|Title frame of 1964 TV Special|
|A poster advertising the second concert|
Flying in from the Philadelphia show the night before, The Beatles arrived in Indianapolis at the Indiana State Fair on September 3, 1964. They kicked their afternoon concert off in the fairgrounds' Coliseum, where they performed their 12-song set list running a little over a half-hour, before 10,000, or so, screaming fans.
Since the show was an immediate sellout and the demand for tickets was so high, The Beatles agreed to do a second show in the evening, but since the coliseum was booked for another State Fair event, they had to set the stage up on a dirt race track in front of the grandstand.
|Miss Indiana State Fair, Cheryl Lee Garrett. Derek Taylor picks his teeth. Photo: Curt Gunter|
|More images from the TV Special "Our Fair Beatles"|
The complete press conference was filmed for WISH-TV’s special 'Our Fair Beatles'.
|From the press conference|
The film can be broken down into these chapters: airport arrival, concert at the State Fair Coliseum (two songs), the complete press conference, a TV interview, some hotel scenes from the day after and the departure at the airport.
I haven't been able to find an online source for the original TV special, but here's a two-part report by Ken Owen, aired on WISH in Indianapolis on November 20 and 21, 1995, about the event.
For the radio broadcast, see this blog post. For the TV Special, you'll have to find a bootleg DVD. The film is included on FAB Productions' "On tour with The Beatles" series.
|Bootleg DVD containing the "Our Fair Beatles" TV Special and lots more.|
Furthermore, a book is due out this spring from Butler Books by David Humphrey, "All Those Years Ago, Fifty Years Later Beatles Fans Still Remember." The book is filled with over 40 interviews from fans and journalists that attended the Beatles' concerts at the 1964 Indiana State Fair. Photographs and interesting documents are also included.