2013 Ind. State Fair brings new experiences, no big concerts

Indianapolis Those attending this year's Indiana State Fair won't get big-name concerts, or watch events in the popular Pepsi Coliseum.

But organizers say the nation's sixth-oldest fair still has a lot of life in it.
The fair opens this Friday for its 17-day run.

Officials say it's a "unique year" without the concerts and coliseum events visitors have come to expect.

The concerts were bypassed in 2013 until a $53 million upgrade of the facility is complete.

Major musical performances were moved off site last year following the deadly stage collapse back in 2011, before a concert by country duo Sugarland.

But fairgoers will have plenty of new things to explore, including a glass barn to teach visitors about modern farming, a youth arena, and a midway geared toward smaller children.

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