89th annual Marion County Fair gets underway Friday

2019 Marion County Fair kicks off

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The gates to the 89th annual Marion County Fair swing open Friday, June 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

The usual fair attractions like the Ferris wheel, bumper cars and games will be ready for fans to ride. 

Many vendors will have classic foods such as funnel cake, corn dogs and Philly cheesesteaks.

2019 Marion County Fair kicks off

However, 2019 will have some different things in store for people coming to the fair.

This year’s headlining feature is Dino-ROAR, which will be doing performances all 10 days at the fair.

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This show features eight life-like animatronic dinosaurs for all the dinosaur lovers in Marion County. The show’s goal is to educate kids with dinosaur facts while being interactive and entertaining.

“The Demolition Derby will be bigger and better than ever,” fairgrounds public information officer, Paul Annee said.

Annee says the derby track in the grandstands is expected to be three times the size it’s been in the past and should bring a lot more cars crashing for fan entertainment.

Other special featured events this year are as follows:

  • First Bite Fishing Tank (June  21-30)
  • Baird Petting Zoo (June 21-30)
  • Elite K-9 Performances (June 22-23 & June 28-30)
  • Bear Hollow Chainsaw Carving Demos & Auction (June 21-23 & June 30)
  • Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides (June 21-22 & June 28)
  • Princesses and Superheroes (June 22 & June 29)

The Marion County Fair goes from Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 30.

Gates are open from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday.

General admission is $5. Children aged 5 and under and members of the military with valid ID are admitted free.

Parking is free in the large and convenient lots.