Can collectors take Lake County Fair for a ride
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent August 6, 2013 10:58PM
Lake Village residents Seth and Trenton Rindfuss, 7 and 6 respectively, and their cousins Tim Zervos, 6, and his sister Gracie, 3, also from Lake Village, watch a machine pull taffy Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at the 161st Lake County Fair in Crown Point. | Carrie Napoleon~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 8, 2013 6:24AM
CROWN POINT — Sometimes the best things about the 161st annual Lake County Fair are free.
Lake Village residents Seth and Trenton Rindfuss, 7 and 6 respectively, and their cousins Tim Zervos, 6, and his sister Gracie, 3, also from Lake Village, gleefully watched a machine pull taffy Tuesday at the saltwater taffy booth.
“Wow, look at it,” Seth said as the group clamored for a close-up look through the glass.
The boys’ mom Nicole Rindfuss said the fair has been a family tradition for at least 15 years and since the fair began the Pepsi can exchange for an afternoon ride pass, their day of choice has been Tuesday.
Rindfuss traded in 750 Pepsi cans for five afternoon ride passes, her sister another four.
“We save them year-round. We’re Pepsi drinkers anyway,” she said, adding it’s a nice way to help the Boys and Girls Club, who receive the cans for recycling.
Rindfuss said this year the rides are going to be the family’s favorite part of the fair. It is the first year the boys are old enough for some of the adult rides and mom can join them.
“I got to ride the adult bumper cars and The Sizzler,” she said. In past years, the family focused more on the animals that are such a huge part of the event.
In the Show Pavilion on Tuesday, youth were taking part in a cattle grooming event. Chase Sutton, 15, of Lowell and Connor Hayden, 11, of Hebron were competing in the senior class for the title of master groomer while current master groomer Garrett Corning, 19, also of Lowell, set the bar.
The three were busy clipping the hair on their steers to maximize the appearance of the animal’s size and strength.
“You want him to look as square as you can make him,” Corning said. Trimmers are used to grooming the hair to create a straight line for the back, coming straight down at the hind quarters to make a right angle.
This was the last year Corning, who was competing the day prior at the Indiana State Fair, is eligible. The master groomer has participated for 10 years.
“It was a good time,” he said.
Hayden advanced from the senior class to be named a master groomer during the competition. He has been grooming cattle for three years. For him, grooming is just a part of life.
“Our family raises cattle. When you go do a show you do the same thing,” he said.