Just a few months after wrapping up 2023's fair, Indiana State Fair officials are hard at work preparing for next year's event. The first big step towards the 2024 fair was recently taken when the Indiana State Fair unveiled the theme for the 167th annual fair.

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The theme for the 2024 Indiana State Fair is THE ART & NATURE OF FUN, which will be activated through a celebration of art and nature and promises to provide an unforgettable experience for every guest.

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Cindy Hoye, Executive Director of the Indiana State Fair says,

The art & nature theme reflects our commitment to bringing together the creativity of art and the wonders of nature to inspire and engage our visitors.  We are so grateful for our neighbors at Newfields and are beyond thrilled to bring our community together and create a true Hoosier Masterpiece next summer.

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The 2024 theme is presented by Newfields, which is an internationally renowned art institution, with 152 acres of beautiful parks and gardens. This exciting new partnership between Newfields and the Indiana State Fair will provide several new, unique experiences for fairgoers next summer. Newfields President & CEO, Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, had this to say about teaming up with the Indiana State Fair...

Newfields is excited and proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2024 Indiana State Fair. It is an honor to be a part of what the fair does best—showcasing what makes our state a wonderful place to live, work, and play. Newfields' mission is to enrich lives through exceptional experiences with art and nature.  This partnership is a wonderful opportunity for us to bring the beauty and magic of Newfields to the wider community, celebrating all things Indiana.

The 2024 Indiana State Fair returns Friday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 18th, 2024 (Closed Mondays).

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