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State Fair enters final weekend with Foodie Friday

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indiana State Fair will kick off its final weekend of “Year of the Farmer” with Foodie Friday.

The day’s theme includes discounted admission and many of the more than 140 food vendors featuring deals on special items.

Fair officials said the weekend will provide final chances for visitors to walk the fairgrounds for the first time or revisit to see what will only be available on the final days.

In addition to traditional favorites, fair organizers said LEGO creations on display in the Visit Indiana Harvest Pavilion and a can construction exhibit featuring sculptures made out of stacked canned goods have been popular.

Every year, planners work to strike a balance of old and new at the fair.

“It’s really catering to those people that come to the fair, have those traditions, making sure that they still see the sights that they’re happy to see but bringing something new,” fair spokeswoman Lesley Gordon said. “This weekend, you’ll be able to check out the graffiti bus on State Fair Boulevard. We’ll have an art team come out and they’ll be painting the bus at the fair, and that will be in circulation through IndyGo until next summer.”

Gordon said attendance rates will be calculated at the end of the fair but numbers were trending on average.

Gate admission is $5 on Friday.