What’s your favorite thing to eat at the Indiana State Fair?

I believe I have attended the Indiana State Fair for at least 3/4ths of my life.  For 10 years, it was as a 4Her, anxious to see how my projects did against other champion projects from around the state. For the past 20 years, I have been involved in the State Fair, either as an intern for Indiana Soybean, a farm broadcaster for the former AgriAmerica Radio Network and now as the Marketing Director for the Indiana wine industry.  I’ve seen every corner of the fairgrounds, experienced many horse shows, hog shows, and sheep shows.  I’ve travelled through the 4H buildings, looking at projects and dreaming up my own ideas of projects I want to create at home.

The one thing I haven’t experienced is the many food vendors.  I do not eat corn dogs, cheesy beef sticks or other items from the food vendors who have little pop up shops and travel to all sorts of fairs and festivals.  I stick to my commodity group tents.  I eat tasty ribeye sandwiches from the Indiana Beef tents, creamy grilled cheese and milkshakes from Indiana’s dairy farmers and pork chops and bbq from Indiana’s Pork Producers.  That’s it.  No plate-full of fried veggies for this corn-fed farm kid!

I want you to enjoy a great Indiana pork meal at this year’s State Fair!! I’ll explain more about that in a minute.

Indiana Pork will be sponsoring and running three pork tents during the Indiana State Fair this year.  They will be featuring  pork burgers, pork chops, pulled pork BBQ, garbage burger and the boneless pork chop. You can make it meal by including chips, applesauce and a drink to your order.

Pork Tent Pic

This year Indiana Pork has teamed up with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture to help fight hunger in Indiana. For every entrée that a customer decides to “make a meal”, Indiana Pork will donate one ground pork meal to food banks across the state. ISDA has helped fund this promotion through their Livestock Promotion Grant Award program.  The goal is to sell 30,000 meals which will result in the donation of 7,500 pounds of pork to Indiana food banks.


In partnership with Indiana Pork, I am giving away four Indiana State Fair entry tickets and four pork tent meal tickets.  You’re going to want to win these!! When you’ve walked around the State Fair all day, you’ll get hungry and need to stop to eat.  To win, leave a comment below telling me what meal you would choose from the pork tent if you were to win the tickets.  Hurry, contest end August 4th.  I’ll notify the winner and the tickets will be mailed to you.

Learn more about Indiana’s pork industry here:

Web: www.indianapork.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/indianapork

Twitter: @IndianaPork, #porktents14

Pinterest: @IndianaPorkFarmers

Instagram: @IndianaPorkFarmers

As one of Indiana’s hog farmers, I am so excited about this partnership and to have another pork chop at the great Indiana State Fair!




  1. Susan Cannon says

    Most definitely the pork bbq. We go to the pork tent every year. The kids get burgers.

  2. April Graper says

    Last year I had the very tasty pulled pork sandwich but I think the boneless pork chop sounds very good. I also don’t eat all the greasy fried foods and stick to the beef and pork producers tents. I am also excited this year to do wine tasting!

  3. Denise Wilson says

    I get a pork burger just about every visit we make to the State Fair! My husband gets either the pork burger meal or the pulled pork meal. Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

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  5. Wendi Piel says

    We really enjoy the pork burger sandwich and BBQ pork! I’ll have to say I’ve been to the state fair any times and we also support the local farm produces!!

  6. Kim Frazier says

    I love everything I have had from the Indiana Pork Producer tent! Right now, I could go for a pork burger!

  7. I’m craving the boneless pork chop…. Yum!

  8. kelli hunt says

    On our annual trip to the Indiana State Fair, we follow a routine. Lunch is found at the pork tent. Pork burger meal for me and 2 pork burgers for Greg. Later in the day, Greg enjoys an ear of corn. Before we leave, we dhuttle over to the dairy bar for milkshakes. Couldnt enjoy the fair without the hardwork of our local farmers! Can’t wait to enjoy our routine next week!

  9. My husband worked the pork tents for about 20 years. He’s the one that turned me on to the pork bbq (he’d bring me home a sandwich every night), the Fair overall, and Shoup’s seasoning. 🙂 I love the bbq and the pork burgers.

  10. Doreen Herndon says

    Pork burgers! Yum!

  11. margaret miller says

    I love pork chops!

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