State Fair's Year of Popcorn begins Friday

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The Indiana State Fair gets underway later this week and there are some big changes and new attractions this year.  And some new technology could make your visit less complicated.

One of the big changes you can check out even before the fair begins is a new digital app that will transform your fair experience. The entire schedule is available on the app, including every concert and event. Maps and how to find discounts to get into the fair are also available.

Another new addition is set up near the main entrance - a new kiddie land - with ten rides designed just for toddlers.

One place that won't house events - the Coliseum. It's currently undergoing a $53-million renovation. But since there's been so much interest in the project, you'll actually be able to see the progress. There will be tours of the building so you can see how things are going.

But part of the Coliseum complex will open and be used this year, according to State Fair spokesman Andy Klotz. "It includes a new $10-million component that is the youth arena that opens this fair that will be our main livestock arena for this years' fair," he said. "But the Coliseum comes back online next year and this will be a way for people to see all the progress that's been made."

This is the year of popcorn. So another attraction will be the world's largest popcorn ball. The current record is 5200 pounds, and they hope to break that.

The fair runs from August 2 through August 18.  Admission is $10 dollars at the gate, or $7 if you buy tickets in advance. Kids five and under get in free.