The 2013 Indiana State Fair's slogan is "Fun at every turn." That will be the case Aug. 5 for IZOD IndyCar Series driver Alex Tagliani.
He will don a beaver costume and ride around the fairgrounds on a tricycle as the payoff of a two-week online charity fund-raising contest between Tagliani and Scott Dixon, who raised $7,036 for two groups that focus on cancer-stricken young people (CanTeen and Teens Living with Cancer).
Tagliani raised almost $6,000 for Anaphyaxis Canada, an organization that helps people with life-threatening allergies, in the Power of 2 initiative.
Tagliani will wear a beaver costume, representative of his native Canada, while stopping along the way to have some State Fair fun. He will begin his journey at 11 a.m. on Main Street and proceed around the fairgrounds to perform the following tasks:
* Pose for photo with the world's largest male hog at the Swine Barn
* Chug a milkshake at the Dairy Bar
* Try to ring the bell at the "Strong Man" game on the midway
* Pose for photo with the world's largest popcorn ball at the Agriculture/Horticulture Building
* Feed the goats at Goat Mountain next to the Department of Natural Resources Building
* Dance with The Fun Bunch line dancers
* Milk a dairy cow in the Livestock Nursery in the Family Fun Park
Once he successfully completes the circuit, Tagliani and Dixon will duel in go-karts at the Mini-Indy Speedway, a quarter-mile banked oval track in the fairgrounds' northeast corner. Both will compete in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio the previous day.
Had Dixon placed second in the fund-raising effort, he would have had to tour the fair in a sheep costume. For more information about the Power of 2 initiative, visit www.power-of-2.org.