Indiana State Fair will return this summer

The Indiana State Fair says it will be back this summer after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Indiana State Fair Commission announced Tuesday that the fair will be July 30 to Aug. 22 but may look a little different to meet health requirements.

Among the changes are an additional weekend added at the beginning of the fair schedule. During its run, the fair will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

“We are thankful to the State Department of Health for their collaboration and continued guidance on getting us back to hosting this important community event,” Cindy Hoye, the fair commission’s executive director, said in a written statement. “We know this year’s state fair may look a little different, and we are prepared for that. By adding an additional weekend, it allows us to spread fair attendance across a new weekend.”

The fair didn’t say what other changes may be in store. But carnival rides, food booths, 4-H competitions and entertainment will return.

Fair officials said this year’s theme will celebrate all things Indiana and the resiliency of the Hoosier spirit.