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If you are already planning a weekend getaway to Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns or are looking to take a last minute Indiana vacation, here are 8 Great Things to do in Hamilton County, Indiana this weekend:

Explore fire trucks, police cars, dump trucks and more at "Things That Go Rodeo" Image from www.ci.carmel.in.us

Explore fire trucks, police cars, dump trucks and more at "Things That Go Rodeo" Image from http://www.ci.carmel.in.us

1. Learn about Chinese landscapes at Chen Hao’s Chinese Art Exhibit: Urban Landscape– Friday, August 28 – Saturday, August 29.

2. Check out cool cars from all eras at the Fishers Community Car Show (all profits will go to benefit Prevail, Inc). – Saturday, August 29.

3. Check out Carmel’s “Things That Go Rodeo” for a fun, free way to entertain the kids. – Saturday, August 29.

4. Wrap up summer in Arcadia with the “Summer Windup” celebration. – Saturday, August 29.

5. While in Arcadia on Saturday night, visit the Hedgehog Music Showcase and watch a variety show that features a wide variety of entertainers and musical genres.

6. Take your taste buds to another time at Conner Prairie’s “Taste the Past” event.  Come hungry because you will be feasting on authentic food from 1816, 1836 and 1886. – Saturday, August 29 – Sunday, August 30.

7. Choo! Choo!  Ride the caboose shuttle to and from Forest Park.  While there, take a walk in the park, spin around on their carousel or enjoy a picnic lunch. – Sunday, August 29.

8. Close out the weekend with a free concert in Noblesville’s Seminary Park.  – Sunday, August 30.

*Visit us online at 8GreatTowns.com for more details on the activities above and other weekend fun ideas!

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Summer is coming to an end and before you know it fall will be over here, leaving us little time left to enjoy the great outdoors of Hamilton County – or at least while it is warm!  Before the season passes us by, we want to have a contest to encourage you to see another side of Hamilton County, Indiana.

Strawtown Koteewi Park - Photo from MyHamiltonCountyParks.com

Strawtown Koteewi Park - Photo from MyHamiltonCountyParks.com

The idea is simple – pack up your family and camp out under the stars in beautiful White River Campground.  Start early the next morning with a hike or leisurely stroll at Strawtown Koteewi Park (if it is late fall, sit back and watch the leaves change colors).  Take in one of the many interpretive programs the staff offers before heading back for lunch at your campsite.  Don’t miss Potter’s Bridge or check out one of the many free fall festivals in the area.  After the busy day, slow things down with an ice cream cone at Alexander’s on the Water.  The next day take everyone to Geist Lake Marina and rent kayak’s for a day of fun on the water.  If you are in need of a fun Indiana family getaway – look no further!

Here are the details:

PRIZE: A gift certificate for 2 FREE overnight stays at White River Campground in Cicero, a $20 gift certificate for Alexander’s on the Water in Cicero (can also be used at the Noblesville Square location) and 2 gift certificates for buy one kayak rental, get one free from Geist Lake Marina.  Entrance to and programs at Strawtown Koteewi Park are free!

How to win: Answer the following question in our comment section (I will keep comments turned off until the contest is over).  I will throw all the names of the people that correctly answer into a hat and randomly select the winner!

CONTEST ENDS ON MONDAY MORNING AT 9 AM – I WILL THEN DRAW THE NAME AND ANNOUNCE THE WINNER!

QUESTION:  Koteewi is a Miami Native American word meaning what?

Good luck to all!

hint: http://www.co.hamilton.in.us/parks_details.asp?id=2932

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If you are already planning a weekend getaway to Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns or are looking to take a last minute Indiana vacation, here are 8 Great Things to do in Hamilton County, Indiana this weekend:

1. All aboard!  Ride the WFMS State FairTrain down to the 2009 Indiana State Fair. Train departs from the Fishers Train Station- Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 23.

2. Find a good spot in downtown Noblesville to sit back and enjoy the smooth sounds and ambiance of Jazz Squared. – Friday, August 21.

Bear Slide Golf Club in Cicero, Indiana

Bear Slide Golf Club in Cicero, Indiana

3. Take a bottle of wine, something delicious to eat and a blanket to rock out at Rockapella night at Symphony on the Prairie – Friday, August 21 – Saturday, August 22.

4.  Golf season will be over before you know it, so play 18 of our 297 holes at one of our many Hamilton County, Indiana golf courses!

5.  Travel back to a time of poodle skirts and saddle shoes during “Jukebox Saturday” at Cool Creek Park in Carmel – Saturday, August 22.

