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Indiana State Fair is an annual event during August where state fair buildings in the fairgrounds hold shows and other events. The Indiana State Fair started on 1852 when the Indiana General Assembly formed the State Board of Agriculture and implemented a law that would promote agriculture in the state. The Board organized the first Indiana State Fair at Marion Country on October 20-22, 1852. The Indiana then became the sixth state in the United States that organized a state-wide agricultural fair.

When the Civil War stroke at Indiana, the fairground in Marion Country was converted to Camp Morton which served as the prison the Confederate soldiers. Thus, the Board was not able to conduct state fair during the years where war had affected Indiana. In 1892, the Indiana State fair reopened in Indianapolis State Fairgrounds, and since then, the event was held regularly there.

Some of the remarkable guests who attended the fair were United States President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 and appearances of other succeeding presidents. Famous performers like Elvis Presley and The Beatles were also staged in the fair state on 1956 and 1964, respectively. Historical record shows that a tragedy occurred during the 1963 Indiana State Fair wherein a tank exploded inside the Indiana State Fair Coliseum, killing at least 54 people.

The Indiana State Fair includes different competitions like hot-air balloon race, art contests, and the ?Band Day? where marching bands from different schools in Indiana showcase their exhibition stunts. There are also exhibits and booths which are related to crafts, farming, livestock and other agricultural related activities.
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