The day's theme includes discounted admission and many of the more than 140 food vendors featuring deals on special items.
Hundreds of people have been going to Municipal Drive to get a train ride to Indianapolis to enjoy the fair.
As for spending some of the state surplus on roads and bridges, he said no decision has been made but it's under consideration.
Big Red won the title, weighing in at 1,134 pounds.
Thousands flocked to the fairgrounds for the first day.
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Even as they throw in new wrinkles, such as alcohol sales, organizers say they're prepared for any situation.
Seven Indiana Department of Homeland Security inspectors looked over each ride Thursday.
The Indiana State Fair is packed with activities.
State fair officials say it's an increase they had to make.