Hog Wrestling

Nathan Norris, 13, left, Hunter Kippenbrock, 12, and Maverick Merkel, 13, trailed by Daven Shelton, 12, all of Jasper, competed as the Pig Pickers in the hog wrestling competition during the 50th annual Dale Fall Fest.

Pigs slowly made their way towards the people-lined fence before the hog wrestling competition during the 50th annual Dale Fall Fest.

Pig-topped trophies were awarded to members of the winning teams at the hog wrestling competition during the 50th annual Dale Fall Fest.

Members of The Wild Hogs, from left, Shelden Smith of Fulda, 13, Kayden Bell of Mariah Hill, 12, Marcus Becher of Mariah Hill, 13, and Camden Schipp of Santa Claus, 13, placed their pig on the tire with a time of 15.85 seconds, earning first place in the boys aged 10-15 division at the hog wrestling competition during the 50th annual Dale Fall Fest.

Grace Maurer of Grand View, 11, required assistance from her mother Krista Maurer, left, and Edward Sharp to remove the tape holding her shoes on and the mud out after the hog wrestling competition during the 50th annual Dale Fall Fest.

Members of The Raggedy Hams, from left, Madison Wagner of Santa Claus, Leslie Kern of Bristow and Gaby Sloni-Perez of Dale, all 12, pursued their pig at the hog wrestling competition during the 50th annual Dale Fall Fest. They put the pig on the tire in 33.84 seconds.

Elizabeth Northrup of Dale wrangled a pig as she competed with the Pork-Inators at the hog wrestling competition during the 50th annual Dale Fall Fest. The Pork-Inators finished in 40.41 seconds.

Ashley Denton of Owensboro celebrated placing second in the women's division with her team, The Old South Bar-B-Cuties, while wearing her hat that was submerged in the mud at the hog wrestling competition during the 50th annual Dale Fall Fest. The Old South Bar-B-Cuties finished with a time of 30.87 seconds.

Mykela Tanner of Huntingburg, 11, rinsed off a boot belonging to her cousin Katlyn Betz of Schnellville, 11, in the water sprayed by a Dale Fire Department truck after the hog wrestling competition during the 50th annual Dale Fall Fest.

Members of The City Slickers-- Raul Rosas of Indianapolis, left, Michael Los of Chicago and Dominic Eble of Indianapolis-- showed off their first place trophies for the men's 16 and over division after the hog wrestling competition during the 50th annual Dale Fall Fest. The City Slickers, along with teammate Evan Buckmaster of Bloomington, won first place with a time of 18.57 seconds. Their mother-in-law Geri Smith of Santa Claus sponsors their team every year.

Discarded tape and abandoned shoes littered the wash area as Lillian Schnell of St. Anthony, Katlyn Betz of Schnellville and her cousin Mykela Tanner of Huntingburg, all 11, rinsed off after the hog wrestling competition during the 50th annual Dale Fall Fest. The girls did not compete but their ring-side seats left them covered in mud.

Indiana Summers

As the spinning slowed to a gentle sway, Elijah Buechler of Celestine, 9, took in a moment to himself after his brother Aiden, 11, and cousin Carson Jacob of Schnellville, 9, retreated indoors at the Celestine home of their aunt, Marla Haas. The boys had taken turns riding the tire swing as the others spun it as fast as they could. Elijah said that the swing can be relaxing once the dizziness subsides. "They have fun when they come here. They always say this is their favorite place," said Marla.

After serving hot lunches to U.S. service members and veterans, Brandon Robinson of Jasper, 9, joined a table with members of Indiana National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry during Community CHEW at Jasper Middle School. "It gives the kids a good feeling to be able to talk to a real solider, sailor, marine or airman. It's not something they get to do everyday," said Navy veteran David L. Prepster Sr. of Huntingburg. Community CHEW — Child Hunger Ending Workshop — is a nonprofit organization that offers a hot meal and afternoon of activities to food-insecure students in Greater Jasper and Holy Trinity Catholic schools.

