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Buzzing Around Town - by Nora Spitznogle
posted: Aug. 04, 2017

Buzzing Around Town

Indiana State Fair
Friday, August 4 - Sunday, August 20, 2017
Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 East 38th Street - all-ages, various discounts and promo days, $12 at the gate, $5 parking
Happy Indiana State Fair time! I encourage everyone to make at least one visit to the Fair this year. While the free main stage music and midway are fun, make sure that you visit the 4-H buildings, Indiana Arts Building, animal barns, and Pioneer Village. You'll see the results of yearlong projects and hard work by students and volunteers.
I got a peek at the new skyride over Main Street when I dropped of my projects for the Open Show, it looks very cool, but with my stupid fear of heights I'm not sure that I can do it. Folks tell me it's not that high (35 feet) or fast (2 mph), but if I can't reach it from my tiptoes, it's too tall. If you see someone up there whimpering and clutching the sides of the seat with their eyes screwed shut, there is a good chance that is me.
This is the "Wonderful Year of Food" and I'll admit that I was skeptical at first. After all, every day is a wonderful day of food in my world. The Fair team has found a way to make it fabulous. Not only will each day have a specific food theme, the American Museum of Natural History's Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture will be located in the Harvest Pavilion. The exhibit explores our complex system that brings the food from the farm to your fork.
Sections of the exhibit are devoted to growing, transporting, cooking, eating, tasting, and celebrating. I'm excited about the chance to peek inside the dining rooms of famous historical people and cook a virtual meal - will there by virtual dishes to wash? The Harvest Pavilion is open 9 - 9 daily.
Speaking of food at the Fair, did you know there are over 125 food stands? That is a ton of ribeye sandwiches and corn dogs. There are several great spots to take your favorite treat and sit and listen to music. The stage in the Pioneer Village barn always features talented folks playing old-timey and gospel music. The Main Street Stage tends to lean towards pop music and the Free Stage hosts the touring bands.
I'll see you there!

Friday, August 18, 2017 & Saturday, August 19, 2017
Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
4600 Illinois Street - all-ages, free, Friday 6:00 - midnight, Saturday 5:30 - midnight
This is the 13th year for SausageFest and if you haven't been before you've been missing out. Of course there is sausage and beer. And there will also be pizza, pretzels, wine, desserts, and other delicious goodies. Pro tip: make sure you purchase tickets to trade in for food and drinks before you get in line. Don't forget to add to or start your SausageFest mug and tee shirt collection.
There will be two stages both nights. The teen stage is just north of the sanctuary building and will have a small admission fee that includes several activities. The music lineup isn't set and will vary each night. The bands are part of the Sam Ash ASH ROCK program and include:
Hannah Ziliak (Friday only)
Unknown Double Breakdown
State of Mind
Beware of Cerberus
Unicorn Death Punch
Everything Violet
Facing Daylight (Saturday only)
The Arachnids (Saturday only)

The parking lot stage has great lineups each night and several of the bands feature Saint Joan of Arc parish members.
Friday August 18, 2017
5:45 Fabulous SausageKings
6:30 Lani and The Tramps
7:30 Scarlet Water
8:30 Midtown Mad Men
9:45 Streaker
Saturday August 19
4:30 Mass (all are welcome)
5:30 Turnipseeds
6:30 DRB
7:30 Dugan Brothers
8:30 Chad Mills and the Upright Willies
9:45 Meat Monster and the Sausage Casings

Not-for-profit director by day, music writer by night, Nora Spitznogle reviews music that happened and previews music and events around Broad Ripple Village. Nora managed CATH Inc coffeehouse at 54th Street and College Avenue for seven years. During that time she hosted hundreds of local and touring musicians, both at the coffeehouse and her home. When CATH closed in 2004 and the music was no longer coming to her, she had to wander from her corner of Broad Ripple to see what is happening elsewhere. You can find her at Second Helpings during the work day, waitressing at the Red Key on Saturday nights and prowling Broad Ripple music venues the rest of the time. Visit Nora's Web site, send any questions, comments or suggestions to
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