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Focus of Indiana State Fair Coliseum: Livestock Shows

Focus of Indiana State Fair Coliseum: Livestock Shows
Indiana State Fair 4-Hers exhibit winning animals and showcase champions during 4-H Grand Drive

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.

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"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.

Indiana State Fair 4-Hers exhibit winning animals; showcase champions during 2014 4-H Grand Drive

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.

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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.

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