How to Have Fun at Your State Fair

It’s late summer, meaning state fairs are happening all around the country. Here in Indiana, ours ended last week. We took advantage of the cooler-than-usual weather to get out there and play some games, eat some delicious (friday and greasy, of course) food, and learn some fun facts about Indiana’s history.

Whether you’re a can’t-miss-it annual fair attender, or you’ve never been in your life, this is your year. Take our advice and check out your local state fair, you’ll be glad you did and if you follow these tips, you’ll be sure to have a blast.

Eat All the Food

State fairs are known for their epic selection of food. Funnel cakes, fried oreos, foot-long corn dogs, lemon shake-ups … our mouths are watering just thinking about it.

This is no time to hold back. When you’re at the fair, you really have to go all-in. Kiss your diet goodbye for at least the next 24 hours, and try whatever it is your little hungry heart desires. Bonus points if what you desire comes on a stick.

Ride All the Rides

There’s nothing that helps you tap into your inner kid more than riding amusement park rides. Sure, that Tilt-A-Whirl from 1978 might not have passed this year’s safety regulations, but that’s not stopping you, you little daredevil.

Bring your kids with you so you blend in just a little bit more when you’re screaming at the top of the roller coaster. Make sure to wear sneakers — you don’t want your sandals flying off and knocking out some poor toddler down below.

Another pro tip: Consider riding all the rides before you eat all the food. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Watch All the People

This might be top on our list of ways to have a blast at the state fair: people watching. The state fair brings all kinds of folks (literally … everyone in your state) together for one big event. Take it all in, just make sure you wear sunglasses.

You wouldn’t want old farmer Joe to see the expression on your face when you’re watching your local clogging troupe perform on Main Street before sundown. These things happen at the fair, you know.

Need some new shades? We’ve got you.

Play All the Games

Play all the games, but mostly, win all the prizes. You know you want that giant stuffed teddy bear to lug home in the trunk of your SUV. And if you don’t, your kid certainly does.

Between skeeball, ring toss, darts, duck pond, and that game where you throw a ping pong ball into fish bowls, you’ll be busy for hours.

WARNING: if you find yourself getting unreasonably angry over losing to small children at fair games you might consider either a) avoiding games at all, or b) at least not going to the fair on a first date.

Experience All the Music

Okay, well maybe not all of the music. But you should at least take in some of it. Between headlining concerts and random pop-up shows (see clogging troupe reference above) there is plenty of live music to enjoy at your state fair.

We’ll admit, a lot of it is probably mediocre. But there are definite hidden gems you can stumble upon when you least expect it. One of our team members recently recounted a serendipitous live music experience at the Indiana State Fair a few years ago…

She was there to see Drake perform on the main stage, when low and behold, Justin Bieber joinsed him on stage to perform a drum solo. True Story! See guys, dreams do come true at state fairs…


What’s your favorite way to have a blast at the fair? Eat yourself into a food coma? Make bets on the winning livestock? Let us know in the comments.