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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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As the end of my time at the Hamilton County CVB approaches, I can’t help but look back at how much I’ve learned, in terms of both job skills and knowledge about this place I’ve called home for the past 13 years. While the former doesn’t have a place here, I can’t help but share just a few things about the latter.

1. That there are music halls in Northern Hamilton County, the Atlanta Music Hall in Atlanta, and the Hedgehog in Arcadia. Quaint towns and local music make for a different kind of evening out!

2. That Hamilton County – Westfield in particular – was a hot bed of Underground Railroad activity (although I may have learned this in fourth grade social studies and since forgotten). In Westfield there are even haunted Underground Railroad walks, a perfect Halloween activity for a history buff like me.

3. How to navigate all of Carmel’s roundabouts. In fact, I’ve come to like them, they actually do make driving easier, go figure!

4. That Hamilton County was named the #1 place to raise a family in 2008 by Forbes magazine. Good choice, mom and dad.

5. That the Atlanta Mercantile, in Northern Hamilton County, sells local and regional artisan goods, from candies and homemade foods to antiques and a wide variety of arts and crafts.

6. Just how many excursions the Indiana Transportation Museum offers. Growing up I always knew about, and even frequented the FairTrain, Polar Bear Express, and Pumpkin Train, but after a summer here, I’m excited to take a go on the Dinner in the Diner or the Dinner or a Movie too!

7. What a wide variety of quaint and unique local restaurants we have here. From an old Carnegie Library and fine Italian to coffee shops and tea rooms.

8. How wonderful a place Hamilton County is, not only for an Indiana getaway, but also somewhere to live, work and play. There’s so much to do here, leaving me ashamed that I ever spent a weekend lamenting boredom.

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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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1. Be apart of the memorable “First Friday’s” event in downtown Noblesville where you will enjoy music, games, prizes and specials from merchants and restauranteurs – Friday, August 7.

2. All aboard!  Ride the WFMS State FairTrain down to the 2009 Indiana State Fair. – Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 23.

Willy Wonka performance at The Belfry Theatre

Willy Wonka performance at The Belfry Theatre

3.  Immerse yourself into a magical world of fun, music and candy at a live performance of “Willy Wonka” at the Belfry Theatre in Noblesville – Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9.

4.  Sip half-priced drinks and dine on delicious featured dishes at Peterson’s Restaurant in Fishers – Friday, August 7 – Saturday, August 8.

5.  Take the family for a picnic in the park at Forest Park in Noblesville (I will be there Saturday!).

6.  Boogie down to the tunes of country music star Brad Paisley at Verizon Wireless in Noblesville – Saturday, August, 8.

7.  Take advantage of great sales while you are back-to-school shopping at Clay Terrace in Carmel!

8. Visit the Phrenologist at Conner Prairie to learn what all those bumps on your head REALLY mean…  – Sunday, August 9.

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

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FairTrainI have been going to the Indiana State Fair for as long as I can remember.  The rides, food, music, animals, concerts, did I mention the FOOD?  And as I recall my annual August trips to the fairgrounds – I also remember riding the FairTrain to get there.  No traffic, no trouble parking and the fun of riding a train all wraps up into one great experience.

I do recall having a little FairTrain anxiety – where do I park?  What if I miss the train – can I catch another ride?  What are the drop-off and pick-up times?  So, below is some invaluable WFMS FairTrain information – please visit  the itm.org for for even more details (and don’t forget the 2009 Indiana State Fair is even longer than previous years, so you have from August 7-23 to go).

Tickets – you can buy the tickets at the Fishers Train Station.  Cost is: Adults $13, Children 2-12 $6, Children 2 and under are free (don’t forget to stop by a local Key Bank for discounted tickets.   Indiana State Fair tickets can be purchased on the train or at the gate!

Pick-up/Drop-off – To get to the Fair, arrive about 30 minutes before departure at the Fishers Train Station, located at 11601 Municipal Drive.  The train will then drop you off at the Fairgrounds Station (meet back there to get back to Fishers).

Parking – Parking at the Fishers Train Station is free.

Riding Train - Anderson Family

Schedule

Depart Fishers

8:45 am
10:15 am
11:45 am
1:15 pm
2:45 pm
4:15 pm
5:45 pm
7:15 pm
8:45 pm
10:15 pm

Depart the Fair

9:30 am
11:00 am
12:30 pm
2:00 pm
3:30 pm
5:00 pm
6:30 pm
8:00 pm
9:30 pm
11:00 pm

UPDATE: ACCORDING TO THE INDY STAR – YOU CAN BUY ADVANCED TICKETS AT HALF THE COST.  HERE IS THAT LINK FOR MORE INFO: http://ow.ly/ku7O

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