The 2021 Indy 500 was frequently referred to last Sunday as the largest spectator event since the start of the pandemic over a year ago. And indeed it became a much more typical race experience. The fans were thrilled about that, race track officials and the media were thrilled, and so was the head milk lady Jill Houin of Homestead Dairy in Plymouth, Indiana.
“This year, having the opportunity to celebrate with so many people safely, and knowing that Helio had his fourth win and I got to be a part of it, and the dairy farmers that helped carry on that tradition, it was an amazing and humbling experience,” she said.
It was also a unique experience with a massive celebration by 4-time winner even before arriving at victory circle for the roses and bottle of milk. Houin remained patient and knew he would get to the important post-race traditions.
“I knew that he was excited for the milk, but I knew that he was over the top excited to be celebrating with the fans. Knowing that we are coming back to some normalcy, I think he was so overly excited, but I knew it was going to happen. I knew that moment where I got to experience handing off the milk was going to happen, so I waited patiently.”
Then in victory circle something else unique happened, a double dip of sorts for American Dairy Association, Indiana. Helio came back for more milk, this time mixed with pink powder to mirror his winning car color scheme.
“And that is so exciting! I applaud him for knowing how important the tradition of milk was and thinking ahead, wanting to win that trophy,” Houin told HAT.
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