Two new developments at the Indiana State Fairgrounds

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The owners of Hi & Mighty — Dan and Jamie Fahrner. | Photo via Hi & Mighty Distillery

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It’s not fair season yet, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t exciting things happening at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Two new developments are underway, and no doubt you’ve noticed the construction if you’ve driven by.

🐖 Fall Creek Pavilion

This project has been years in the making. Replacing the nearly century-old Swine Barn will be the Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion, which will be a multi-use building combining a best-in-class livestock facility with an indoor track for several sporting uses.

The $50 million, 197,000 sqft project will have 25-ft ceilings + restore the historic features of the 1923 structure. Though it won’t be open until summer 2023, it’s already on track to host the 2025 NCAA Division II Track and Field Championship.

🍸 Hi & Mighty Distillery

Hi & Mighty Distillery is also on its way to the fairgrounds — a full-scale distillery, tasting room + booze garden. Owners Dan and Jamie Fahrner said they wanted to open a place for everyday celebrations after coming back from a trip to the Italian countryside, where people celebrated all the time.

Construction will begin next month on the Indiana State Fairgrounds campus. Though the distillery doesn’t have an open date yet, it will be releasing a few of its products to be sold in liquor stores this spring, including a Lemon Shake Up cocktail perfect for fair fans.

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