Nora at the 2016 Indiana State Fair - Day Sixteen 

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I had peeked in on the Farm Auction (always last Saturday of the Fair) before, but never participated. I slogged through the rain to get to Opry House in Pioneer Village to get a bid number. 

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The auction is a show in itself- comedy and a sale. The items are a mix of items handmade during the Fair by the crafts people in Pioneer Village old farmy things and new donated collectibles. I did some bidding but didn't win anything. My goal was to win Dick Reel's bench, but it sold for way out of my price range - $1250! All of the money for the auction goes to a fund for Pioneer Village so it was for a good cause. 

I was thrilled to see Mauri Williamson, Pioneer Village founder - among other many accomplishments - at the auction. I've been taking selfies with Mauri since before there was the word 'selfie.' I was afraid that I'd have to settle for my photo with the cardboard version one. 

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  • Cardboard Mauri
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  • Real-life Mauri

I spent the rest of my visit drying off - I've been trying not to talk about the weather too much, but Holy Cattle Barn! The rain was so loud on the tin roof of the Opry House that it drowned out the auctioneer at times. 
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I was happy to catch up with Cousin Sarah and her beautiful family at the Fairgrounds. Here we are modeling our finest rainy day Fair-going fashion. 

Sarah and her family were at a company picnic - what a fun idea! I'm glad it dried up enough for their daughters to explore the Fair. I saw a photo of the girls with a giant stuffed blue monkey - clearly the day was a success! 

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I walked around the Fairgrounds, visiting my ribbons in the Indiana Arts Building, shopping for Ball jars in the F
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FA Building, and picking up some pork chop sandwiches to share at my Red Key shift later. 

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I watched the pedal tractor pull competition. First of all - it's harder than it looks. Secondly, there is some tough competition out there!

I had to leave (after only six hours) for work. I'm starting to get nostalgic, the Fair is over tomorrow....I'll see you there!  

Sunday picks: 
noon - 3:00 - Rhythm Wreckers [Pioneer Village Stage]
noon - 4:00 - Ice Cream "Crank-Off' [Pioneer Village Opry House]
3:00 - 9:00 - Gospel Music Fest [Free Stage]
6:30      Parade [Main Street]  

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. 


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