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Attracting people to the State Fair

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INDIANAPOLIS -

It's a Hoosier tradition and this year, the Indiana State Fair wants to attract even more people.

The state fair is now up and running for another year featuring all things fair but 2013 brings new attractions to help keep the crowds coming.

State Fair spokesman Andy Koltz told Eyewitness News,"We know that people come to the State Fair each year because they like to find the same foods in the same spots they like to see the animals and the same exhibits, pioneer village but they want something new so we try to keep it fresh."

Some of the new offerings this year include a new youth arena for 4-H shows, a toddler kiddie land ride area and there is the worlds largest popcorn ball, a must stop photo opportunity.

One of the biggest draws this year is the glass barn. Not only is it impressive to see from the outside its educational and entertaining on the inside.

Using games and technology this exhibit explains how food is produced.

"Since most people don't live on farms anymore the glass barn is an opportunity for us to help people understand how we grow their food," explained Jane Ade-Stevens, CEO of the Indiana Soybean Alliance.

They also feature three local farmers who chat with visitors from their farms.

Ade-Stevens adds, "They've got their I-pad, we've got ours we use skype and we talk to the farmers and see what they're doing."

Educators from across the state were on hand Saturday learning about how the barn will be open year round for school tours.

Derek Arrowood said, "The opportunity for the state fair to be able to interact with schools to do that year round is a wonderful opportunity and we hope to take advantage of it."

Still, there is one attraction that still seems to trump them all,  "The food!," said Brooke. 

Another fair goes Johnny said, "The food...the food is the best," and no worries there is plenty of that this year.

With the 53-million dollar renovation of the Pepsi Coliseum underway, there are no large concerts this year but national acts are playing on the Marsh free stage including Kevin Costner and his band Modern West.

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