The Indiana State Fair has partnered with Pacers Sports & Entertainment for this summer's theme, which is absolutely perfect for the Hoosier state - BASKETBALL! The Indiana State Fairgrounds first opened in 1892 – the same year basketball was introduced in Indiana – two great Hoosier traditions that have stood the test of time.

Pacers Sports & Entertainment CEO, Rick Fuson, sums it up pretty well...

Indiana is truly the state that grew the game, and we are excited to celebrate our unmatched basketball history with Hoosiers this summer at our beloved State Fair.
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What Does BASKETBALL Mean for the Fair?

The basketball theme will be on full display in several interactive experiences for those attending the 2023 Indiana State Fair, including:

  • HOOPFEST Outdoor Amusement Park - Including full-size regulation court with tournaments, kids camps, coaches chats, etc
  • Pacers Sports & Entertainment Immersive Exhibit
  • Land of Legends: Indiana’s Basketball Legacy, in partnership with Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Space Ham: An Augmented Reality Experience
  • 1951 Chevy, Gene Hackman's car from movie HOOSIERS on display
  • 18 Basketball Stories curated for 18 days of the Indiana State Fair - Celebrating the people, the places and the purpose of the Game!
  • The Evolution of the Game Exhibit
  • The 6th Man Exhibit: Agriculture & Basketball
  • Hoosier Hardwood Photo Project: A Journey to Indiana’s Historical High School Gyms
  • From Trees to Tip-Off Attraction: Indiana Hardwoods & the Game
  • Chuck Taylor and Indiana Basketball Exhibit with the Indiana Historical Society
  • Cultural art installations celebrations basketball - including sneaker & custom Backboard Art installation

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