Well I have failed again... I didn't get my Farmer Fridays post done yesterday. Believe it or not, it wasn't from lack of effort, but The Farmer and I are actually on a mini, mini vacation to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and our Internet connection at the hotel was a little less than desirable last night. Any way, it is working much better this morning so I thought I go ahead an post this week's Farmer Fridays.
The 2010 Indiana State Fair starts this coming Friday, August 6th. I have always loved the State Fair. I have great memories of showing my pigs and sheep there as a 4-Her and can only wait for when my children will be able to show at the State Fair. In fact, even though we didn't know each other then, The Farmer and I both showed pigs at the State Fair at the same time.
This year's State Fair is even more exciting to me than most as the theme for the 2010 Indiana State Fair is The Year of Pigs presented by Indiana Pork Farmers. As one of those Indiana pork farmers, who could be more excited about The Year of Pigs than me.
In honor of The Year of Pigs, I thought I would share some interesting pork facts with you courtesy of Indiana Pork.
- Indiana has over 3,000 pork farmers around the state
- 94% of Indiana's pork farms are family owned and operated
- Indiana is the fifth largest producer of pork in the United States
- Indiana's pork industry employs more than 13,000 people
Indiana's pork industry spends more than $600 million in local rural communities
Indiana's pork industry contributes more than $3 billion annually to Indiana’s economy
Indiana's pork industry is the leading consumer of Indiana grain—more than $300 million worth
Indiana marketed 8 million pigs last year
Indiana's pork farmers deliver the annual pork needs of every man, woman, and child in Indiana… plus 15 million more people in the U.S., plus 5 million more people around the world!
So if you happen to be in the Indianapolis area August 6th - 22nd, don't forget to check out the Indiana State Fair, The Year of Pigs, and the Garbage Burger.
P.S. In the coming days, I will be having my first give-a-way which will have something to do with the Indiana State Fair so stay tuned.
P.P.S. Don't forget to check out the video my Goode friend and her family made for the special Year of Pigs YouTube contest.