Sights and sounds of opening day at the Indiana State Fair

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Fried food, award-winning farm animals, and a live band in cowboy hats.

Those are just a few of the sights and sounds from the Indiana State Fair’s opening day. That’s exactly where Bill Grubbs and his family wanted to be.

“That’s what we do. Some people have boats and go on exotic vacations. What we do is, we show 4-H pretty much year round,” Gruggs said.

He’s one of thousands who flocked to the fairgrounds for opening day.

Two others: Zach Rayce and his 300 pound pig, Ruby. Rayce came from Putnam County to show her off.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity. I love the people here and they’re always really supportive. It’s just a wonderful opportunity and a way to put yourself out there,” Rayce said.

The swine shows are competitive, just like the watermelon seed spitting contest.

That’s where Chloe Lucas from Monticello took first¬†place.

“I’m really excited,” the youngster said.

Chloe said she’ll be back next year to win again, but it might be tough after she gave away her secret.

“When it’s slippery, it can go Iike really fast and forward,” she said of her technique.

From heated contests to hot food, everyone’s dancing to their own beat at the state fair.

It’s a song that Grubbs has been looking forward to hearing all year.

“Just a great fair. Great opening day. The weathers perfect,” he said. 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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