Indiana State Fair 2019 Photos, Part 6 of 6: Random Acts of State Fairing


The intent is to effect a military stance and spell out “INDY”, but to me this actually appears pronounced “ANNNDY”.

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

It’s that time again! The Indiana State Fair is an annual celebration of Hoosier pride, farming, food, and 4-H, with amusement park rides, cooking demos, concerts by musicians either nearly or formerly popular, and farm animals competing for cash prizes without their knowledge. My wife Anne and I attend each year as a date-day to seek new forms of creativity and imagination within a local context…

…and it all comes down to this: one last round of imagery from our State Fair experience on Tuesday the 6th — giant harvests, cardboard cutouts, collegiate promotions, and a special tribute to a beloved Indiana citizen we lost earlier this year. All this and more!

cow crossing!

Our arrival that morning was delayed for a brief cow crossing.

Boilermaker + photog!

As with years past, Indiana’s own Purdue University occupied a large portion of the Ag/Hort Building with exhibits equal parts marketing, education, and agritourism. Pictured here is their mascot the Purdue Boilermaker, of course frequently photographed by many.

Boilermaker cutout!

Me trying to Method-act my way into the Boilermaker role. I presumed my motivation was questioning the wisdom of student loans.

Purdue cheerleader!

Meanwhile, my number one cheerleader finds a role suited to her.

educational microbe!

A series of displays taught kids about the wonderful world of benevolent microbes.

grocery game!

A mini-arcade featured short, original arcade machines teaching aspects of foods and farming and whatnot. Anne learned slightly more about carbs in this very special adaptation of Guy’s Grocery Games.

giant food!

Elsewhere in the Ag/Hort Building, the annual giant-food contests suggest it’s way more fun to count pounds than calories.

17-pound cabbage!

A carefully cultivated 17-pound head of cabbage, which should make enough cole slaw to top approximately three Primanti Bros. sandwiches.

3-pound tomato!

A 3-pound tomato, perfect for throwing at a political rally.

cow parts!

Where Did My Best Dinners Come From: An Illustrated Cow Atlas.


A booth recruiting new voters allowed for us registered folks to show off. Sometimes we help change the world. Sometimes we try our best nevertheless.

Eva Mozes Kor ad!

Our local PBS station had a large space devoted to promoting future programming involving Eva Mozes Kor, a Holocaust survivor who passed away recently and whose Terre Haute museum we visited four years ago.


Mini-Eva advertising another adjacent product.

Frog Who Would Go A-Wooing!

Curated and/or restored antiques in the Indiana Arts Building included this old copy of The Frog Who Would Go A-Wooing, which taught kids about the joys of barhopping, catcalling, and smoking.

olde-tyme police car!

The superhero exhibit in the Harvest Pavilion included a few hero-based vintage vehicles such as this well-kept, olde-tyme police car.

tractor shuttle view!

We indulged in a tractor shuttle ride to the far northeast corner of the fairgrounds just for Bison Hush Puppies.


Always a treat to spend time with fans.

Air Dancer!

Air dancers often alert you to used car lots and payday loans. Here the dancer marks the entrance / security checkpoint.

…and that effectively concludes our Tuesday experience. Though we hadn’t planned it when I began sharing these photos, a confluence of unexpected factors lad us to an encore visit four days later. Which of course means: more photos to come!

Other chapters in this very special miniseries:

Part 1: Our Year in Food
Part 2: The Heroes Theme
Part 3: The Marvel/DC CAN-ematic Universe
Part 4: Cake Bosses
Part 5: The Art of the Fair
Encore Part 1: 2 Fair 2 Food
Encore Part 2: Another Ace Art Assemblage
Encore Part 3: Last Day, Last Call

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