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2009 is the Year of Tomatoes!

Submitted by on August 9, 2009 – 8:54 pmNo Comment

Indiana State Fair 2009There’s no better place to savor the essence of summer than this year’s Indiana State Fair, now underway at 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. Why? Because the Hoosier State has declared 2009 “The Year of the Tomatoes“, and that luscious orb is the centerpiece of the celebration. Sure, you can see Hedrick’s Racing Pigs and the Stars of the Peking Acrobats, but…those tomatoes! This state is the home of Red Gold, which (surprise!) is the fair’s presenting sponsor for the 17-day run (Indiana ranks second in U.S. production of tomatoes for processing). You’ll learn more about the tomato than you thought possible, Road Trip Foodies! Do you know what a mechanical tomato plant transplanter looks like? Thought not! You can learn about the different stages of growing tomatoes in a giant greenhouse, see Red Gold’s Home Economist, Linda Wallace, demonstrate cooking with tomatos, and vote for your favorite “canstruction” — a competition involving sculpting with cans filled with Red Gold tomato products (which will be donated to a food bank after the fair is over). indstfair_cornOh, yeah: there’s the usual state fair fare — salt water taffy, and roasted ears of corn and deep-fried pizza. You won’t go away hungry! Did you know that nearly every year, fairgoers consume approximately 14,000 pounds of pork chops, 14,285 pounds of hot dogs, 56,000 rib eye steaks, 37,160 milkshakes, 20,000 dips of ice cream, 10,459 deep-fried Snickers (if you have to ask, you’re not a Midwesterner!), 4,350 pounds of popcorn and 3,360 pounds of smoked sausage? Roll on over to central Indiana any day through August 23, 2009. Gate admission for the 2009 Fair is $8 (children 5 and under are free) and — get this — there’s free parking as long as there’s still space in the free parking lot!

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