Many agricultural events and field days that I attend throughout the year are annual ones, and quite often I have been to them several times over the years.
One of those events is the Fastest Rookie of the Year award luncheon, which is put on by the American Dairy Association of Indiana to honor the rookies who qualify for the Indianapolis 500.
Even though the main aspects of this event are similar from year to year, it never is completely the same, which is why I look forward to covering it each year.
This year, the honor of the fastest rookie went to Colton Herta, who drives for Harding Steinbrenner Racing, when he qualified for the big race with a four-lap average speed of 229.086 mph.
Although he was busy during the lunch doing interviews with several media outlets, I was able to have a few minutes to talk with the 19-year-old.
From the brief minutes we talked, you could tell how much he loves racing and how much he is looking forward to competing in his first Indy 500.
He was even a good sport when I asked to take his photo next to the dairy cow and calf that were at the event.
Not only did Colton go right up next to the young calf and squat down beside it, he pet the animal and even after I got the picture and we were heading inside, he still was playing with it.
I thought it truly was incredible that even though this young man soon will be competing in one of the most important events of his life, he still took the time to pet his very first dairy calf.