INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Pork helped get the Indiana State
Fair off to a squealing-good time with its annual Ham Breakfast.
“I’m so excited for another installment of the ham
breakfast,” said Gov. Mike Pence, adding that it has been a tradition in his
family to attend the event for several years.
He added that he has a debt of gratitude not only to Indiana
pork producers, but to all the individuals who represent the agriculture
The breakfast, Pence noted, is a great event that brings all
of the ag sectors together and is a fitting way to launch 17 days of the best
state fair in America.
“It celebrates agriculture in Indiana, and (my wife) Karen
Pence wouldn’t miss the Ham Breakfast,” he said.
Besides the breakfast, Pence mentioned that he was excited
to welcome everybody to the Indiana State Fair. Every time he sets foot on the
grounds, he said, images of his time spent as a youth at the fair flood his
“I’m a kid out here. I’m back to being about 10 years old,”
he said, adding that there truly is fun to be had at every turn on the
Pence noted that another highlight at this year’s fair will
be the Youth Arena, which is a 30,000-square-foot facility devoted to 4-H
members and their livestock projects.
While at the breakfast, the governor also encouraged those
in attendance to serve as ambassadors for Indiana agriculture. Last year alone,
he noted, more than 830,000 people visited the state fair.
“Let’s go for a record turnout this year,” he said.
Also in attendance at the Ham Breakfast was Sen. Joe
Donnelly, D-Ind., who noted that he drove all night to make it to the event in
He has been busy working with other politicians to pass the
farm bill, but he noted that if Hoosiers let their representatives know how much
they need a farm bill now, it actually will make a difference.
People can contact Donnelly’s office directly and talk with
his staff, Donnelly said. He stressed that the citizens of Indiana are his boss
and he wants to hear from them.
Donnelly added that he was really happy to be invited to the
breakfast and be back in his home state. Pork producers are one of the
cornerstones in the fight to help feed Indiana’s hungry, he noted.
“Children go to bed with full stomachs because of pork
producers,” he said.