It’s Garfield, of course! Garfield the cartoon cat lives in Muncie with his owner, Jon Arbuckle, and Jon’s pet dog, Odie. Garfield’s obsessions with sleep, lasagna, and tormenting the dog have been making people laugh since 1978.
When cartoonist Jim Davis created Garfield, he used his home state, his farm roots, and the many cats of his childhood for inspiration. Davis grew up on a small farm in Grant County, Indiana, and attended Ball State University in nearby Muncie. He now lives in Albany, Indiana.
Grant County celebrates its native son and his famous cat with twelve fiberglass statues of Garfield, collectively known as the Garfield Trail. Starting at the Community Center in Marion, fans can follow the trail around Marion and beyond, and catch the fat cat in many moods.
The trail will take you to other Grant County points of interest, too. In Fairmount, birthplace of actor James Dean, Garfield the Cool Cat stands in front of the Fairmount Historical Museum. In Upland, Garfield eats ice cream at locally popular Ivanhoe’s Restaurant. You can take as much or as little time as you need for this day of family-friendly fun, but don’t forget your camera!
Three generations of the Brooks family enjoy Garfield’s ‘Paws for Thought’ at the Marion Community Center.