Brewers push for alcohol sales at Ind. State Fair

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Craft breweries and wineries are pushing for repeal of a law banning alcohol sales at the Indiana State Fair.

An Indiana House committee heard testimony on the proposal Tuesday. The bill has passed the Senate, but still needs the House and the governor’s approval.

Beer brewers say the fair is an opportunity to showcase Indiana-made craft beers.

State fair director Cindy Hoye says alcohol likely would be sold in an enclosed area open only to fairgoers 21 and older, but critics are skeptical about potential for underage drinking. The last alcohol-related offense reported during the fair was in 2007.

Legislators are also considering separate bills that would allow excused school absences for youths attending the fair to show animals or take part in other learning activities. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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