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Things to do in Indianapolis, May 19-25, 2014

Indiana Roof Ballroom

Snakepit Ball at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, May 24. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved. Logo

15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana

  1. SUN: 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  2. SAT: 58th Annual IPL 500 Festival Parade in Downtown Indianapolis
  3. TUE: Indiana Pacers NBA Playoffs Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  4. SAT: KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball at the Indiana Roof Ballroom
  5. MON: Spotlight 2014 at Clowes Memorial Hall
  6. THU: Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
  7. WED-SUN: 31st Annual Banks of the Wabash Festival in Terre Haute
  8. WED: 500 Festival Community Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  9. WED: 34th Annual Zoopolis 500 at the Indianapolis Zoo
  10. THU: Statehouse Market at the Indiana State Capitol Building
  11. THU: Rev Rally in Brownsburg
  12. SAT-SUN: 38th Annual Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous in Knox County
  13. SAT: 69th Annual Visit Hendricks County ‘Night Before the 500’ at Lucas Oil Raceway
  14. FRI: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. FRI: 500 Festival Memorial Service on Monument Circle

For more information about thousands of upcoming events and things to do in Indianapolis and Indiana, visit our main Web site at, or go mobile at Thank you for using as your source for Indy events!

‘Night Before the 500’ Grand Marshal? It Could Be You!

April 10, 2014 Leave a comment
Lucas Oil Raceway

Lucas Oil Raceway. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Josh Duke
Visit Hendricks County

Visit Hendricks County, as part of its sponsorship of the “Night Before the 500,” will for the first time ever give one lucky race fan the opportunity to be grand marshal of the May 24, 2014 event on the oval at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Visit Hendricks County is now accepting applications by asking race fans to share a story or experience demonstrating why they should serve as grand marshal for this event.

“We are really excited to hear from the diehard fans of this sport and give one an opportunity to be grand marshal for this great race,” said Sarah Ferguson, director of marketing for Visit Hendricks County. “We want to hear their stories from this event and this track especially considering Lucas Oil Raceway is one of the county’s most prominent visitor attractions.”

The fan chosen for the distinction will follow in a long line of previous honorees, including last year’s grand marshal, A.J. Watson, a USAC Hall of Fame inductee. The winner also will receive four tickets to the race, access to the Visit Hendricks County suite and will be honored during pre-race ceremonies on the track.

The Visit Hendricks County Night Before the 500 is a long-standing event showcasing USAC Midget, Pro Mazda, and USF2000 racing. Racing legends like A.J. Foyt, who was the first winner in 1961, have taken part in this event. Other past winners include Johnny Parsons, Mel Kenyon, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne.

“No sport has a more passionate fan base than motorsports so when Visit Hendricks County presented the idea of awarding a race fan with the opportunity to serve as grand marshal, it made perfect sense,” said Randy Simpson, general manager at Lucas Oil Raceway. “When you get down to it, Lucas Oil Raceway is really in the business of making memories, and this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one lucky race fan. I cannot wait to read each fan’s story – I might even submit my own!”

Fans who want to be entered in the contest have until April 24 to submit their story. Applicants must be 21 years or older to enter and are limited to one entry per household.

To submit an entry, go to and look for the Grand Marshal Contest button. In addition to the grand prize winner, two other entries will be awarded runners-up prize packages which include four general admission tickets to the Visit Hendricks County Night Before the 500 race.

For complete contest rules or more information, visit