The Indiana State Fair kicked off Friday morning with a massive hot-air-balloon launch.
Governor Mike Pence and Indiana First Lady Karen Pence were on hand for the festivities, and said they were excited for this year’s fair.
“This is going to be the best state fair ever, and I just hope people take advantage over the next seventeen days to get out here to the fairgrounds,” Pence said.
Karen Pence said she was excited for the return of the hot air balloon launch as the fair’s opening event.
“I’m really glad they brought it back to the first day, because we were talking earlier, that’s kind of how you knew the fair had started,” Mrs. Pence said. “You looked out your window early in the morning and you saw the hot air balloons, and you’re like, ‘Okay, the fair has started,’ so we’re real excited to be here.”
The fair will feature its usual deep fried treats as well as alcoholic drinks for the first time in nearly 70 years. This year’s fair also marks the return of paid concerts in the fairgrounds‘ newly renovated coliseum after those concerts were suspended following the deadly 2011 stage collapse.
The fair runs through August 17.