Indiana’s Dairy Farmers say ‘thank you!’ to vets, active-duty military with drive-thru for free State Fair Dairy Bar milkshakes on Nov 10

INDIANAPOLIS — For the second consecutive year, Indiana’s Dairy Farm Families will express their appreciation to area veterans and active-duty military personnel with sweet treats for Veterans’ Weekend!

From 10 am to 2 pm on Friday, November 10, American Dairy Association Indiana (ADAI) – the statewide organization that represents Hoosier dairy farmers – will hand out free 16-ounce chocolate and vanilla milkshakes from the legendary State Fair Dairy Bar on the grounds of the Indiana State Fair (1202 E 38th Street, Indianapolis). All US military veterans and current active-duty military personnel will receive free signature Dairy Bar milkshakes when they show their official ID in the drive-thru line. Family and friends accompanying them – up to six total occupants per vehicle – also will receive their choice of shake.

Jeff Carter of Frankfort, Indiana’s Carter Dairy Farm was among Hoosier dairy industry representatives serving free milkshakes to US veterans and active-duty military personnel during last year’s distribution. This year’s event takes place on Friday, November 10, from 10 am to 2 pm in front of the Dairy Bar at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. (photo provided by: American Dairy Association Indiana)

The first 400 served will enjoy their milkshakes from a special edition commemorative Veterans’ Weekend Cup. From 10 to 11 am, Indianapolis Colts mascot Blue will be on hand to help dispense milkshakes and instigate fun!

Guests should enter the State Fairgrounds via Gate 6 off of Fall Creek Parkway, on the east side of the Fairgrounds. They’ll be directed along the fair’s Main Street straight to the Dairy Bar, where they’ll receive their choice of a chocolate or vanilla shake.

“Again this year, we’re looking forward to welcoming our veterans and active-duty military to the Dairy Bar for sweet treats on November 10,” said Jenni Browning, American Dairy Association Indiana CEO. “While it’s impossible to thank these men and women enough for what they have done and continue to do for all of us, this is one small way of showing our enormous appreciation for their service and sacrifices – a way of letting them know we are so grateful for each and every one of them!”

The Dairy Bar is the popular destination for all types of dairy delights during the Indiana State Fair. Especially popular are the Dairy Bar’s two signature items: milkshakes and grilled cheese sandwiches. This past summer, more than 62,000 milkshakes were served to fairgoers, along with over 38,000 grilled cheese sandwiches, 20,000 ice cream cones, 6000 bowls of ice cream and more!

For additional information about American Dairy Association Indiana and dairy farming in the Hoosier state, visit

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