On Thursday evening, Joe DeKemper of Dubois stopped by the family farm after work-- just like he does everyday-- to give water to the herd of Charolais-Simmental cross cattle that he looks after with his brothers Tom and Terry. Since their father, Morris DeKemper, passed away last year, the three brothers have worked together to maintain the 80-acre cattle farm where their mother, June, lives in Dubois. Their late father’s 1986 GMC Sierra Classic 2500 pick-up truck hauls the 500-gallon water tank needed to transport water from the farm pond or Patoka River to the cattle’s water trough.

Clara Boeglin, left, and Bernice Begle, both of St. Henry, watched as John Lubbers of Ferdinand dropped his raffle tickets into the box for a chance to win a quilt made by the Christian Mothers of St. Henry Catholic Church during St. Henry Heinrichsdorf Fest.

Rylan Scherer of Jasper, 7, attempted to regain his balance on the diving board before ultimately falling backwards into the water as Makenzie Buchta of Jasper, 10, waited her turn at the Jasper home of Rylan's grandmother, Pam Hughes. Pam watches her grandchildren every day. "I'm blessed," she said. "A lot of people would love to take care of their grandkids." Each day this summer their routine has included two hours of pool time.

Collin and Brooke Daunhauer laughed as a hen pecked at the clovers that Brooke held out for it at their Ferdinand home. “It’s so much easier than you think to care for them,” Brooke said. While their five chickens only require a few minutes a day, Brooke and Collin spend time with their hens every evening because they find it relaxing. “Sometimes they’re more entertaining than TV,” said Collin. Seeing so much personality in their chickens was one of the reasons Brooke and Collin stopped eating meat and now maintain plant-based diets.

Dubois County Sheriff's Department jail officer Hannah Merter shot at a target during handgun training at the gun range near Beaver Lake in Jasper. Sheriff's deputies and jail officers completed the state qualification course for handguns and participated in handgun exercises to practice tactical skills such as recognizing targets, various shooting positions and taking cover.

Greg Sekula of New Albany, Indiana Landmark's southern regional director, dragged a mattress found upstairs to a dumpster outside at the Koerner Commercial Block building in Birdseye. The interior of the building will be emptied of all items with no historical significance. Indiana Landmarks hopes to find a buyer that is willing to rehabilitate the building or that the Save The Koerner Block Committee is able to form a nonprofit to support the efforts.

Jasper Assistant Police Chief Nathan Schmitt watched as Indiana State Police and Jasper Police officers folded the American flag that was draped over the casket of Jasper Police Chief J. Michael Bennett during the burial service for Bennett, a Vietnam War veteran, at Fairview Cemetery in Jasper. Schmitt presented the flag to J. Michael Bennett's wife, Ann. 

Tom DeKemper of Jasper walked along the herd of Charolais-Simmental cross cattle at his family's farm in Dubois.

Dubois Elementary students tried on solar eclipse glasses during a presentation about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse led by Dubois Public Library branch manager Anita Murphy at the school on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Over 2 million pairs of solar eclipse glasses were donated to libraries throughout the country by NASA. The Dubois Public Library received 1,000 pairs of the glasses which they are distributing to schools and those who attend the library's eclipse watch party on Monday. Dubois Elementary School is planning on streaming the NASA fed of the eclipse and students with parental permission will have the opportunity to view the eclipse outside through the special glasses.

"Oh no, a snake" exclaimed Mallory Terwiske of Jasper, covering her mouth, as her godson Marshall Barkley of Jasper, 4, mimicked while they looked through an animal book during story time at the Dubois County Museum in Jasper.

Jagen Sturgeon, 11, spun his fidget spinner on his nose while watching the game with Cruz Candelario, 10, and Zander Duncan, 10, all of Huntingburg, during a Dubois County Bombers baseball game at League Stadium in Huntingburg.

Trent Seifert of Dale, 1, played atop the mound of dirt as his cousins Keegan Betz, 7, left, and Konner Betz, 10, of Schnellville, used toy trucks to construct roads and a village.

