I was debating about whether to ride my bike or walk to the Fair when it started sprinkling. Drive I did.

The rain didn’t dampen my enthusiasm because I was headed to Pioneer Village!

Pioneer Village is located in the northeast part of the Fairgrounds and is chock-full of old machinery, folks demonstrating old-timey tools and crafts, and music.

The Vintage Farm Machinery in Action presentation was cut short because of the rain, but that didn’t stop the guys manning the steam-powered sawmill, because they're badasses. 

There are two State Fair souvenirs that I get each year. One is a stamped cedar shingle ($2). The shingles are made from the wood they cut during the demonstrations and they are stamped near a small shack next to the demonstration field. I have one from 2004 on - pretty soon I'll be able to line my closet. 

While it is fun to get one hot off the press, I enjoy the after-hours honor process for paying. 

For a few years they have been stamping die-cut brass medallions with steam machinery.

This year they have a fancy new shed to sell them ($5) from. 

I stopped in the Glass Barn to check out where all of those "Bean there, done that" hats that seemed to be on everyone's head were coming from.  

Answer a few questions and you can have one also. 

The FFA Pavilion is home to Indiana-made products that are sold to benefit FFA programs.


Cyndi Parrott Wagner was greeting folks at the Pathway to Water Quality park. 

This kiddo was rightly proud of his Midway prize! 

#selfiewithafarmer Wayne Dillman is a native of Morgan County,  graduated from Purdue University in 1951 with a B.S. in Animal Husbandry. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, returning to Green Township in Morgan County to operate his family farm. He serves as the emcee for the Pioneer Village machinery demonstrations.


My picks for Monday: 

Noon: 4-H Cat Interactive Demonstration [Farm Bureau Building]

2:00 PM: SCUBA Demonstration [DNR Fishing Pond]

8:00 PM: Blue Monkey Sideshow [Main Street Stage]

Nora Spitznogle is a nonprofit director by day and year-round Indiana State Fair geek. She hasn't missed a single day of the Fair in over a decade. 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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