Celebration Awards Debut at New Youth Arena Dedication

first_imgGrand Champion 4-H Meat Type ChickensJames Champ, 17 of Cass County Champion 4-H Meat Pen of RabbitsKayla Patrick, 18 of Huntington County Reserve Grand Champion 4-H SteerAusten Irvin, 18 of Henry County Grand Champion 4-H Market LambEryn Schinbeckler, 17 of Whitley County Reserve Champion 4-H Duroc BarrowKellen Woods, 14 of Tipton County Audio Playerhttps://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2013/08/Jnterview-with-Steve-Simmerman.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Andre LacyAmong the many changes occurring at the 2014 Indiana State Fair is the new 4-H Celebration Awards that replace the longstanding 4-H Spotlight Sale of Champions.  This was the first event to be held in the newly constructed Youth Arena following its official dedication on Saturday. The $10 million facility located behind the Coliseum was designed specifically for livestock shows and was made necessary by the 2 year renovation of the Coliseum that is currently underway. Andre Lacy, chairman of the State Fair Commission, said the story behind the Youth Arena is an amazing one. Champion 4-H Shropshire LambKyra Schinbeckler, 11 of Whitley County Champion 4-H Maine SteerRachael Rogers, 11 of Noble County Facebook Twitter Champion 4-H Dorset Market LambKyle Garringer, 18 of Jay County Grand Champion 4-H Commercial WaterfowlNoah Roy, 14 of Tippecanoe County Champion 4-H Yorkshire BarrowKelsey Bauer, 18 of Huntington County Governor Pence participated in the presentation which was sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.   Simmerman told HAT that next year the Celebration Awards would return to the newly renovated Coliseum with video screens, spotlights, music, and a production worthy of the hard work and achievements of the 4-H youth.  Immediately following the awards, the Supreme Showmanship competition was held. Champion 4-H Meat Goat WhetherMegan Brooks, 18 of Clark County Reserve Champion 4-H Black Faced Crossbred Market LambJordan Stillwell, 17 of Clinton County With the Coliseum closed, there was no place to hold livestock shows during the State Fair and no money in the budget to build one.  Lacy said the State Fair then embarked on its first private fund raising endeavor to raise the $10 million to construct the state of the art Youth Arena.  The facility, which holds two separate livestock rings and provides a modern, intimate setting for 4-H competitions and animal expositions, was build with private donations from companies and individuals.  The Youth Arena’s stylish exterior includes tinted glass and Indiana limestone. Inside, it has an arena floor comparable to the Coliseum’s with easy access for people and livestock.  While the facility has been in use during the State Fair, the official dedication took place on Saturday with Governor Pence and Lt. Governor Ellspermann participating. 2013 Indiana State FairCelebration AwardsPresented By Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Reserve Grand Champion 4-H BarrowKatelyn O’Farrell, 17 of Carroll County Champion 4-H Chester White BarrowDalaney Vickrey, 12 of Huntington County Champion Cache of 4-H HoneyWyatt Helfin, 15 of Wabash Countycenter_img Previous articleTodd Janzen: Fight Over Tractor Teaches the Lesson of “Mutual Mistake”Next articleHas the Indiana State Fair Abandoned Livestock Agriculture? Gary Truitt Champion 4-H Spot BarrowConnor Young, 19 of Howard County Celebration Award for Megan Berry, 15 of Hendricks CountyFollowing the unveiling of the plaque that will be place on the front of the building, the Celebration Awards took place. Here 25 awards were presented to 4-H exhibitors in recognition of their championship achievements at the 2013 State Fair. State Fair Board President Steve Simmerman explained that the livestock auction had been losing financial support for several years, and it was becoming more difficult for families to raise funds locally.  This new system rewards each winner with funds provide solely by the Indiana State Fair. While some parents attending the program missed the tradition of the auction in the Coliseum, they admitted this system was much easier and less stressful on the families involved.    The financial award given to each exhibitor was determined by a formula that involved their champion status, market value, and Celebration Award. SHARE Facebook Twitter Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market LambEryn Schinbeckler, 17 of Whitley County Celebration Awards Debut at New Youth Arena Dedication Champion 4-H Hampshire Market LambSamantha Raute, 18 of Hamilton County Home News Feed Celebration Awards Debut at New Youth Arena Dedication Champion 4-H Chianina SteerBrooke Hayden, 11 of Jasper County Champion 4-H Oxford Market LambCollin Tennant, 15 of Wabash County Reserve Champion 4-H Meat Goat WhetherElizabeth Michel, 14 of Wabash County Champion 4-H Dairy SteerJared Templin, 15 of Kosciusko CountyChampion 4-H Simmental SteerClayton Main, 14 of Jackson County Champion 4-H Garden Exhibit Megan Berry, 15 of Hendricks County SHARE Grand Champion 4-H BarrowCole Wilcox, 15 of Lawrence County By Gary Truitt – Aug 11, 2013 Grand Champion 4-H SteerTeegan Brumbaugh, 18 of Noble Countylast_img read more