By Maureen Hayden CNHI Statehouse Bureau
August 4, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS — The 156th Indiana State Fair opened Friday under the shadow of last year’s fatal stage collapse by celebrating its usual traditions: barns full of prize-winning livestock, acres of amusement rides, a field full of marching bands, and a seemingly endless bounty of corn dogs, caramel corn and lemon shake-ups.
And a lot of heat and humanity.
Shortly after the fairground gates officially opened at 8 a.m., long lines of motorists were waiting to pull into the parking lots and tractor-pulled passenger shuttles were ready to roll. Inside the gates, hundreds of vendors, volunteers and fair employees had set up and settled in, appearing ready for the event’s 17-day run and the nearly 800,000 visitors expected to come.