The Right Stuff

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Covered bridge from the trolley

Covered bridge seen from the trolley

Why did the tomato blush? It saw the salad dressing. You’ll hear that joke along with two other gems on the architectural trolley tour of the Indiana State fairgrounds. This is the year of the tomato at the State Fair.

The tour started at the DNR building and lasted about a half-an-hour. Our tour guides, Amy Walker and Adrienne Schmetzer of the DNR division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, provided the commentary (and the jokes) as the trolley made its way around the fairgrounds.

On the tour you’ll hear about the history of the fair and history of the buildings, all that good stuff. One of the juicy nuggets of information they share with the riders is which performer holds the record for largest attendance at a State Fair concert. Any guesses. The headline of the article didn’t tip you off. You looked up at the headline right now didn’t you? So you figured it out, right. The New Kids on the Block are the record holders with a crowd of 18,000 in 1989.

Are you interested in taking the trolley tour, stop by the DNR building at 7 p.m. on most nights. That’s the only way you’re going to hear the other two tomato jokes.
– Don

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One Response to “The Right Stuff”

  1. Ginger Murphy Says:

    Hey – there were no tomato jokes when I took the trolley for the first time a couple years ago (figured I better at least try it!). We got stuck in the tractor parade and ended up waving at parade watchers all along the main street. My trolley ride lasted about an HOUR and a half. It was fun!

    You’re doing a good job with these blogs, Don. Keep up the good work!

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