There are still a few reserved seats available for sale on the track for $35, and as always grandstand seating is free on a first-come, first-served basis.
There will continue to be an influx of 4-H animals onto the grounds today, with plenty of them already here, as well as animals in Young MacDonald’s Barn and animals giving birth in the Miracle of Life tent.
And, of course, today is the fair’s party to mark Indiana’s bicentennial year. Come out at 2 p.m. in Heritage Park to jump in on the festivities.
There’s also arm wrestling, alligator wrestling and the hands-on butterfly encounter — and the butterflies love the heat.
People have a harder time with it, so stay cool when you come out today; it’s another hot one, with highs in the ’90s and heat index in the high 90s. Drink plenty of water at the water fountains or buy a drink from one of the great vendors and enjoy a shady seat in Heritage Park.
Stop by one of the misting stations, one of the portable misting tents or the misting fans throughout the grounds. Stop into one of the air-conditioned buildings and take in the Ag Hall exhibits, the thousands of 4-H exhibits or learn about heart and vascular health in the air-conditioned IU Health Goshen Plaza.
“One of the most comfortable places on the fairgrounds is the animal barns,” said Dr. Jerry Sellon, the fair board’s official veterinarian (there are also two other vets on the board). “They do a great job of taking care of the animals.”
The Freak Out and the Crazy Mouse are the best rides for a good breeze, and they’re open from noon to 11 p.m.
And for those who don’t like crowds, a warm day is a great time to enjoy the fair before the weather cools off and brings in larger crowds.