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Visit the Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion during the 2023 Indiana State Fair

Photo provided by the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center

Attendees of this year’s Indiana State Fair will be able to visit the new Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion during the 18-day event.

The century old swine barn and public safety center at the fairgrounds underwent a $50 million restoration during the last 18 months and will host its first event during the fair.

The Swine Barn at the Indiana State Fair has showcased the best Indiana has to offer for 100 years, the Indiana State Fair said in a news release. Originally opening in 1923, the building has hosted generations of Hoosiers making memories and building traditions.

Heather Hill, a farmer from Hancock County, says she has fond memories of showing livestock at the state fair.

“My husband’s mother grew up showing pigs at the state fair. My husband and I both showed pigs at the state fair. Our kids have all showed (livestock) there,” she says. “Our oldest is quite disappointed that she won’t get to show in the Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion but to know our two youngest will is pretty exciting.”

The new pavilion is a 196,000 square foot facility with 118,000 square feet of show floor, a 14,000 square foot north lobby, 80,000 square feet of clear-span space in the center of the building, with 25-foot ceiling height, and restoration of the historic north façade.

The Indiana State Fair says the multi-use building will serve as a Best-in-Class livestock facility as well as a modern, flexible space that will host a variety of livestock, consumer, and sporting events throughout the year.

Indiana State Fair Commission Chairman Mitch Frazier says the pavilion creates opportunity for ushering in the next generation of innovation while paying deep respect to the traditions and legacies that made this facility and this place possible.

The 2023 Indiana State Fair begins this Friday, July 28, and runs through Aug. 20.

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