For several years now, the Indiana Standardbred Association, in cooperation with the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development, has offered free tours of one of the Speed Barns during the Indiana State Fair. The display has proven to be a popular stop for fair-goers, who enjoy learning about the sport of harness racing.
The Speed Barn displays include two racehorses for people to interact with along with equipment displays such as jog carts and race bikes, driver’s colors, harnesses, and other pieces of equipment associated with racing. The display also includes oversized boards with fun facts about the Standardbred breed as well as history of racing in the state of Indiana. The booths are manned by volunteers from the ISA, the Breed Development and others involved in the sport, giving a great overview and people able to answer questions that come up.
The Speed Barn display began with the start of the Indiana State Fair and will run through the duration of the event, which closes Sunday, Aug. 21. The times for the open barn tours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The Speed Barns will not be available to guests on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and Thursday, Aug. 11 during the live harness racing programs at the State Fair, which will feature the $25,000 Governor’s Cup Championships on the final day of action.
Volunteers are still needed for the Speed Barn Tours. To volunteer or to get more information about the display, contact Emily Dever, ISA Director, through Facebook or by email at Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org.