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FAIRS Care Drive-Thru Food Drive at the @indystatefair, March 20, 2018

March 1, 2018 1 comment

Canned goods, dry goods, and monetary donations welcome at the FAIRS Care Food Drive. staff photo.

By Sharon Smith
Indiana State Fair

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. 2/28/18 – In honor of National Ag Day on March 20, 2018, the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center and its FAIRS Care program needs your help to provide much needed food relief for the community’s food pantry source, Gleaners Food Bank.

The “FAIRS Care Drive-Thru Food Drive” will be held on Tuesday, March 20 from 6:30-9:30 AM and 3-6 PM at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center, Fall Creek Pavilion Parking Lot (located inside the main entrance off Fall Creek Parkway), at the Gate 6 entrance.

Donors who bring canned and dry goods or monetary donations to the Fairgrounds will receive one complimentary ticket (limited to the first 250 donors) to the 2018 Indiana State Fair to be held Aug 3-19.

Suggested nonperishable food items include canned meats like tuna and chicken, soups and ravioli, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly and macaroni and cheese.

“We’re told that Gleaners sees a decline in food donations in March making it a perfect opportunity to host this drive leading up to National Ag Day,” said Cindy Hoye, executive director of the Indiana State Fair Commission. “Our team members take great pride in giving back and supporting fellow Hoosiers in need and I couldn’t be prouder of this initiative.”

In addition to the “FAIRS Care Drive-Thru Food Drive” two events being held in March at the Fairgrounds will offer attendees an incentive to donate canned or dry goods to benefit Gleaners Food Bank.

On Monday, March 12, individuals who bring canned or dry goods to the Indiana Flower & Patio Show held in the Expo Hall and West Pavilion will receive a $4 discount on admission.

On Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day), individuals who bring GREEN canned or dry goods (green beans, peas, spinach, lentil soup, etc.) to the 7:35 PM Indy Fuel v. Toledo Walleyes “St. Patrick’s Day” game at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum will receive an Indy Fuel promotional item, while supplies last.

For more information, visit, or call 317-927-7500.


Indiana Flower & Patio Show, Mar. 11-19, 2017

February 1, 2017 Leave a comment
Indiana Flower and Patio Show at the State Fairgrounds

Indiana Flower and Patio Show at the State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Tiffany Whisner
On behalf of Marketplace Events

WHAT: Now in its 59th year, the Indiana Flower + Patio Show is a place where people visit to become inspired, informed and energized with helpful advice, thousands of solutions and the coolest new products. The show features more than 40 Showcase Gardens crafted by many of Indiana’s premier landscapers, hundreds of finer outdoor living experts, and thousands of ideas to take home!

The Indiana Flower + Patio Show is produced by Marketplace Events, which produces 46 shows annually in 23 markets, including: 33 home shows in the U.S.; 14 home shows in Canada; and four holiday shows. The 51 events collectively attract 14,000 exhibitors, 1.5 million attendees and another 2 million unique web visitors annually.

WHEN: 9 days: Saturday, March 11 through Sunday, March 19, 2017

WHERE: Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 East 38th Street in Indianapolis, Indiana – West Pavilion and Exposition Hall


Dig in to More Gardens — More Than an Acre!
This year’s Flower + Patio Show offers bigger, more extravagant Showcase Gardens that will wow when you walk down the aisles.

Looking for something more practical and affordable? The Show’s Feature Gardens will be scattered throughout the West Pavilion and Expo Hall, mid-sized gardens blending upscale and budget-friendly options to display a range of capabilities from the landscapers. There will also be a great showcase of gardens for all backyards on a budget.

Throughout West Pavilion and Expo Hall are more than 50,000 square feet of greenery — that’s almost the size of a football field!

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue
Get a glimpse of a marriage of elegant outdoor living with the natural environment. All the gardens at the Flower + Patio Show will include one or more items that are old, new, borrowed or blue. It might be an antique or a new plant, a borrowed artifact or new trendy blue color.

And this theme for the show also reflects the time-honored tradition of having “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” to give a bride good luck on her wedding day.

McNamara Florist features a wedding garden installation in the center of West Pavilion. This wedding-themed garden is the perfect place to get married, surrounded by gorgeous greens and the most beautiful tablescape and decorations.

A Growing New Feature: The Plant Market
It’s an exciting new addition to the Indiana Flower + Patio Show — the Plant Market! This new feature offers Flower + Patio Show visitors a first look at the buds of spring. Take home herbs, succulents, seeds, terrariums, cacti and hardy spring annuals.

Plus, get fresh flowers, plants and supplies throughout the 4,500 square feet of the Plant Market, located just inside the north entrance of West Pavilion!

