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Gen Con Badge Sell-out Expected for @gencon 2018

February 28, 2018 1 comment

Gen Con Anticipates Second Consecutive Badge Sell-Out;
Extends Commitment to Indianapolis through 2022

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The Grim Reaper spotted at Gen Con 2017.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Stacia Kirby
Gen Con LLC

Gen Con, the largest and longest running tabletop gaming convention in North America, is reporting a 6% year-over-year increase in its attendee badge sales to date, and as a result, expects its second consecutive year of selling out of attendee badges.

Convention badge sales, which opened on January 14, 2018, have reached record numbers and the convention again plans to cease badge sales in the early summer if sales trends continue.

Last year’s convention sold out of 4-Day attendee badges in early July and all single-day badges the week prior to the show, marking the first year the convention sold out of those badge types. Initial 2018 sales are trending towards a sell-out of all attendee badge types in July 2018.

“Following a historic Gen Con 50, many wondered how attendees would respond to the 2018 show,” said David Hoppe, president of Gen Con. “We’re happy to report that this year’s interest has surpassed last year’s record numbers.

With additional organizational effort, we expect to support even more attendees while still preserving a world-class attendee experience. With the combined passion of our fans and the foresight and cooperation of our partners in Indianapolis, we’re eager to continue our convention’s growth in Indy.”

Gen Con LLC has announced an agreement with the city of Indianapolis to extend its commitment through 2022. Gen Con will return to Indy on August 2-5 in 2018, August 1-4 in 2019, July 30-August 2 in 2020, August 5-8 in 2021, and August 4-7 in 2022.

For the second consecutive year, Gen Con will offer programming on the field level and in the exhibit halls of Lucas Oil Stadium, as well as throughout the Indiana Convention Center, at an outdoor presence on Georgia and South Streets, and through hundreds of ticketed events at numerous hotels.

The convention’s exhibit hall will feature more than 500 exhibiting companies and Gen Con expects to host more than 15,000 ticketed events in 2018. According to last year’s estimates by Visit Indy, Gen Con has an annual economic impact in excess of $70 million to the local Indianapolis economy.

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Eagles over Monroe returns to Fairfax SRA, Jan. 26-28, 2018

December 13, 2017 1 comment
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An American Bald Eagle photographed in Indiana.
Photo credit: Bob Burchfield, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

Indiana DNR Press Release

Eagles over Monroe will celebrate Indiana’s relationship with our national bird through educational programs and birdwatching opportunities at Fairfax State Recreation Area, Jan. 26-28, 2018.

Monroe Lake is hosting the event in conjunction with the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn and Visit Bloomington. Advance registration, full program details, and lodging and dining information are available at visitbloomington.com/eaglesovermonroe.

While eagles are the event headliners, programs will explore the lives of other bird species, too.

Eagles over Monroe kicks off the evening of Friday, Jan. 26 with presentations about saw whet owl research and the biodiversity of Monroe Lake.

Saturday, Jan. 27, offers opportunities to learn about the eagle restoration program, how to bird by impression, the evolution of dinosaurs into birds, and the whooping crane recovery story.

During lunch, participants can see live raptors from the Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center and make avian-themed crafts. A formal presentation later in the day will feature live raptors from the Indiana Raptor Center.

A self-guided driving tour around the lake on Saturday afternoon offers attendees a chance to see eagles and other birds in the wild. Stops will be manned by local birders and their spotting scopes.

James Kawlewski, outreach program assistant for the International Crane Foundation, will present Saturday evening’s keynote address, “Raptors and Cranes, An Interconnected Wonder.”

Saturday evening concludes with avian-themed bingo. The event wraps up on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 27 with photography and birding hikes.

Advance registration is $15 for adults (ages 16 and older) and $10 for kids (ages 6 to 15) and includes all of the scheduled event programs and activities.

Walk-up registration will also be available at the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27. Walk-up costs are $20 for adults and $15 for kids.

The Fourwinds Lakeside Inn is offering a special rate of $79 per night for a lakeside room to event attendees. Dining specials will also be available throughout the weekend.

Fairfax State Recreation Area (stateparks.IN.gov/2954.htm) is located at 9301 S. Fairfax Road, Bloomington.

To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

Million Meal Marathon at Lucas Oil Stadium, Oct. 10, 2017

August 31, 2017 Leave a comment
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Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2008, all rights reserved.

By Angela Tuell
On behalf of the Million Meal Marathon

INDIANAPOLIS – The 7th annual Million Meal Marathon, presented by Strada Education Network (formerly USA Funds), and the Indianapolis Colts, will bring together more than 3,000 community members with the intent of packing 1 million nutritious meals for Indiana’s hungry in a single day.

