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Little Hands on the Farm Returns to the Indiana State Fair

Experience the best of Indiana with 17 days of entertainment, food and exhibits spread out over 250 acres at the Indiana State Fair, August 3 to 19. Of special interest, the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit will engage children ages 2 to 10 in an interactive, hands-on farming experience free with fair admission from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at The Barns. Each year, more than 10,000 children visit the exhibit.

As “farmers”, the children visit 12-plus interactive barns taking part in a simulated aspect of the agricultural process at each stop, from getting to “harvest” products and doing chores to planting produce, gathering eggs from the chicken coop or even milking a “cow”.

Youngsters get paid for their hard work and are able to spend that “money” in the on-site grocery store to purchase food. Overall, children and their families learn all about the entire agricultural process, including where their food comes from, what it means to be a farmer and the importance of farming in society.

The program is presented by CollegeChoice 529, a direct savings plan program sponsored by the Indiana Education Savings Authority, and is part of The Barns Global Learning initiative at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center.

Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis. For more information about the program, visit

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