware, and Kosciusko County Fairs, among others.
The 82nd annual Marion County Fair will be held June 22-30, 2012 at the Marion County Fairgrounds, 7300 East Troy Avenue, Indianapolis, near the I-465/I-74/Southeastern Avenue interchange. For more information, call 317. 353.2444 or log on at www.marioncountyfair.org.
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.