Is that a big, blue bison at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair?


LINK and Legacy Fund bring member of the Bison-tennial herd to Hamilton County

Hamilton County fairgoers will see a new addition to the 2016 Hamilton County 4-H Fair among the traditional sheep and cattle—a big, blue, polka-dotted bison! Visitors to Exhibition Hall A can see the painted fiberglass bison representing Hamilton County. It’s part of a larger herd roaming the state with the Bison-tennial Public Art Project, celebrating Indiana’s 200th Statehood Day. The bison statue is made possible by a grant from LINK Advisory Council, the youth council of Legacy Fund, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Two Hamilton County artists from Caravan Classes, a mobile art studio and classroom, are painting the bison with 29 polka dots representing the official code used for Hamilton County on license plates and in other places, in addition to iconic symbols of Hamilton County, including the courthouse in Noblesville and high school mascots. Fingerprints from residents will complete the bison’s transformation.

LINK Advisory Council is comprised of 15-20 Hamilton County high school students. Its grant making is supported by an annual $10,000 grant from Legacy Fund. The bison project is the product of a LINK partnership with Indiana Association of United Ways and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

Hamilton County’s bison statue will be on display at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds through Monday, July 25. It will briefly rejoin its herd at the Indiana State Fair Aug. 5 – Aug. 21.



ABOUT Legacy Fund 

Legacy Fund, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), is a $56 million public foundation that serves Hamilton County by administering charitable funds, foundations and organizational endowments for individuals, families and not-for-profit entities. Established in 1991, Legacy Fund’s goal is to inspire philanthropy as it helps people enhance their family and charitable legacies in tax-smart ways. Legacy Fund has three main priorities: consult with donors, family foundations and professional advisors on charitable giving; award grants; and provide leadership to address community needs.



Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $701 million public foundation transforming the lives of central Indiana residents in three ways: consulting donors, family foundations and their professional advisors on charitable giving; awarding grants to effective not-for-profit organizations; and providing leadership to address community needs and seize opportunities. CICF was established in 1997 as a partnership between The Indianapolis Foundation, serving Marion County since 1916, and Legacy Fund, serving Hamilton County since 1991.

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