The Rebel Pavilion was built in memory of our beloved daughter Hanna Helen Ohlund. In August of 2013 we lost Hanna in a tragic car accident that left our family broken. Support for the Hanna Ohlund Memorial Fund at the Unity Foundation came flooding in and as the fog cleared we needed to, in Hanna’s words, “Do Something”.
Hanna loved her family and friends, her work as a hair stylist and educator at Timothy Jeffry Aveda Salon, 4-H Horse and Pony, LaPorte County Fair, her pony Rebel and SHOES. As wetalked and cried and talked more, the decision became very clear. The LaPorte County Fair has been a huge part of our family… Fair week is officially our favorite week of the summer. The Horse and Pony area at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds has needed proper bathrooms for quite some time,and so it began. Tonn and Blank Construction and LaPorte County Commissioners stepped up to the plate and the plans for a covered pavilion, new bathrooms and a concession area began to take shape. In 2015, The Rebel Pavilion was constructed. In 2016 the bathroom and concession are opened in time for the LaPorte County Fair 2016. These projects were funded withboth the kind and generous donations from family and friends, countless volunteer hours and the support of Tonn and Blank and LaPorte County.
The Rebel Pavilion has grown into a public charity organization and will provide transparency of funds raised and disbursed with postings on TheRebelPavilion.org. The Rebel Pavilion committee of volunteers are dedicated to raising funds for the education and improvement of youth equestrian programs in LaPorte County and making improvements to the LaPorte County Horse and Pony area at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds. All proceeds from horse shows, The Hanna Ohlund Memorial Golf Outing, Beer-Wine-Bites Event and the Annual Fair Steak Fry will benefit youth equestrians of LaPorte County and the LaPorte County Fairgrounds Horse and Pony area.
Projects completed in 2019
- Purchase stalls to completely fill one hoop barn ($24,000)
- Stall rental for Fair 2019 ($3,500)
- New speed timer ($800)
- Assist with purchase of 5 year jackets
- Meals for Horse Camp 2019
- Two $500 scholarships to Horse and Pony members
- Helmets for LaPorte County Special Olympic Equestrian Team
- New entry booth and bleachers
- Weekend educational clinics
- End and interior walls for hoop barns
- Update electrical
- Make up arena fencing
- Covered arena…..dreaming big!
All these projects will be planned and executed with help of LaPorte County Commissioners, the 4-H Horse and Pony Committee members, Rebel Pavilion committee volunteers and local business volunteers and donations. Any positive input or reasonable requests are welcome and encouraged.