I’ve been wanting to attend the 4-H Grand Drive in the Coliseum for years, but my timing was always off. All of the champion and reserve champion market animals are gathered on the floor of the arena and the best of those are chosen for each class – dairy steer, meat goats, sheep, rabbit meat, barrow, beef Heifer, and beef steer.
The Grand Drive was even more spectacular than I imagined. Indiana Governor Halcomb delivered the opening address, the 4-H pledge* and Pledge of Allegiance was recited and we all sang the National Anthem as an American Flag arrived via horseback rider. I loved the pageantry and was excited for the 4-H'rs. There were several references to the honor of being on the dirt - the dirt floor of the Coliseum.
I was there to cheer Arie Martin, one of my cousin's grandchildren on. Arie is from Cass County and earned the well-deserved 4-H Reserve Champion Dorset Market Lamb honor this year.
All of the 4-H'rs that earned Champion and Reserve Champion titles walked onto the dirt and around the arena floor to great cheers and fanfare.
They started the judging with the pigs - the kiddos do a great job keeping the swine in line when all the pigs want to do is rut in the dirt and bunch up in groups - it's a little comical to watch from above.
It was exciting to hear Arie's name when the market lambs entered the dirt, and he did a wonderful job of showing off that award-winning Dorset Lamb! Well done!
Of course, no trip to the State Fair for me would be complete without visiting The Lamp. She's still standing tall in all of her blank-eyed glory.
Indianapolis's own, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, drew a huge crowd for his Free Stage appearance. He put on a fabulous show and I just love seeing everyone outdoors and happily singing along!
It was another great day at our Indiana State Fair.
I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service,
and my health to better living,
for my club, my community, my country, and my world.