$10M Youth Arena, glass barn among new Indiana State Fair attractions

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You'll see big changes and new attractions at this year's Indiana State Fair, which opens this Friday (Aug. 2, 2013).

One of the fair's newest attractions offers a modern take on an old fashioned building. It's a glass barn. The $2 million building was funded by the Indiana Soybean Alliance. It's made of glass to show agriculture is transparent. Farmers want you to know where your food comes from and how it's grown. Inside you'll find all kinds of video games.

"It has sensational interactive activities for kids, for families, and it will teach everyone about the Hoosier farmers who raise our food and be able to have live chats through satellite hook-ups with these people on their farms every day of the fair," said Andy Klotz, Indiana State Fair.

The fair runs from August 2nd through the 18th. Admission is $10 at the gate, $7 in advance. Kids five and under are free.

This is the year of popcorn, and there will be an attempt to create the world's biggest popcorn ball. The current record is 5,200 pounds.

Also, Indiana State Fair officials say a $10 million arena devoted to 4-H and other youth events will open its doors when this year's fair gets underway Friday.

The 30,000-square-foot Youth Arena will debut as the site of 4-H Horse & Pony classes and events. The fairgrounds' newest building will also host livestock shows, draft horse competitions and other events during the fair's 17-day run.

The building will be officially dedicated during the fair on Aug. 10.

The Youth Arena has a tinted glass and Indiana limestone exterior. Its inside boasts an arena floor with easy access for both people and livestock. Fair officials say the building's floor is comparable to that of the Fairgrounds' Coliseum, which is in the midst of a $53 million renovation.

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