NewsLocal News / August 5, 2016

Indiana State Fair Begins With New Technology

A new smartphone app will help State Fair-goers find their favorite food vendors, animal competitions, and even their own car.Indiana State Fair2016-08-05T00:00:00-04:00
Indiana State Fair Begins With New Technology

Fair-goers walk near the midway during the 2015 Indiana State Fair.

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Opening ceremonies for the 2016 Indiana State Fair took place this morning, and a new smartphone app for Apple and Android devices will help State Fair-goers find their favorite food vendors, animal competitions, and even their own car.

Media Manager Leslie Gordon says she thinks it will change how visitors interact with the fair.

“It gives you a personalized itinerary, so you can schedule that, share it with your friends. I think the coolest thing is gonna be being able to drop a pin where you park, so you don’t get lost,” says Gordon.

This year more of the coliseum is devoted to livestock, expanding room for animals in their pens.

Officials say the weather outlook for the next two and a half weeks looks good, and that if things get too hot, as always, visitors can retreat to some of the fair’s indoor attractions.

Officials say they expect attendance to stay around the 900,000 figure, which is where it’s been hovering for the past several years.

 

 

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