Pence back in Indiana to kick off 160th State Fair
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The 160th Indiana State Fair is underway. Over the next 17 days, thousands of people will pour into the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It was all kicked off Friday by Indiana Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence.
The State Fair is a perfect opportunity for politicians to snag photo-ops. Pence is making sure the national news cameras that follow his every step got shots of him hanging with the cattle and handing out milkshakes to fairgoers.
“Here in Indiana it’s the opening of the Indiana State Fair and also they’re doing something in Rio, with the Olympics, I said opening of the Olympics, opening of the Indiana State Fair, it just doesn’t get any better than that, right?” he told the crowd at the Friday morning fair kickoff event.
It was a whirlwind morning for the Governor. He and the first lady made multiple stops throughout the fairgrounds that included opening a traveling bicentennial exhibit, stopping by First Lady Karen Pence’s own watercolor art exhibit, and shaking hands outside the Indiana dairy pavilion.
“Some people you could ask, who’s the Governor of Indiana and they wouldn’t know, but now because he’s in the limelight more,” said Sarah Kaufmann, an Indiana State Fair staple, known to many as “The Cheese Lady.”
The context of this year’s fair is different than ever before with Pence thrusting it onto a national stage.
“To have Governor Mike Pence of the ticket shines a spotlight on Indiana and elevates our state fair which is all about showcasing Indiana,” said Suzanne Crouch, the Indiana State Auditor and Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
From the fair, Pence headed to Wisconsin where campaign officials said he hosted a campaign event in Green Bay.