HGTV’s Chris Lambton Transforms Your Yard
Chris is host of DIY Networks “Yard Crashers” and appears with wife Peyton on HGTV’s “Going Yard,” where they transform backyards, one house at a time. The show highlights Chris’s landscaping skills and gardening know-how as he creates outdoor living spaces and features including patios, pergolas, fire pits and water features for deserving homeowners.

Chris appears at the Flower + Patio Show Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 19, offering attendees expert advice that includes landscaping, hardscaping, garden planning, lawn care and maintenance for all the areas of your outdoor living space.

Meet HGTV’s The House Counselor, Laurie March
As the host and creative force behind The House Counselor on, Laurie March guides her clients through the potential minefield that a remodeling project can become. Also the design coordinator for DIY Network’s Blog Cabin, Laurie shares her knowledge and passion for remodeling, decorating, gardening, cooking and crafting.

Laurie appears at the Flower + Patio Show Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12, sharing with attendees her approach to project managing and remodeling, which focuses on both the emotional and tactical aspects of a design project.

Master Your Home Garden Dream with Carrie Petty
Carrie Petty is a fourth-generation Hoosier, Master Gardener and a garden and lifestyle blogger. It is her passion to show people how to “Grow a Beautiful Life.” After 20 years as an award-winning custom homebuilder, Carrie now does what she loves best — playing in the dirt! Carrie appears at the Flower + Patio Show with tips on mastering your garden dream and how gardening and dirty hands equal a beautiful life. “A green thumb is a good life!”

Take Your Blooms To Go
The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) is managing the fresh-cut flowers-to-go portion of the show, which is the flagship of the Plant Market. Show visitors get the chance to take home the scents, colors and textures of the season. The large, colorful retail display offers fabulous bouquets of healthy, hardy blossoms that can be purchased to take home at great prices!

AIFD will bring Show attendees the freshest flowers possible, sourced from around the world. Be sure to stop in for the best buys in fresh-cut flowers.

AIFD designers also will be onsite daily to help with flower selection, commentating on floral design, hosting hands-on workshops and answering any questions you have about caring for your fresh flowers.

Get in On the Hands-On Fun!
Check out the Flower + Patio Show workshops for some hands-on fun! Not only can you listen and learn, but you can participate. Create gardens of all types and sizes, build your dream bridal bouquet, design a unique signature bracelet and much more during these brand-new workshops.

All workshops will take place in Expo Hall near the Outdoor Living Stage at the west end of the building.

Think Spring with Outdoor Living Experts
The Outdoor Living Stage hosts the area’s most accomplished outdoor living experts, offering advice to dig your hands and mind into. Take a break from marveling at the exhibits, including the spectacular Showcase Gardens, and visit the Outdoor Living Stage!

The Belgard Challenge
The Belgard Challenge, one of the Indiana Flower + Patio Show’s most popular attractions, again pits three Central Indiana landscape designers against one another to create the most fabulous garden within a price range of $25,000 installed.

Showgoers love the Belgard Challenge because they choose the winner through onsite voting. Be sure to spend time inspecting each garden, and vote for your favorite!

Recreation Unlimited Kids Play Zone
Want to bring the whole family to the Flower + Patio Show, but you’re not sure what the kids will enjoy? Try the Kids Play Zone! Featuring equipment from Recreation Unlimited, this area is designed to let the kids play and give you a chance to try before you buy. Backyard playsets, basketball goals, trampolines and more will be on display and ready for your kids to explore.

Expo Hall Shines in the Dark
More than 12,000 square feet of gardens “in the dark” use only landscape, theatrical and multi-purpose lighting. This never-before-seen feature is headlined by Vive Exterior Design, Fiano Landscapes and Country Gardens. And joining them is Cool Ponds. Always a crowd favorite, Expo Hall in the Dark promises a stunning waterscape design.

Packed full of gardens and features, Expo Hall will be just as beautiful and full of must-see features as West Pavilion.

Blooming Sale!
Spot something in an Indiana Flower + Patio Show garden you can’t live without? Almost all plant materials, hardscapes, structures and decorative pieces used to create the magnificent gardens at this year’s event are available at our annual Blooming Sale!

When you see something for your own at-home landscape, talk with the onsite representatives of the garden where it’s displayed, and they will reserve the item for you. Then on the final Sunday of the show, you can pick up your new treasure!


Noble Evening in the Garden: Where Dreams Blossom
This preview gala to the Indiana Flower + Patio Show began in 1997. It takes place on Friday, March 10, 2017, featuring house favorites from Indianapolis’s top restaurants, live entertainment, silent and live auctions and more. Don’t miss this exciting preview, set among the fabulous Showcase Gardens, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The 21st Annual Noble Evening in the Garden is presented by The National Bank of Indianapolis and hosted by the Noble Auxiliary, with all proceeds from the event benefitting Noble of Indiana.

