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Enter the Indiana State Fair Hoosier Food Story Contest!


Indiana Humanities’ signature program, Food for Thought, engages Hoosiers in discussions about food and
how it helps define Indiana’s culture. That’s why, for the second year in a row, we’ve partnered with the Indiana State Fair to offer a Hoosier Food Story contest–complete with cash prizes.

We’re asking Hoosiers to write a short story or essay about an Indiana invention, organization or person that has contributed to our food culture. It might be about a restaurant or a farmer that is doing something contemporary, traditional or unique; it might be about Orville Redenbacher or Gilbert Van Camp, Sr.; or it might be about the Hoosier Cabinet.

Successful entries will show how the subject of the story or essay has changed Indiana’s food history or
practices. (For a sample entry, click here.)

Entrants need to follow the guidelines for the Open Class Home & Family Arts division (Click on Department 114 in the non-animal division).  The deadline to enter is July 30, with a pre-entry deadline of July 1.

Read last year’s winners (on a different theme), here.

  1. Do we submit our story through the form on upper right of this page (“Tell Us Your Hoosier Food Story”)? Do we have to send in the guidelines PDF with the entry fee as well?

  2. Hi Josh,
    I’m not sure if you have to send in the PDF guidelines. You might ask someone at the state fair. You do have to submit an entry form for the Home & Family Arts division, which can be found under Dept. 114, here: Please submit the story through the email address on the guidelines–not the box shown on our website.
    We hope you enter!

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