Just as promised, the 4-H Grand Champion drives for several species were held in the completely renovated Coliseum at the Indiana State Fair. Many other livestock shows and the draft horse shows were held in the Coliseum as well.
Ted Mc Kinney, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, set the tone when he spoke to a large crowd during the 4-H Grand Champion Drive.
"The coliseum was, is now and will always be about livestock," he noted. That was welcome news to some who had originally worried that non-livestock activities might crowd out livestock shows from the Coliseum during the fair.
The Youth Arena next door to the Coliseum was used for a few livestock shows and for 4-H horse and pony competitions. Some adjustments were made from last year to make viewing and showing in the Youth Arena a better experience. With construction of the Coliseum finished, there is easier access for animals between the two arenas.
Several champions were crowned during the expanded 4-H Grand Drive, which now includes heifers, gilts and meat goats. There is no longer a spotlight sale. Instead, 4-H'ers exhibiting winning animals and other exhibits during a celebration held later in the fair.
Andy Klotz, fair communications director, reports the results of the 4-H Grand Drive.
Grand champion gilt- Jaxon Parmley, Putnam County
Grand champion heifer- Becca Chamberlin, Randolph County
Grand champion market lamb- Alex Raute, Hamilton County
Grand champion dairy steer- Jarred Templin, Kosciusko County
Grand champion beef steer- Cole Wilcox, Lawrence County
Grand champion meat goat wether- Elizabeth Michel, Wabash County
Grand champion market barrow- Abby Taylor, Wells County
Reserve grand champions were also named. In addition, several other representatives from each species were selected as "next in line" and the exhibitors will also be honored during the champions celebration.