Hero Day – Tuesday, March 14
Pay honor and tribute to all our heroes on Hero Day, Tuesday, March 14! All active and retired military, police and fire personnel get FREE ADMISSION for the day, plus FREE PARKING at the State Fairgrounds. Just bring a valid ID, and come enjoy the Flower + Patio Show for the day!

TICKETS: $14 – Adult FREE – Children 12 and under


Saturdays 3/11, 3/18 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sundays 3/12, 3/19 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday 3/13 – 3/15 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday-Friday 3/16-3/17 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

ONLINE DISCOUNT: Check out the Indiana Flower + Patio Show website at and get $2 off admission — good every day! Make sure to go online and save!


Ten Great Indiana Events: Number 3 Might Surprise You

October 3, 2015 Leave a comment

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

Once again this week a reader asked, via email, “What are the best events in Indiana?” Hmmm…talk about a loaded question! That’s kind of like trying to name Indy’s best burger (which is sure to provoke an argument) or trying to answer the eternal question: “What is Hip?” (sometimes hipness is what it ain’t). One person’s pleasure is another’s poison.

Nevertheless, in an attempt to address the question, I’m going to offer ten of my personal favorite events in Indianapolis and Indiana. I’m well aware that others would likely choose an entirely different list, because we all have our own likes and dislikes.

Also, if I lived in South Bend or Fort Wayne or Evansville or elsewhere, I’m certain my list might be different. So please don’t send vehement text messages or emails saying something like, “I can’t believe you left the Three Rivers Festival off your list,” or “Why didn’t you include the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival?” or “Where’s the Covered Bridge Festival on your list?” (But I would like to hear your choices in the comments section below.)

Having made those disclaimers, here goes!

#10. Christmas City Walkway of Lights

Christmas City Walkway of Lights

Christmas City Walkway of Lights in Marion, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

Matter Park in Marion, Indiana, about 90 minutes north of Indianapolis, presents the Christmas City Walkway of Lights every November/December. For $5 you can drive your car load of passengers through the park and see a huge variety of colorful and visually-appealing holiday light displays, with millions of lights, featuring everything from the IU logo to the 12 days of Christmas. Be sure to time your visit so you arrive just after dark. It’s even cooler if you park your car and walk through the park. Your kids will love it. See

#9. St. Joan of Arc French Market

St. Joan of Arc French Market

French Market at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church at 46th and Central Avenue in Indianapolis holds its parish festival every summer in August. I finally made it to the French Market in 2015 and was enthralled by the laid-back, easy-going setting, the big crowd, the variety of French cuisine, and the many vendors and activities in a beautiful neighborhood setting. Admission is free, but parking in the neighborhood can be a challenge. See

#8. Mid-Summer Festival

St. Christopher Mid-Summer Festival

Mid-Summer Festival at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Speedway, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

St. Christopher Catholic Church conducts an annual parish festival each summer in July. I love this festival for its neighborhood setting in Speedway on Indy’s west side at 16th and Lynhurst, plus its excellent variety of cuisine and carnival rides. Admission is free, but finding parking in the neighborhood can be a challenge. It’s pay-as-you-go at the food booths and rides. See

#7. Indianapolis Indians

Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana

Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

The Indians are the AAA minor league baseball team in Indianapolis. They play their home games at Victory Field, 501 West Maryland Street, in downtown Indy. I love to go out to the ball park because the action is up close and personal, tickets are reasonably priced in the $10-15 range, and the skyline of Indianapolis presents a beautiful backdrop for a baseball game. Monday Dollar Nights offer hot dogs, peanuts, potato chips, Cracker Jack and popcorn for just $1 each. See

#6. Indy Greek Festival

Middle Eastern dancing at the Greek Festival in Carmel, Indiana

Middle Eastern dancing at the Greek Festival in Carmel, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

This is a colorful event held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Carmel, Indiana each summer in August. The Greek food is plentiful, the Middle Eastern dancing and music is so enjoyable, and the sanctuary inside the church is breathtaking. Be prepared for long lines in the food court, and you may have to park at Marsh Supermarket more than a mile away on Michigan Road and wait for a shuttle bus to transport you to the church. See

#5. Italian Street Festival

Italian Street Festival at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Italian Street Festival at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

I love the Italian Street Festival at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 520 Stevens Street in Indianapolis, across the street from the Eli Lilly Company. The food is terrific (the four-layer carrot cake is unforgettable), the neighborhood atmosphere is enjoyable, admission is free, and I can usually find free parking across the street from the church. By now you are probably thinking that I’m a devout Catholic based on my selections thus far, but I’m not. I just love a good festival. See

#4. Indiana Flower and Patio Show

Indiana Flower and Patio Show at the State Fairgrounds

Indiana Flower and Patio Show at the State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