Derrick Philipps of Evanston held a small football for his son Ike, 4, to kick at Ranger Field in Ferdinand before the Forest Park football team practiced. Philipps helps coach the team's kickers. He started teaching his son to kick at the age of three and sees a future for Ike in soccer and football, if he so chooses.

A Time Tasted-Tradition

Ron Brockriede, right, guided his grandson Bentley Brockriede, 6, both of Huntingburg, in adding ice water to the ice cream maker. Many of Ron's children and grandchildren are involved in making the ice cream sold at the annual Zoar Mosquito Festival.

Hannah Polley of Holland, 11, poured two cans of evaporated milk into a batch of ice cream.

Cousins Bentley Brockriede, 6, left, and Maddux Marshall, 11, both of Huntingburg, wheeled a cart of milk to the kitchen in the basement of Zoar United Methodist Church.

Erin Marshall of Huntingburg hoisted the churning paddles into the air as Emily Nichols, left, and Jenny Polley, both of Holland, used spoons to scrape off the excess peanut butter chocolate chip ice cream.

Cruz Candelario, 9, center, and Bentley Brockriede of Huntingburg, 6, stood in a bucket of ice water as Wyatt Polley of Holland, 7, left, watched. The boys made bets on how long they could last in the cold water.

Eva Polley of Holland, 9, held her 3-week-old cousin Luella Booth of Zoar. "It's her first ice cream day," said Luella's mother Jillian Booth, who recalls participating in her youth.

Grace Meece of Huntingburg, 15, right, fought through a brain freeze as she sampled cotton candy ice cream with Cruz Candelario, 9, left, and his sister Erika Candelario, 11, both of Huntingburg.

Luke Trout of Holland, 14, left, and Eli Meece of Huntingburg, 10, helped Eli's mother Natalie Meece stow ice cream in the church freezer before taking the other half of the batch out to the scoop stand.

Story and Photos by Sarah Ann Jump

“Ice cream,” yelled Jeff Meece as he lugged a metal freezer filled with five gallons of fresh ice cream into the basement of Zoar United Methodist Church.

“You scream,” other ice cream makers yelled back.

Then it was all hands on deck as the group converged on the freezer to scrape the paddles, pour the ice cream into gallon tubs, clean the freezer and fill it with a new flavor.

The homemade ice cream sold at the Zoar Mosquito Festival is made on the Wednesday before the annual festival by the church’s youth group. This year’s 45th annual festival started on Friday and ends tonight.

The church’s youth membership, sixth- through 12-graders, is currently in short supply but there were plenty of family members on hand to help out.

Like many good traditions, this one starts with a recipe book handed down from one generation to the next.

Youth leader Natalie Meece of Huntingburg is now the holder of “The Ice Cream Bible,” a lime green binder filled with frozen flavors and the starting point for every scoop of homemade ice cream at the Mosquito Fest. It was handed down to her by Janie Meyer of Holland, who was Natalie’s youth leader back in the day.

The homemade ice cream tradition dates back so far that no one can quite remember the year it started. The general agreement is it’s been going on for at least four decades now, starting in the early years of the festival.

Longtime ice cream customer Cheryl Hilsmeyer of Zoar was excited to take part in the making process for the first time now that she is retired.

“You have to pace yourself,” Cheryl said as she explained her ice cream eating strategy during the fest. She has a scoop before her shift at the food stand on Friday, usually her favorite: orange pineapple. Then another on her break, whichever flavor she worries may sell out on Friday night. Then she’s back again on Saturday, where she has all day to try more flavors.

The ice cream sale is the main fundraiser for the youth group each year and after figuring in expenses last year, the group made about $2,000. They spend the following months deciding on worthy causes to donate the funds to.

Last year they donated to One Mission Society, Evansville Rescue Mission, Operation Christmas Child and Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home, among others. The youth group also uses a portion of the money to sponsor faith-based activities. They were able to cover half of the ticket cost for the group to attend Rock the World, a Christian music festival at Holiday World later this month.

This year’s 165 gallons of ice cream are the result of 38 unique ingredients, 65 gallons of milk, 92 pounds of rock salt and 784 pounds of ice.