By Tabby Fitzgerald

Faces of the fair: Animals—and the love of them—remain at the heart of the historic Indiana State Fair

David Moser stands with his Belgian horse Suzie Q at the Indiana State Fair on Thursday. Moser came to the fair with his wife, Carlette, from North Carolina to compete against other Belgian horses. “If you’re going to compete, you have to compete against the best,” said David—and the Indiana State Fair is it. Photo by Tabby Fitzgerald, TheStatehouseFile.com.

Faces of the fair: Animals—and the love of them—remain at the heart of the historic Indiana State Fair

Emerson, a year-old Shetland sheep from Muncie, came to the gate like a well-trained dog when his owner, Rachel Lovett, called for him. “They’re a little skittish at first, but once you get to know them, you can do anything,” Lovett said. Her family, including her daughter and sister, have competed in 4-H with Shetland sheep for years. Photo by Tabby Fitzgerald, TheStatehouseFile.com.

Faces of the fair: Animals—and the love of them—remain at the heart of the historic Indiana State Fair

Ten-year-old Addison Inbody has a favorite sheep—but not a name for it. Inbody is from Bluffton, Ohio, and traveled to the Indiana State Fair with her father to compete in various 4-H events. Inbody lives on a farm and has been around 4-H her whole life. “Showmanship is a competition, but it's a friendly competition. You don’t always have to win,” she said. Photo by Tabby Fitzgerald, TheStatehouseFile.com.

Faces of the fair: Animals—and the love of them—remain at the heart of the historic Indiana State Fair

Only a few hundred feet from the Midway at the Indiana State Fair is the Northwest Pavilion, where Hoosiers of all ages gather to watch baby chicks hatch. This baby chick constantly hopped around its empty glass cage in the front entrance of the building across from the bunnies. A steady stream of people gathered around to see if another baby would hatch soon. Photo by Tabby Fitzgerald, TheStatehouseFile.com.

Faces of the fair: Animals—and the love of them—remain at the heart of the historic Indiana State Fair

This white New Zealand bunny sits in its cage looking into the distance, as if waiting for something to happen inside the quiet Northwest Pavilion at the Indiana State Fair​​. New Zealand bunnies can weigh up to 12 pounds. This breed of bunny has been one of the more popular in the United States since 1912. Photo by Tabby Fitzgerald, TheStatehouseFile.com.

Faces of the fair: Animals—and the love of them—remain at the heart of the historic Indiana State Fair

In the back of the Northwest Pavilion, ducks and chickens wait patiently in their cages to be moved. In one open cage, sat a lone white egg, surrounded by feathers and hay. Photo by Tabby Fitzgerald, TheStatehouseFile.com.

Faces of the fair: Animals—and the love of them—remain at the heart of the historic Indiana State Fair

A white duck looks out from behind the tan bars of its cage at the Indiana State Fair as it waits to be transported. This duck’s cage was stacked among others filled with chickens and ducks in the Northwest Pavilion across from the Midway. Photo by Tabby Fitzgerald, TheStatehouseFile.com.

Faces of the fair: Animals—and the love of them—remain at the heart of the historic Indiana State Fair

Jennifer Newcom from White County holds a black and white bunny in the Northwest Pavilion. Newcom and her daughter were taking a break from the day's activities to cuddle with their competitor. Photo by Tabby Fitzgerald, TheStatehouseFile.com.

Faces of the fair: Animals—and the love of them—remain at the heart of the historic Indiana State Fair

This Plymouth Rock Barred chicken, under 1 year old, stands in its cage. It was part of the American Large Fowl Division at the Indiana State Fair. Photo by Tabby Fitzgerald, TheStatehouseFile.com.

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