Dairy farmer was special guest at the Indy 500

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It’s the moment many Hoosiers dream of, winning the Indy 500 and being handed that glass of milk.

That moment was also big for a local dairy farmer.

It was quite the Memorial Day trip.

Kim Minich spent her holiday weekend as a special guest down at the Indy 500.

She co-owns Triple M Dairy with her husband and his family.

On Sunday, millions saw their hard work.

Kim Minich grew up in the suburbs. She now lives and works on her husband’s family’s dairy farm.

She quickly learned dairy farming never stops.

“You know, dairy farming it’s not just like corn and soybeans. It’s 365. You don’t get a day off. Christmas, New Year’s, Memorial Day that we just celebrated. It’s not a day off. It goes on all year long,” said Minich.

Triple M Dairy’s 1,100 cows get milked three times a day, every day.

It’s work that doesn’t always come with a high reward.

“Prices have been down the last couple of years, so that’s been really rough. We do our best,” said Minich.

Now, their best landed them at the Indy 500.

Kim took photos as she transported her milk to be the winner’s glass.

“The wreath goes on first, and then you hear ‘The milk, the milk, the milk!’ Then you run, and you got it open, and we got his choice there. It’s just been something I never, ever thought I’d be able to do. It was an awesome weekend,” said Minich.

It was a weekend that reminded Minich why she’s glad she’s now a dairy farmer.

“Just kind of makes everything we do worth it. When people have been so welcoming and so comforting to us. Like ‘Hey there’s the milk!’ It’s just like yeah this is what we’re doing. That’s just kind of a way to showcase what we do all the time,” said Minich. “It’s a lot of hard work, but you know you’re doing something that’s good. You’re providing that product to the consumers, to those moms, those babies, those families. You know you’re doing a good job and giving them that safe, delicious product.”

 

The American Dairy Association of Indiana picks one of its members every year to provide the milk.

With choices of 2-percent, whole mile or fat free, Will Power chose whole milk.