Lose a hearing aid? Indiana State Fair lost and found grows
The Indiana State Fair wrapped up its 17 day run on Sunday, bringing an estimated 900,000 people to the fairgrounds.
While the officials numbers are expected in the coming days, the estimated attendance total would put the 2014 fair in the top five most attended in stair fair history.For many, the ending marks another beginning.
"We're going to farmer's pike in new castle next, and then the Tipton Pork Festival," Beth Wagner of Sirloin Tips Concessions and Catering of Zionsville.
The Wagner family is in the midst of their busy season.
"We start in April and we go through the middle of October so we travel a lot, every weekend," she said.
It's a lifestyle that comes with some bonding.
"We've been doing this as a family since 1983," Wagner said.
Several families packed the fairgrounds to see the usual sights as well as the newly renovated Coliseum and the beer and wine expo.
"We have had a very full building most of the time throughout the 17 days especially toward the afternoon and evening hours," said Indiana State Fair Spokesperson Andy Klotz.
Leaders are already looking toward improving the experience next year, as well as the State Fair smart phone app.
With 900,000 people packing the massive fairgrounds, things are bound to get lost.
"We collect things throughout the fair," Klotz said.
There are drawers full of items that have been turned in by fair goers and fair staff.
"There's a hearing aid," Klotz pointed out.
A couple of those have been found this year, along with jackets, purses, and children's shoes. Even house keys have been turned in, waiting for the owners to come forward.
"We had a set of tickets to the Keith Urban concert," an Indiana State Police Officer pointed out.
Those are useless now since the show was on August 2.
"You find some pretty unique items at the end of the fair in the lost and found," Klotz said.
A lunch box belonging to John Collier has also been turned in, along with dozens of other people's ID's and driver's licenses, credit cards, and wallets.
Now that the fair is over, items can be collected weekdays at the administration officers at the fairgrounds.
You must be able to describe the item(s) you lost before they can be returned.