State Fair Masters

Traditional Arts Indiana and the Indiana State Fair wish to recognize individuals for their mastery of a particular tradition and for their dedication to sharing their knowledge at the fair, year after year. These men and women give generously of themselves by exhibiting, demonstrating, or performing, at both the county and state fairs. They are well known by neighbors and friends in home communities for a particular skill and for their commitment to passing their excellence on to others. Here is a full list of our award-winning artisans:

Pearce McKinney, Master Sheep Breeder (Montgomery County)

Mauri Williamson, Pioneer Village Founder (Tippecanoe County)

Mary Alice Collins, Master Baker (Hancock County)

Mary Schwartz, Master Needlepoint Artist (Marion County)

Blessing Family, Master Dairy Farmers (Allen County)

Harold Stark, Master Mechanic (Marion County)

Wayne and Helen Drake, Master Hog Breeders (Wayne County)

The Roney Family, Master Apple Growers (Hancock County)
Patti Light, Master Baton Twirler (Boone County)

Gerry Gray and the Family Reunion String Band (Marion County)
Donna Jo Copeland, Master Spinner and Weaver (Morgan County)

Noble Melton, Master Fiddler (Marion County)
Gerry and Ralph Dunkin, Master Miniature Donkey Breeders (Hendricks County)

Jack Rodibaugh and Family, Master Breeding Stock Swine Producers (Jasper County)
Bill Harshbarger, Master Sheep Shearer and Sharpener (Clay County)

Ted Huber, Huber Winery, Master Winemaker (Clark County)
The Piecemakers, Master Quilters (Vanderburgh County)

Mike Farrar and Family, Master Gardeners (Marion County)
Wilma Jean Swann and Martha Miller, Master Seamstresses (Daviess and Posey Counties)

Mary K. Borgman, Master Candy Maker (Hancock County)
Jim and Randee Patton Family, Master Angus Seed Stock Breeders (Montgomery County)

Bill Canary, from the Canary family, Master Historic Dairy Farming Interpreters (Johnson County)
Lee and Crae Eller, Master Belgian Draft Horsemen (Hamilton County)

State Fair Master Award
George Harrell, Master Wool Grader and Sheep Judge (Johnson County)
Keith Ruble, Master Bowl Hewer and Log Cabin Builder and Restorer (Vigo County)
Nancy Schuman and Mary Schuman Master Bakers (Johnson and Marion Counties)

2 Responses to State Fair Masters

  1. Donna McElwain says:

    How do I nominate someone for State Fair Masters award?

  2. admin says:

    Hi Donna,
    You can contact our office at or (812) 855-0418 if you have someone you’d like to nominate!

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