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Hoosier Perspectives: In this edition of Spotted … in Indiana: Where can you find this mural?

Tom J. Bechman

October 19, 2023

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A mural on a side of a building with illustrations of cows and a colorful and geometric background
NAME THE TOWN: Identify the town where you can see this mural and earn entry into a drawing for a gift card. Here’s a hint: The town is a county seat in Indiana. Tom J. Bechman

Most people would likely paint a picture of dairy cows in a green pasture if given the opportunity to promote dairy in a mural. This artist was more creative, creating an eye-popping mural that didn’t escape our camera.

If you’ve been to the town where this mural resides, you’ve likely seen these upscale dairy cows. It’s one of at least two paintings on buildings in this county-seat town.

Identify the town and you can win a $25 gift card. A winner will be drawn from all correct entries. Send your guess to [email protected] or mail to: 599 N., 100 W., Franklin, IN 46131. Please include your physical mailing address.

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Based on the number of correct guesses for the facility featured in the October issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer, the Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion will soon be an iconic location. It’s located on the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Opened this year, it replaced the Swine Barn, first used in 1923. The new facility will be busy this winter and next spring hosting indoor track and field meets. Key sponsors include Indiana Farm Bureau Inc. and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.

Congratulations to Joette Webber, Kokomo, Ind., winner of the gift card drawing. Remember, send a horizontal, large-format digital photo of anything unique you spot in Indiana. If used in the column, we will send you a gift card.

About the Author(s)

Tom J. Bechman

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer, Farm Progress

Tom J. Bechman is editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer. He joined Farm Progress in 1981 as a field editor, first writing stories to help farmers adjust to a difficult harvest after a tough weather year. His goal today is the same — writing stories that help farmers adjust to a changing environment in a profitable manner.

Bechman knows about Indiana agriculture because he grew up on a small dairy farm and worked with young farmers as a vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor before joining Farm Progress. He works closely with Purdue University specialists, Indiana Farm Bureau and commodity groups to cover cutting-edge issues affecting farmers. He specializes in writing crop stories with a focus on obtaining the highest and most economical yields possible.

Tom and his wife, Carla, have four children: Allison, Ashley, Daniel and Kayla, plus eight grandchildren. They raise produce for the food pantry and house 4-H animals for the grandkids on their small acreage near Franklin, Ind.

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