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8/18/2017 4:00:00 AM
Marching Millers, 4-H'ers and more
The Times photo by Betsy ReasonPeter Fulton, who won the Senior Division Male Vocal Solo category at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair, will compete at noon Sunday at the Indiana State Fair.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason

Peter Fulton, who won the Senior Division Male Vocal Solo category at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair, will compete at noon Sunday at the Indiana State Fair.

By Betsy Reason

If you missed Noblesville Marching Millers' winning Indiana State Fair Band Day performance, you can still catch it tonight.

The Indiana State Fair Band Day Champions will present a "stand still" performance of the show during the halftime of Noblesville Millers varsity football season opener at Hare Chevrolet Field. General admission is $5. Game is at 7 p.m. Millers will play Lawrence North Wildcats.

The Marching Millers won "Indiana's Best Band" on Indiana State Fair Band Day, Aug. 5, with their "Sirens" theme performance, based on the ancient Greek, mythological monsters.

Their win, earning 92.6 points out 100, was the first time since 1952.

"We are very excited to perform the 'stand-still' for the home crowd on Friday," said Noblesville High School band director Eric Thornbury, who is "extremely proud" of the students, parents, staff, administration and community.

"It takes everyone to build and maintain a successful band program," he said.

"As far as winning goes.....winning isn't our focus or our goal. We focus on rehearsing well to perform our best. This was a magical summer where everything came together. The students worked so hard, with great attitudes to perform their best."

Thornbury said, "Being recognized as the champions just cemented what we have been working towards for years, a hard-working, positive band that puts forth maximum effort all the time. I am so happy for the students that now see this type of effort and attitude equals great performances and competitive success."

If anyone did not get a chance to see the 131-member band's full State Fair production this summer, the Marching Millers will perform the full show at the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Summer Showcase on Saturday at Tipton High School. "The Marching Millers perform "Sirens" for the last time at 7:36 p.m.," Thornbury said. "So if anyone wants to see it, they should come to Tipton..."

As the Indiana State Fair winds down for the final weekend, some Hamilton County residents will compete in the 37th annual Youth Talent Contest.

Hamilton County 4-H'er Peter Fulton, 15, Fishers, a member of Mudsockers 4-H Club, and the county's 4-H Fair Talent Show winner in the Senior Division Male Vocal Solo category, will compete at noon Sunday in his division at the Farm Bureau Building Auditorium. Peter will sing "Sway," a 1953 rumba song made popular in 1954 by Dean Martin and released again in 2003 by Canadian singer Michael Bublé. Peter, who competed in the State Fair's Young Hoosier State Piano Competition, will play a public piano performance at 6:30 p.m. today in the Indiana Arts Building at the State Fair. Other 4-H Fair Senior Division Talent Show winners who qualified for State Fair included: Katherine Conrad, Female Vocal Solo; Levi Box, Dance Solo; and Isabel Winkelman, Instrumental Solo.

Addison McMillan, 11. Noblesville, the county's 4-H Fair Talent Show winner in the Junior Division Clogging Solo category will compete at 11 a.m. Saturday in her division, by clogging the 1963 hit, No. 1 single, "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash.

Throughout the run of the State Fair, we've seen a lot of Hamilton County folks, either participating or volunteering or as fairgoers. The locals I can think of, off the top of my head, include 4-H'ers Alan Burton, Danny Burton, Chris Luhring and the Canaday sisters, and 4-H Photography leader Kelly Michaels, working in 4-H Centennial Hall; Noblesville's Larry Forrer and his son, Neal, riding the Subaru Skyride high above the Fairgrounds; Reynolds Farm Equipment family member, Noblesville's Mike Lawson, working at Reynolds' display; Noblesville's Jack and Carole Cade working in the Pioneer Village kitchen; and Noblesville's Janet Gilray playing the role of Miss Melody in the Pioneer Village.

Also, you might find some locals at the State Fair's annual Open Car Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with awards at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Back home in Noblesville, don't forget about the Noblesville Rotary Club's BrewBQ, on Saturday at Federal Hill Commons. In its second year, the ticketed 21-and-older fundraiser is 4 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $50. VIsitwww.rotaryclubofnoblesville.com/brewbq/.

-Contact me at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.

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