This year’s event will take place 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium and is in partnership with the Indianapolis Colts for their Colts Community Day.

The Million Meal Marathon, includes volunteers from corporate sponsor organizations, local civic groups, churches, Indianapolis-area schools and families. Volunteers work in four two-hour shifts, alongside Indianapolis Colts players and cheerleaders, to hand-package nutritious meals for hungry Hoosiers. Meal packs include 21 essential vitamins and minerals, a blend of six dehydrated vegetables, enriched soy with 52 percent protein and 10 vitamins, plus white, high-quality rice, and can be prepared by just adding boiling water. During the Million Meal Marathon, volunteers will add the dry ingredients to plastic bags, weigh, seal and box them in teams of 10-12.

One hundred percent of this year’s meals packed will be distributed to food banks in Indiana to feed the one in five Hoosier children who are food insecure and their families. Midwest Food Bank and Gleaners will pick-up the packaged meals throughout the day to deliver to their Indianapolis warehouses, where they will then be distributed to food pantries across the state.

The day wouldn’t be possible without the help of hundreds of volunteers. For more information about volunteering, enrolling a group to volunteer or sponsoring a table, visit www.MillionMealMovement.org.

Additional sponsors include Best, Arbor Homes, Charles Schwab, City Barbeque, Shelby Materials, Certa Pro, Capital Container Company, Print Resources, JR Sandadi, and Brown and Brown.

The Million Meal Marathon is a program of Million Meal Movement, a humanitarian food aid organization that feeds the hungry at home while teaching our children and communities the power of volunteerism. Launched in 2007, the organization has provided nearly 28 million life-saving, highly nutritious meals to hungry families in Indiana and around the world, all packaged by volunteers. In Indiana alone, 1 million people don’t know where they’ll get their next meal.

For more information about the Million Meal Marathon, visit www.millionmealmovement.org.

Devour Indy Aug. 21 to Sept. 3, 2017 @devourindy

August 21, 2017 1 comment
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Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant is one of the participating restaurants in Devour Indy 2017. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Sarah Stegmeyer
On behalf of Devour Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Aug. 21) – More than 200 restaurants in the Greater Indianapolis area are serving up exclusive, value priced menus for Devour Indy 2017
Summerfest. Take advantage of these tasty menus from today, August 21, through Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.

Beginning today, participating restaurants will be flaunting their three-course menus and showing diners why Indianapolis has been named the “Most Underrated Food City in the U.S” by Zagat.

Sip on the Mr. Cantarito – the official Devour Indy cocktail at Mr. Tequila’s Cantina and Grill in downtown Indianapolis.

Devour Indy welcomes more than 20 new restaurants to the mix, along with those traditional Devour favorites and an additional dozen hotels offering exclusive Devour Indy room rates.

Experience Indianapolis like never before by taking advantage of Devour Indy offers from various hotels and attractions across the city.

Book a stay at one of Indy’s A List hotels, explore the Magnificent Macaw exhibit at the Indianapolis Zoo and cheer on the Indy Eleven at one of their two home games during Devour.

Visit www.devourindy.com to plan your two weeks of Devour Indy today!

50th Gen Con Gaming Convention, Aug. 17-20, 2017

August 16, 2017 1 comment
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Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Stacia Kirby
On behalf of Gen Con

Gen Con Sells Out Historic 50th Convention

Indianapolis (August 14, 2017) Gen Con, North America’s longest-running and best-attended tabletop game convention, has announced a complete sellout of badges for its 50th convention to be held August 17-20 in the Indiana Convention Center. The convention will not sell badges on-site and attendees, as in prior years, will be asked to display their badges while attending the show. In addition to its 50th convention, this Gen Con marks 15 years in Indianapolis.

“Our team is ecstatic to see so many choose to celebrate gaming history with us at the historic Gen Con 50,” said Adrian Swartout, Gen Con CEO. “In this milestone year, we have seen gamers from around the world decide to make Gen Con their summer destination, and we’re anticipating our best show yet. We’ve made optimizing the attendee experience a core goal for Gen Con 50, and we are committed to balancing growth with world class programming.”

In 2016, Gen Con had attendees from all 50 states, every Canadian province, and more than 60 countries. This year, the convention has expanded to the field level of Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, in addition to its space in the Indiana Convention Center and participating hotels. For the first time, Gen Con also will host a concert in Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a performance by Grammy winning recording artists They Might Be Giants. This concert and entrance to Lucas Oil Stadium both require Gen Con 50 badges.

About Gen Con

Gen Con LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure game convention in North America, Gen Con, The Best Four Days in Gaming!™. Acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast, Peter Adkison, the company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Gen Con 50 will be sponsored by Mayfair Games, Paizo, Inc., and Rio Grande Games. For more information, visit http://gencon.com/