Hoosiers Come Together to Support State Fair Victims

August 19, 2011

(Source: “Hoosiers find a way to share grief,” by Dan McFeely for Indystar.com)

Dale Carnegie Training of Central Indiana shares the grief of all Hoosiers in honoring the memory of those tragically killed at the Indiana State Fair. Accordingly, excerpts from today’s post are gleaned from the fine article cited above by Dan McFeely that shows the true spirit of the people of Indiana…


Roses pinned to the fence. A stuffed ducky. A long handwritten letter quoting Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8.

The makeshift memorial to the victims of Saturday’s tragic accident continued to grow at the Indiana State Fair. Hundreds of Hoosiers visiting the fair stopped by Thursday to honor the five who died.

“This is one of those things where people really don’t know what to do,” said Barry Humble, 63, Decatur, who was working the Quit Now Indiana booth a few steps from the memorial. “But I think it’s in their Hoosier nature to come and to pay their respects.”

From his booth, Humble watched it all day long. Was it depressing to be so close to such sadness? “No,” he said. “It’s an honor.”

Inside the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand, a long line of semis waited to haul away equipment for the band Sugarland, which had been waiting to perform before the stage collapsed. Nearby, inspectors continue to study the wreckage.

A fund set up for the victims of the stage collapse has collected more than $60,000 so far, and Central Indiana Community Foundation spokesman Mike Knight said

Thursday night’s concerts by Train and Maroon 5 at Conseco Fieldhouse were expected to bring in $300,000 to $500,000 for the fund.

The Indianapolis Colts also will be making a donation. Owner Jim Irsay said in a release Thursday that he will donate $1 to the Remembrance Fund for each ticket distributed for today’s preseason game against the Washington Redskins. In addition, the Colts will remember those who died with a moment of silence before kickoff.


Visit www.cicf.org to donate, or text FAIR to 27722 to make a $10 donation, that will be charged to your phone bill. Users may make up to three text donations.

Read Dan McFeely’s article in its entirety.

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