The Fairgrounds Coliseum opened this year to much fanfare, contributing to Indiana State Fair's third-highest attendance on record.

Although the official theme of this year’s Indiana State Fair was “A Time to Celebrate,” the subtheme, “Year of the Coliseum,” seemed more appropriate.

The fair, held Aug. 1-17, provided a more public unveiling of the $63-million Fairgrounds Coliseum than its April 24 ribbon-cutting ceremony, and a chance for 954,884 fair...

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