Indiana State Fair 2019 Encore: Last Day, Last Call

FAIR us!

We’re the Goldens. This is who we are and what we do.

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…

But then four days later we drove once more out to the east side and enjoyed a 4-hour whirlwind do-over. It all comes down to this: one final gallery of what else we did at this year’s Indiana State Fair — the superheroes, the animals, and the one ride we rode. Enjoy!

Iron Man banner!

Iron Man greets us on the way in shortly before 9 a.m.

Thor with motto!

We returned to the Harvest Pavilion for a few retakes with the superhero cardboard standees. Someone did the research and captured the immortal line from Thor’s first appearance.

Green Lantern oath!

It was impossible to get a worthwhile shot of the Green Lantern standee together with the GL oath. We once had the pleasure of watching Walter Koenig recite this from memory right in front of us.

Iron Man with motto!

Famous last words. *sob*

Shoup's Country black pig!

Saturday brought in a number of local food sellers in tents, one of whom brought this giant pig statue with, um, working pig hose.


We tend to skip the animal barns, but a selection of small farm livestock were on display in the open air and a bit more bearable.


Non-feral piggies, happy not to have to share a pen with 28 to 48 siblings.

agritourism warning label!

Agritourism warning label. Consult your doctor if you experience any harmful side effects from your brush with farm life.


An officer at the Indiana State Police booth amused kids with this RC K-9 that talked and played “Who Let the Dogs Out?”, a sound more unnerving than any siren.

skylift view!

For the first time in years, we rode a ride together! The Sleep Number Skyride (yay confusing corporate branding) carried passengers 35 feet above fair level for some 1400 feet down Main Street.

skylift Dairy Bar!

Our Aerial America view of the popular Dairy Bar before lines swamped it for the rest of the day.

skylift tractor!

Our Aerial America view of one of the ubiquitous tractor shuttles. At left is Da Portable Rican, who sold us that fantastic Relleno de Papa on Tuesday.


Since we’re old and rarely do rides, Midway tickets are a reminder of good times past, our childhood gateway to State Fair adventure.

The End. Lord willing, we’ll be back next year.

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
Part 6: Random Acts of State Fairing
Encore Part 1: 2 Fair 2 Food
Encore Part 2: Another Ace Art Assemblage

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