Vigil held for Pendleton woman injured in collapse

Friends and family dressed in pink and lit candles at the vigil

PENDLETON - Recovery and small miracles are the hope for hundreds in Madison County for one victim of last Saturday's tragedy at the Indiana State Fair.

Pendleton resident Andrea Vellinga is still in critical condition with head injuries she suffered in the stage collapse. Family and friends held a vigil in her hometown Saturday night.

"We have seen a lot of miraculous things have already happened this week, some progress that she has made this week. We believe we are not asking for one miracle, we are asking for continued miracles, because we believe God can do that," said pastor Chris Denny.

In the front yard of Vellinga's home Saturday night, most of her Pendleton church family gathered to pray for her - a mother, wife, daughter, sister and devoted friend.

"Prayer has really taken on a whole new meaning for a lot of us. It has taken on a whole new urgency and a whole new focus," said Denny.

Her favorite color, pink, decorated the crowd in the form of ribbons. Candles lit up the yard.

"We also light a candle to represent the light of Andrea's smile, that is someday going to be standing at this doorway, just reminding us that God is faithful, God continues to do miracles," Denny said.

Vellinga was one of the concert fans caught in the chaos near the main stage at the Indiana State Fair. At 8:49 p.m. last Saturday, she was in the middle of the storm. Seven days later, at the same time of the night, her church family stood in silence.

"I believe this week, we have seen storms calmed through Andrea's healing and through what's going on in us. Look around you, something is happening among us in this community, a sense of community, a sense of generosity," said Denny.

There are two funds set up to help Vellinga's family with some of the medical costs - one at First Merchants Bank and the other at her church, Ovid Community Church.