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State Fair to crown new queen this weekend

by Indiana State Fair on December 29, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – History will be made this weekend when the Indiana State Fair crowns its new queen in January for the first time. Reigning queen Alyssa Garnett will hand over her crown to one of the 85 contestants participating in the pageant that runs Jan. 2 – 4.

The Indiana State Fair began crowning a queen in 1958. The pageant originally took place the weekend before the State Fair until 1994 when it was moved to the fair’s final weekend. In 2013, The State Fair Board voted to move the pageant to January beginning in 2015 to allow the contestants – county queen winners from around the state – more time to prepare and a more memorable experience.

In addition, the event now coincides with the Indiana Association of Fairs’ annual convention in Indianapolis, which allows county representatives an opportunity to support their respective contestants. The public event schedule is as follows:

·      Saturday, Jan. 3:  Preliminary Judging in the State Fairgrounds’ 4-H Exhibit Hall – 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.); $10

·        Sunday, Jan. 4:  Final Judging and Crowning in the Indiana Farmers Coliseum – 1 p.m. (doors open at noon); tickets are $10 for adults, free for kids 5 and younger 

A panel of three judges will determine the new Miss Indiana State Fair based on contestants’ interview, formal wear and professional wear. The panel will pare down the 85 contestants to 10 finalists during Sunday’s final judging before choosing one person to be the new queen. The queen will represent the fair at more than 35 public appearances throughout the year, including the 17-day State Fair.

The 2015 Indiana State Fair will be held Aug. 7 – 23.

About Indiana State Fair
The Indiana State Fair is the state’s largest multi-day event celebrating Hoosiers’ spirit and agricultural heritage. Nationally recognized for offering great entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premier facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair has been an annual tradition for generations of Hoosiers since 1852.  The 2015 fair is celebrating the “Year of the Farmer presented by Dow AgroSciences.” For more information, please visit

About Indiana State Fairgrounds
Established in 1892, the Indiana State Fairgrounds is a modern public event facility that annually hosts more than 300 meetings, shows, sports and agriculture events, including the Indiana State Fair. The Indiana State Fairgrounds is one of Indiana’s top tourist destinations annually attracting 2 million visitors to its 250-acre campus in Indianapolis’ Midtown district and adding $124 million to the local economy. Agriculture and food production education are part of the fairgrounds’ core values. The nine-member Indiana State Fair Commission, a quasi-governmental agency, oversees year-round management of the fairgrounds, which operates in a safe and fiscally conscious manner for the benefit of all citizens of Indiana. Additional information is available at


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