Message reaches high-speed passers-by


Rich Polesel's Nativity display at 6838 N. County Road 200E, Whiteland. PHOTO BY JOSH MARSHALL

Vehicles whipped by on Interstate 65 on the cold December evening.

Rich Polesel watched the headlights from his rural Whiteland barn. He took a break from tending his cattle and stared at the cars on Christmas night. Suddenly, he had a revelation. All those trucks, police cars and others were out traveling on Christmas. Even though they couldn’t be at home, maybe they could still get some holiday cheer.

That was the start of Polesel’s massive holiday display. Centered around a Nativity scene built in the hayloft of his barn, the showcase features candy canes, the three wise men and a choir of 12 angels singing on his porch.

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