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2014 Indiana State Fair opening ceremonies feature symbolic 'mixing of old and the new.'

Tom Bechman 1

August 1, 2014

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The Indiana State Fair officially kicked off Friday with activities inside and outside the Coliseum. Inside, the Indiana Pork Producers held their annual ham breakfast.

"This is a great tradition and we're glad to see it continue," says Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who addressed the who's who of agriculture crowd.

Pence also praised the $63 million renovation of the Coliseum, which preserved the original framework but completely renovated everything inside. It will be host to dozens of activities over the next 17 days, including the National Belgian Draft Horse Show. The show had been held in Iowa for 54 years before coming to Indiana this year.


Related: Indiana State Fair Coliseum Officially Reopens

"The Indiana pork industry is key to Indiana agriculture and this state, and forever will be," Pence told the crowd before naming legislation passed earlier this year that helps put agriculture on a solid footing going into the future.

The opening ceremonies held in the Coliseum just after the breakfast featured introduction of the Indiana State Fair Board members. Both Cindy Hoye, director of the fair, and others, including Governor Pence, praised them for their hard work. The Indiana State Fair Commission was also recognized for the important role its members play in insuring that the fair is successful each year.

"This will be the greatest Indiana State Fair ever, and the greatest state fair in the country," Pence proclaimed. "Go home and tell your neighbors they need to come see the renovated Coliseum and enjoy the Indiana State Fair."

Before the program ended, Hoye asked everyone on stage to take small bottles of dirt by their chairs and dump them together into milk cans at the front of the stage. "We saved dirt from the floor of the coliseum before we began. Some bottles have that dirt," she said.

Related: Indiana State Fair: What if the Site Was Moved 40 Years Ago?

"We also filled some bottles with the new dirt now on the floor. We're going to mingle them together as we dump them into milk cans to show that the old and new are still part of the Coliseum and the fair."

The Indiana State Fair runs through August 17.

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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