Colts come to town

Friday, March 9, 2007
Indianapolis Colts' fans anxiously awaited their turn to see the Vince Lombardi Trophy up close Thursday during the "World Championship Trophy Tour" at McAnally Center. Fans were able to touch the trophy, have photo taken with it and were able to meet Blue the Colts' mascot and some of the cheerleaders.

It was a sea of blue and white in Greencastle High School's McAnally Center Thursday morning as Indianapolis Colts' fans waited to view the Vince Lombardi Trophy up close.

Greencastle was one of 50 cities within the state that was selected as a stop for the "World Championship Trophy Tour."

The trophy was available for viewing, touching and photographing by the public from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday.

Putnam County fans anxiously awaited their opportunity with the trophy.

Some even waited a few hours before the start of the event.

Even though the wait was long, many of the fans were entertained by the antics of Blue the Colts' mascot.

Blue danced to several songs, sprayed silly string on some unsuspecting fans, signed autographs and posed for photos.

Several fans expressed to the BannerGraphic what it means to have the trophy visit the county as they waited in line.

Mitzi Shepherd from Reelsville said that she was looking forward to seeing the trophy, and was very pleased that the Colts had brought it to the county because it "means a lot to the fans."

Scott and Karen Mason from Fillmore said that they were glad the trophy was stopping locally because they would have had to travel to Avon just to see it.

Janet Kelly from Heritage Lake said she thought it was wonderful, but she wished it could have been at a better time so that all the school aged children could come and see it.

Trudy Dickerson from Crawfordsville said seeing the trophy was "an experience of a lifetime."

Old National Bank was the area sponsor for the tour, and were giving out "I Touched the Trophy" buttons to fans in line. Other sponsors include the United Way, Sprint, H.H.Gregg and Meijer.

Fans also received autographs from a couple Colts' cheerleaders and were able to take their photos with blown-up versions of the trophy and a Colts' player.

For those who were not able to attend the event, the trophy will be in Crawfordsville at the Holiday Inn on Sunday, March 11 at 4 p.m.

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