The Indiana State Fair has been going on for a little over a week now, and already my family and I have done SO MANY fun things. Here are just a few of the highlights from the first week and weekends of the fair…

Last Friday I was able to check an item off my bucket list when I went with a college friend to see the one and only Barry Manilow live in concert! I’ve been a fan for years, and seeing him in person did not disappoint. The concert was amazing, we had great seats, and even at almost 70 years old, Barry puts on a show like no one else.

Barry Manilow

The next night, my whole family went to see the Monster Truck Nationals. Tickets were only $5 a piece, and since my little guys are under 5 they were free. I was a little worried about how my oldest would do, since he’s afraid of almost anything loud, but my worries were for nothing. He absolutely loved the monster trucks. His favorite part of the show was the end, where the fire-breathing TRANSAURUS came out and ate a junk car. After the show we visited some of the animal barns and enjoyed some delicious fair food. It was a great night!

Wednesday night I was back at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse for another great show – Loverboy, Pat Benatar, and Journey! I had the pleasure of enjoying this show with my best friend Regan, and fellow blogger and friend Heather, aka Basilmomma. We had a blast, and I must say it was nice to see the show with a fellow blogger – it meant I wasn’t the only one on my phone tweeting pictures and posting to Facebook! I loved hearing some of my favorite songs with some of my favorite people.

Thursday my family was back at the State Fairgrounds to enjoy some of the great family activities the Indiana State Fair has to offer. One of our favorite places to visit is Little Hands on the Farm. We always make sure to stop here every year! My boys and their buddies stopped to pose with their Pioneer hats on, another one of our yearly traditions!

Today my boys and I headed back to the fair for a special “behind the scenes” tour, hosted by Indiana’s Family of Farmers. We got to pet some calves, and see one that was less than 24 hours old! We also had the opportunity to tour the barns and learn more about the animals. My oldest son loves all things animals and farming, and he loved the opportunity to get up close and personal in the barns. As a city girl, I enjoyed learning more about farming, and how our Indiana farmers do their jobs. Everyone we talked to was incredibly transparent and eager to answer our questions. We all loved the delicious grilled cheese sandwiches from the Dairy Bar, too! After our tour and lunch, we did some more exploring at the fair and walked until we couldn’t walk anymore.

And we’re not done yet! We’ll be going back at least one more time as a family to enjoy everything the fair has to offer. If you haven’t made it out to the fair yet…YOU NEED TO GO! You won’t be disappointed by all there is to do and see for your whole family.