The event held at Harrison College brought out fans of all ages from toddlers donning their new Colts Crib Club apparel to one man who said he had been a fan of the team for 35 years. One family was allegiance was divided. The father, a die-hard Raiders fan, was dragged to the event by his wife, who attends Harrison College, and three daughters. The women in the family bleed Colts Blue. Despite their different rooting interests all five waited anxiously in line for autographs.
The line circling the parking lot was for punter Pat McAfee and RB Devin Moore, a native of Indianapolis. McAfee and Moore took pictures, signed autographs and enjoyed the company of the fans.
"It's always awesome when you get out and see the excitement that people have for the Indianapolis Colts," McAfee said. "I'm just happy to be a part of it. I think Devin (Moore) and I can both say we're happy we came to meet everyone, sign some autographs and most importantly enjoy the atmosphere."
Also up on stage greeting the loyal fans were cheerleaders Abbey and Nicole.
The children of Elkhart enjoyed bouncing in the bounce house, tossing passes to Reggie Wayne in the QB challenge, and climbing on the rock wall along with getting autographs from the players and cheerleaders.
The wind that had been whipping throughout the event brought showers around 5p.m. But a little rain did not deter the crowd. They showed they were truly Colts fans rain or shine and continued to wait for autographs and enjoy the event.
In the event's last hour a special guest made an appearance. All the way from his stable in Indianapolis, Blue arrived on the scene. Up on top of Colts In Motion he fired t-shirts into the crowd and then came down to take pictures and interact with the kids.
Before the MIP Tour resumes on Monday, June 7 in North Manchester the Colts will hold an open-to-the-public practice as a part of mini-camp at Lucas Oil Stadium. McAfee and Moore are both looking forward to the opportunity to get in front of the fans again.
"It will be good to get back on the field again in front of some people," McAfee said. "Our fans support us all season and it's awesome to see them in the offseason to know they haven't forgotten about us."
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