6.  Watch local artisans create beautiful works of art at “Arts in the Park” in Sheridan Veterans Park- Saturday, August 22.

7.  Looking for outdoor recreation?  Visit Strawtown Koteewi Park for an evening hike.  Choose between a woodland wildflower hike or a star gazing tour – Saturday, August 22.

8.  Have an exciting family outing during Conner Prairie’s “Family Canoe Adventure.” – Saturday, August 22 – Sunday, August 23.

*Visit us online at 8GreatTowns.com for more details on the activities above and other weekend fun ideas!

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I was reading the Visit Indiana blog when I stumbled across a post about a recent experience a blogger had at Symphony on the Prairie (including taking a ride in the 1859 Balloon Voyage).  You all should take a moment to read this post, because I found several of the statements completely relatable and totally hilarious (Fear causing you to sit on the floor of the balloon basket while it ascends 350 into the air?  Describing the Symphony on the Prairie as “sophisticated tailgating?”  Grocery shopping being considered a date night?).  All in all, I must say that the Symphony on the Prairie is a wonderful way to spend an Indiana summer evening, especially when it’s coupled with a balloon ride during sunset.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!  http://www.in.gov/visitindiana/blog/

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If you are already planning a getaway to Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns or are looking to take a last minute Indiana vacation, here are 8 Great Things to do in Hamilton County, Indiana this weekend:

1. All aboard!  Ride the WFMS State FairTrain down to the 2009 Indiana State Fair. Train departs from the Fishers Train Station- Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 23.

Watching the WFMS FairTrain

Watching the WFMS FairTrain

2. Buy sweet corn on the cob, just-picked fruits and fresh veggies at one of the local Farmers Markets.  Westfield – Friday, August 14 or Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville – Saturday, August 15.

3.  See Nickelback perform live in concert at Verizon Wireless in Noblesville – Saturday, August 15.

4.  Escape the summer heat and catch a movie at the Hamilton 16 IMAX in Noblesville.

5.  Snuggle up with a loved one under the stars while watching a Movie in the Park in Atlanta – Saturday, August 15.

6.  Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Air Mail at Conner Prairie in Fishers- Saturday, August, 8.

7.  Relax with friends at beautiful Coxhall Gardens while listening to the music of the Indianapolis Jazz Quartet – Sunday, August 16.

8.  Once you arrive back at the Fishers Train Station from the State Fair, walk to Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream for a sweet treat.

*Visit us online at 8GreatTowns.com for more details on the activities above and other weekend fun ideas!

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One of our readers recently rode the WFMS FairTrain and sent this recap to me – I had to share their fun experience:

Thank you for the recommendation on taking the Fair Train down to the Indiana State Fair!  Friday evening, my husband, 20 month old son and I decided to take the 5:45 p.m. train to the fairgrounds.  We were running late (as usual) as we pulled into the Fishers Train Station, so at 5:44 we found ourselves running through the parking lot as fast as we could trying not to miss the train.  I’m sure we were a sight to see because I was running with my purse, diaper bag and son on my hip alongside my husband who was carrying the stroller.   Luckily a man working the train saw us and waved to let us know they were holding the train.  We were happy to finally make it on onboard because my son LOVED it.  Every time he would hear the whistle blow he would put his hand up to his ear and make the funniest face.

30 minutes later we arrived at the Fair.  We watched the parade as we feasted on the delicious corn dogs, tenderloins, cheese fries and milkshakes. Then we made our way through the barns to see and pet the horses, pigs, goats and sheep.  My son was in heaven!  Then as the sun was setting we ventured over to the Midway for a ride on the carousel and ferris wheel.  We had planned on leaving around 8 or 9 but we were having so much fun, we waited for the 11 p.m. train back to Fishers.  My son was fast asleep before the train started moving!

We definitely plan to make the Fair Train a yearly tradition for our growing family.

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Today is the first day of the 2009 Indiana State Fair and to celebrate this exciting event we are having a contest!   The prize for this contest is 4 round-trip tickets to ride the WFMS State FairTrain presented by KeyBank (valued at $52.00).  These tickets are valid for any of the scheduled FairTrain trips from August 7-23.  Admission tickets for the State Fair can be purchased on the train or at the gate.

SO – to win these 4 round-trip WFMS State FairTrain tickets, please correctly answer the following question in the comments section- by 3:30 p.m. today (August 7, 2009)! I will keep comments hidden until the end of the contest and then we will randomly select the winner from a hat.

QUESTION:  What is the signature food of the 2009 Indiana State Fair?

For more information on the WFMS State FairTrain visit the following website: itm.org.

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