INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Fair is set to begin its 2017 run with the theme of “Wonderful World of Food.”

Gov. Eric Holcomb, first lady Janet Holcomb and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch will open the fair Friday morning at the State Fairgrounds on the north side of Indianapolis. It will continue through Aug. 20 with food samples, cooking demonstrations, food eating contests and other events supporting this year’s theme.

Among the musical acts appearing at the Free Stage this year will be George Thorogood and the Destroyers on Friday, a Hispanic Music Festival on Sunday, Bret Michael on Monday, Montgomery Gentry on Wednesday and Patti LaBelle on Aug. 17.