Tractor pull pays tribute to late volunteer

    Volunteers wore “Remembering Denny” T-shirts. The announcer called for 30 seconds of silence in tribute to the former Elkhart County 4-H tractor pull volunteer.

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 8:18 p.m.

    Tractor pull staff and leaders paid tribute Thursday afternoon, July 24, to the late Denny Fisher at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

    Fisher was part of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair tractor pull for 35 years. He organized the ground crew and got the track ready for the day of the event.

    Everyone who worked with the tractor pull loved Fisher, fair board member Mike Cross said.

    “When he wanted help, they came out of the woodwork,” he said. “We didn’t have what we needed material-wise, he’d make a call and we’d have it.”

    During the event Thursday, the tractor-pull ground crew wore bright orange shirts that read “Remembering Denny.”

    The announcer requested 30 seconds of silence in tribute to Fisher, telling the crowd, “some of the guys walking in front of you right now were his tractor-pull family.”

    Fisher’s daughter, Sonya, said the rest of his family wasn’t as involved in the event but they would always check in with him at the fair.

    “He was always here,” she said. “This is where we’d find him on Thursdays for sure.”

    Sandy Fisher, Denny’s wife, said the two of them met at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair in high school. He showed pigs and she showed beef cattle. 

    Later, they’d bring their family. All of their children were 10-year 4-H members in the 4-H Beef Club.

    The fair tribute to Denny was bittersweet, she said. But it reminded people of stories about him. One person told her they once asked Denny why he kept coming back to the tractor pull.

    “He says, ’I can’t sing, I can’t dance, this is what I can give,’” Sandy Fisher said.

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