This show is held each spring at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 East 38th Street, in Indianapolis. It’s a great event with colorful displays, lots of good ideas for decorating and home improvement projects, and a photographer’s delight. See

#3. Feast of Lanterns

Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park in Indianapolis, Indiana

Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

This one-day festival doesn’t always get a lot of media coverage, but when they turn on the lanterns after dark, this is one of the most beautiful and colorful events in the city, in my opinion, held at Spades Park on Indy’s near east side in August. Food trucks, lots of vendors, a beer garden, and a neighborhood setting combine to make this event so enjoyable. Admission is free, but parking in the neighborhood can be a real challenge. Take your own chair and enjoy a lovely evening (opting for acoustic music would further improve this event, IMO). See

#2. Circle of Lights Celebration

Circle of Lights as viewed from the Skyline Club.

Circle of Lights on Monument Circle as viewed from the Skyline Club. staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis transforms into a holiday showplace with the lighting of “the world’s tallest Christmas tree,” free live entertainment, and a festive atmosphere. Admission is free, so join me and 100,000 of my closest friends for this annual holiday tradition. See

#1. Indiana State Fair

Indiana State Fair midway.

Indiana State Fair midway in Indianapolis. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

I’ve been going to the Indiana State Fair since 1953 when I was still in diapers. It’s unquestionably my number one favorite event of the year. There is so much to see and do. You can’t really see it all in one day, but it’s fun to try! I like to ride the shuttle train all the way around the fairgrounds at least once just to see what’s new, then jump off the shuttle and work my way around the fairgrounds on foot.

My mom’s favorite was the quilt display in the Family Arts Building, so I always stop by and view the quilts to honor her memory. My brother played trombone in the Anderson High School marching band that won three consecutive state championships in the late 1950’s. So our family has a long and enjoyable history at the fair. The food is unbeatable, the midway is lively and colorful, the concerts feature national recording artists, the hot air balloon launch is inspirational, and a stop at the Dairy Bar for an official State Fair milk shake is a must. There’s something for everyone. See

Honorable Mentions:

  1. Dig IN: A Taste of Indiana at White River State Park in Indianapolis
  2. Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival on Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis
  3. Indy Irish Fest at Military Park in Indianapolis
  4. Freedom Blast Fireworks Show on July 4 in downtown Indianapolis
  5. St. George Festival at St. George Orthodox Christian Church in Fishers, Indiana

How did I do? What are YOUR favorite Indianapolis and Indiana events of the year? Let me know in the comments because I try to cover as many Indianapolis and Indiana events as possible each year, and I’ll try to get to as many of them as I can.

DISCLOSURE NOTICE:, LLC received a Media Pass to the 2011 Indiana State Fair, complimentary tickets to the 2012 Indiana State Fair, a 2015 Media Pass, and a media pass to the 2015 Indiana State Fair. You may think I’m biased as a result, but I was going to the fair decades before these complimentary passes were offered.

Indiana Flower and Patio Show, Mar. 14-22, 2015

February 6, 2015 Leave a comment
Indiana Flower and Patio Show

At the Indiana Flower and Patio Show. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Sara Holtz
On behalf of the Indiana Flower & Patio Show

The Indiana Flower & Patio Show is scheduled for Mar. 14-22, 2015, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Think “fresh” when spring arrives at central Indiana’s original finer outdoor living show, which will host over 450 exhibitors, 50+ expansive showcase and exhibitor gardens, refreshed Expo Hall, “Indiana’s Own” artisans, seminars, children’s recreation area, pet adoptions, and new 4,500-square-foot plant market with fresh-cut flowers, herbs and more!

Showcase garden designers will offer out-of-the-box ideas, inspiring outdoor structures, incredible fire features, stunning water gardens, dream outdoor kitchens, ingenious plantings, the latest trends in outdoor furniture, hardscapes, and stones and boulders to finish off picture perfect spaces.

First 100 guests to check in at the information booth every day receive a swag bag. Marsh Day will feature giveaways from 10 a.m.-2 p.m on March 17.

New convenient parking is located at the Fairgrounds 38th Street lot. For more information, including listings of landscape designers and exhibitors, show features, stage schedule, and admission discounts, log on

57th annual Indiana Flower and Patio Show

Sat, March 14 through Sun, March 22, 2015

10 a.m.- 7p.m. Mon – Wed; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thurs – Sat; 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday

$13 adults; $9 seniors 65+ on Senior Day (March 16); children 12 and under free; $5 parking per vehicle; discount tickets and $3 coupon available online

Indiana State Fairgrounds Expo Hall & West Pavilion, 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis 46205


Things to do in Indianapolis, Mar. 10-16, 2014

March 9, 2014 Leave a comment