GREENFIELD — Under gray, rain-cooled skies, the Indianapolis Colts’ traveling museum made a stop at the fairgrounds earlier this week.
The “Colts in Motion” display, contained inside a large trailer, includes exhibits on Colts trivia, game-worn equipment and pieces of real turf from Lucas Oil Stadium and the RCA Dome for fans to compare.
Colts fans of all ages enjoyed the exhibits. Chase Morrow, 10, rated the exhibit a perfect 10 out of 10.
“My favorite part was the Trent Richardson stuff,” Chase said.
Running back Richardson’s jersey and helmet were included in the exhibit.
His father was more interested in a historical comparison.
“I didn’t realize the concept of the grass was so much different now,” said Mike Morrow, when comparing the turf from the team’s former home, the RCA Dome, to that inside Lucas Oil Stadium. The modern turf feels much more like natural grass, he said.
Other interactive exhibits were enthusiastically received as well.
“I was a big fan of seeing the size of the players’ hands. It was really cool,” said Lee McGoughey. Visitors had the opportunity to compare their hands to those of Colts players Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne.
Die-hard Colts fan James Bertran, a Greenfield-Central High School student, had seen the exhibit before but was excited to visit it again so close to home. “This is my first year seeing it here (at the fair), and it’s great,” he said.
In his 22nd year at the fair, Greenfield firefighter and EMT Kellen Holt thought the attraction was a nice change of pace for the fair.
“I think it’s cool to have something from outside of the Hancock County area,” Holt said. “It’s able to bring everyone together on a different level.”
That’s the goal of the traveling exhibit, said Cage Axford, the managing intern of the exhibit.
“Internally, we had this idea to increase our outreach in the community and interact with fans from all over the state,” he said. “We wanted to connect with them in their own locations.” In its eighth year, the attraction is seen by thousands each year. Traveling everywhere from Hancock County to Louisville, Kentucky, the mobile museum is free to groups to book. Its contents are updated annually to ensure fans can, “get a new experience each time they see us,” Axford said.
In addition to enjoying the newly updated memorabilia, fairgoers were able to pick up posters and updated season schedules, along with trying their hand at a Colts-themed cornhole game.
In addition to the exhibit’s high praise from fairgoers, event organizer Chrissy Paxton said the event was surprisingly easy to organize.
“It was really simple,” Paxton said. “All I did was send an email, and they did the rest.”
Paxton wanted the event to bring additional publicity to the fair. Her initial goal was a success. A large number of vistitors and 4-H’ers took time out to visit the exhibit.
“Anytime I see anything Colts, I have to check it out,” McGoughey said.
Mike Morrow said he and his son, Chase, were at the fair Monday to show pigs.
“We were walking back to check on them, and we happened to see (the exhibit) and love the Colts!” Morrow said.
Paxton, along with fair officials, look forward to having the 42-foot-long trailer back for future fairs. The free attraction drew large crowds during its stop on Monday evening compared to midway rides, along with generating a fresh buzz about the Colts’ upcoming season.
That was a win for both teams.