One man’s love of agriculture provides a unique experience at the Indiana State Fair. For the past twelve years Jim Williams, a farmer from Franklin, IN and his wife have had their “Farm in a Barn” on the Indiana State Fair Grounds, the last two of those twelve at USDA’s booth in the Pioneer Our Land Pavilion. Williams says the barn is 6 ½ feet wide and 21 feet long and inside you can see many different scaled models of farms. He says inside you’ll find 1/64 scaled farm equipment on replicas of grain, hog and dairy operations but notes it is never put together the same.
Williams says it takes several people five days to hand assemble the exhibit. The collection has grown significantly over the years. He says this exhibit is a great way to reach out to the fair goers to educate them about Indiana agriculture. Williams notes it isn’t like the real thing, but says people can come in and see farms in a miniature form and the visual helps them to understand, a lot.
Jim Williams says he loves agriculture and what the industry does and this is just another way to tell its story.