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First Lady Makes the Rounds of State Fair

First Lady Karen Pence (left) inspects a handmade rug at the Indiana State Fair's Pioneer Village. ( photo: Eric Berman)

Some visitors to the State Fair dairy bar Tuesday found a familiar face working the counter.

First Lady Karen Pence put in a 15-mintue shift scooping ice cream. It's a first for the First Lady, who notes she took part last year in the fair's celebrity cow-milking competition.

"I kind of progressed," she laughs.

It was Pence's second fair visit of the year. She was on hand with the governor for last week's opening day. On the return visit, she visited rugmakers and quilters at Pioneer Village, and got a fishing lesson from the Department of Natural Resources.

Pence says her favorite stop remains the Home and Family Arts building. Growing up in Indianapolis, the future art teacher won a third-place ribbon for a watercolor.

Two of the Pences' three grown children have made their trek to the fair already, and the First Lady says the third has already served notice she wants to visit after she returns to Indiana this week.

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