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Things to do in Indianapolis, June 30-July 6, 2014

June 29, 2014 Leave a comment
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ABOVE: Freedom Blast Fireworks Show, July 4, Downtown Indianapolis.

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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  1. FRI: Freedom Blast Fireworks Show in Downtown Indianapolis
  2. FRI: Glorious Fourth Celebration at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
  3. FRI-SUN: Pokemon US National Championships at the Indiana Convention Center
  4. THU-SUN: National Powwow XVI at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds
  5. FRI: 4th Annual Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast Festival in Downtown Indianapolis
  6. FRI: 4th of July IndyFringe Picnic on Massachusetts Avenue
  7. MON-SAT: Linton Freedom Festival in Greene County
  8. MON-SAT: Shelby County 4-H Fair in Shelbyville
  9. TUE: Community Tuesday at White River State Park
  10. WED-SUN: Shoals Catfish Festival in Martin County
  11. FRI: Firecracker 6 Run and Walk at the Indianapolis City Market
  12. SAT: 3rd Annual ‘Taste of Indy’ at White River State Park
  13. FRI-SUN: Madison Regatta in Jefferson County
  14. MON-TUE, FRI-SUN: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
  15. SAT: Motley Crue in Concert at Klipsch Music Center

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National Powwow in Hendricks County, July 3-6

June 25, 2014 Leave a comment
National Powwow in Danville, Indiana, July 3-6.

National Powwow in Danville, Indiana, July 3-6.
Photo provided by Visit Hendricks County and used with written permission.

By Josh Duke
Visit Hendricks County
http://www.tourhendrickscounty.com/

Hendricks County will once again host one of the nation’s biggest events promoting awareness and education of the American Indian culture.

National Powwow XVI, which has been held every three years since its inception in 1969, returns to Danville July 3-6, 2014, at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, 1900 East Main Street. The four-day event introduces visitors to a cultural experience filled with traditional singing and dancers in full regalia, primitive skills demonstrations, a living history tipi village, ethnic foods, crafts, artisans, kids’ activities, bird shows and so much more.

“We are so glad to be back in Hendricks County again,” said Chris Bryant, festival organizer. “All of our participants raved about the facilities three years ago. They were truly second to none.”

The festival, which debuted in Danville in the summer of 2011 after previous stops in Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Tipton, Ind., attracted more than 700 participants and 2,000 visitors to Hendricks County. Bryant said he hopes to see those numbers double this year with its return to the same location. Organizers also are expecting about 100 vendors at the event, whose wares will include American Indian jewelry, musical instruments, art and crafts.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. daily. A full schedule of festivities continues throughout all four days, transforming the 110-acre fairgrounds into an American Indian experience with something of interest for everyone in the family. Participants will come from all over the country and even Canada to provide daily activities such as educational seminars focusing on tribal customs and history and various craft instruction. Highlights of the event include a special dance to honor Veterans on July 4, a parade and children’s powwow on July 5, daily Birds of Prey shows, a national craft contest, the crowning of the National Powwow princess and many other interactive activities designed to educate and entertain visitors.

“It’s a pleasure to have National Powwow returning to Hendricks County this year,” said Jaime Bohler Smith, executive director of Visit Hendricks County. “We are thrilled to host the thousands of visitors and participants who stay, eat, shop and dine in our communities while showcasing the unique educational and entertainment options of the event to our residents. This is one of those activities that not only leaves a lasting economic impact, but enhances the quality of life in our area as well.”

Admission is $5 daily for adults, $2 for children ages 5-12 while children under 5 get in free. Select groups can receive a special discounted $1 admission throughout the event. Those special days include:

  • Thursday, July 3 – Seniors (age 50+).
  • Friday, July 4 – Servicemen including Active Duty Military, Veterans, EMS, Police and Fire Services with identification.
  • Saturday, July 5 – 4-H members.
  • Sunday, July 6 – Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the National Powwow website at www.NationalPowwow.com.