INDIANAPOLIS — Dozens of state representatives, agriculture experts and other Hoosiers from across that state gathered in the early morning hours on opening day of the 2019 Indiana State Fair to attend the annual Indiana Pork ham breakfast.

Nick Maple, president of the Indiana Pork Producers Association, said Indiana Pork has a huge presence at the State Fair, ranging from 4-H youth who show pigs to the various pork food tents located throughout the fairgrounds.

“We are expanding our presence and will be sponsoring an entire day,” Maple said, adding that pork producers will pass out pork burger samples, recipes related to pork and other fun giveaways during the fair.

Maple said Indiana Pork even has a dish in this year’s Taste of the Fair competition — the barbecue split.

The unique dish, which is a play on a banana split, has pulled pork, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw, all served in a banana boat container.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said Indiana pork producers and their families are making a difference when it comes to feeding Hoosiers.

“Thank you to Indiana Pork, for making a difference in feeding Hoosiers and being committed to putting more pork on the table,” she said.

Crouch said she is thankful to the commitment Indiana Pork and pork producers have made to the Indiana State Fair over the years.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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