Vote for Kelly from Indiana

Rose Hawkins, Correspondent

Independent News

“An e-mail from Dow Chemical caught my attention,” Kelly Cheesewright began. “It said it would pay out to the top three winners $10,000, to be used help their local community. There was a lot of paperwork, including telling them something about myself and why I wanted to win it. That was last summer or fall. I filled out all of the paperwork, sent it in and waited.”

Kelly Cheesewright, whose address is Chrisman IL but his farm is in Dana, IN, is the fifth-generation farmer. The Cheesewrights, a family of cheesemakers (hence the name), came over from England and started out with a two-room house in the 1860s. Kelly took over when his dad, John, retired. Kelly's son, Keaton is a student at Purdue University and plans to join the family farm business after graduation. Kelly is hoping that his grandson, Karter, will one day become the seventh-generation farmer.

“We are so lucky to have the opportunity to be the stewards of such productive land in this great nation. We are incredibly fortunate to raise our families on this land and protect our heritage. We value this land and our water resources,” Kelly added.  

“By the time I received the notification that I am a finalist, the charity I had chosen in the beginning was funded and didn't need my help,” Cheesewright continued. 

“The grandstand at Cayuga had just been burned down, so I decided that the grandstand would be my charity if I would be one of three finalist.”

To win the contest, he has to receive the most votes by May 21, 2017. Votes can be cast from an I-Pad, computer or phone at  Anyone 18 or older can vote once a day (every twenty-four hours). At that web-site, all ten contestants are listed, with their pictures, names, community and story. When you pull up the web site, it says Resicore. Under that it says “One Dream - Two Prizes - Three fields,  Vote Now.” You can scroll down to see the contestants, then vote. Voting for Kelly from Indiana might help build a new grandstand right here in our own community.

The winners will be announced June 5, 2017.

On January 26, 2017, the eighty-four year old Grandstand in the park at Cayuga IN burned to the ground at the hand of an arsonist. This grandstand was built by the WPA work project and was one of the oldest wooden grandstands in Indiana. Besides being a park for Cayuga, it is the Vermillion County Indiana Fair Grounds. 

“Many an event has been held in that old grandstand,” Bob Craft, a Lions Club member and volunteer firefighter commented. “It just won't be the same without it. We had insurance on it, but it doesn't cover all of the expenses to replace it. (There are a lot of building codes in effect now that weren't when the old one was built.) So we have had several fund raising events - like serving breakfasts almost every weekend, and there have been donations. We could really use the $10,000 that Cheesewright is going for. Hope you all will vote every day for him.”

“We are renting temporary bleachers that seat around 2,700 people to use for the demolition derbies on Saturdays May 6 and September 18, then again for the fair week of June 17. The ground is being worked and we hope to have the new grandstand ready for use by Fair week 2018,” Craft concluded. 



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