Beer coming to Indiana State Fair

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indiana State Fair is the only state fair in the country where you can’t buy a beer.

But that’s about to change.

The Indiana House voted 75-20 on Tuesday to change that. It passed a bill that repeals the prohibition on alcohol during the fair.

The bill previously passed the state Senate and is now headed to the governor’s desk.

The change was sought not just by fair visitors but also by fair administrators as well as local brewers and wine growers who want an opportunity to display their wares along with the other agricultural products at the fair.

“It’s going to be a confined area like a beer garden with controlled access,” said Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel.)  “Nobody’s going to be able to take anything out of there and it’s their intention to highlight Indiana brewed beer and wine from Indiana wineries.”

No one in the House got up to speak against beer at the fair.

Alcoholic drinks are currently available at the Indiana State Fairgrounds during events other than the fair and, originally, beer was sold at the fair.

That changed in the 40s when a state lawmaker was offended by broken beer bottles that littered the fairgrounds.

It has taken almost 70 years to reverse that decision. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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