Another beautiful day at the Indiana State Fair!
I met up with Dad and my lovely sister, Beth, and our friend, Troy, around 2:00 in the afternoon. They had already been to look at the 4-H exhibits and the goodies in the Ag/Hort Building.
After lunch (ribeye sandwich for Dad, pork BBQ for Beth, and fruit salad for me - I'd already eaten) we explored the Bicentennial Pavilion. Even though I'd spent time there already, I discovered new things to look it. I really enjoyed the Indiana German Society's exhibit. It shows Indiana towns named for German towns, an idea of the size of Germany, and German's contributions to Indiana history.
Of course I had to get the requisite photo of Dad carrying the Indiana torch. For more information on the Bicentennial Torch Relay route click here.
We wound our way around the Fairgrounds, stopping at the Glass Barn, where Dad won at hat by playing BeanGo - you can too, just visit the barn and they'll walk you through it.
We discovered that Indiana FFA member, Jessica is also from Boone County.
In Pioneer Village Dad reconnected with two of his GM Truck and Bus plant buddies, Barry and Leland, who spend the whole Fair working in Pioneer Village. You can find them in the Pioneer Village vintage machinery area making the stamped cedar shingles.
We were lucky enough to catch the machinery in action and it fired up lots of memories for Dad and his childhood on the farm .
Dad showing off the type of milk separator that he used as a kid.
After saying good-bye to the gang, I wasn't quite ready to leave.
I visited Goat Mountain next to the DNR Building.
I walked back to Pioneer Village to say happy birthday to Dick Reel and spy on the dinner setup for the Fair directors.
I found a good perch for the Daily Parade down Main Street with an ear of corn in hand. Side note...does anyone else take their corn cob home to compost? I'm not weird, right?
I popped into the Swine Barn to see a pig auction in action. I've been to lots of farm auctions, but never a livestock one - very exciting!
On my way to the Coliseum I met Rachel, a lovely reader of this series. I blushed all the way into the building after meeting here...thanks for the kind words Rachel!
I watched Haflinger Unicorn class be judged. Imagine my disappointment when I learned there were no actual unicorns! Unicorn refers to the style of hitch. You can still catch lots of big horse action in the Coliseum for the last three days of the Fair.
I'll see you tomorrow!
10:00, 2:00, 4:00 Vintage Farm Machinery in Action [Pioneer Village]
noon - 1:30 Liar's Bench [Pioneer Village]
1:00 - 4:00 Dairy Goat Olympics [Blue Ribbon Pavilion - Sheep Barn]
2:00 - 5:00 Witch Hazel People [Pioneer Village Stage]
5:30 - 7:30 Sammy Terry Show [DNR Building]
7:30 ABBA The Concert - A Tribute to ABBA [Free Stage]
Nora Spitznogle can still recite the 4-H pledge by heart and is an unabashed Indiana State Fair geek. She hasn't missed a single day of the Fair in over a decade and the stack of ribbons from entering baking competitions and ugly lamp contests in the Open Show are among her prized possessions.