Tourist Attractions

Plaza being built near state fairgrounds coliseum

September 12, 2014
Associated Press
Crews have started building a $2 million pedestrian plaza next to the newly renovated Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum.
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Three-drink limit for beer, wine at Indiana State Fair

July 29, 2014
Associated Press
Strict limits will be in place when the Indiana State Fair sells alcoholic drinks for the first since 1946 when its 17-day run begins Friday.
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Tech entrepreneur launches Indy Visitors Channel

July 26, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Folksy chief cements deals with handshakes, promotes tourism spots with video network in hotels.
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Dozens of brewers, wineries set for Indiana State Fair

July 10, 2014
Associated Press
About 40 Indiana craft brewers and wineries will be setting up shop in the new wine and beer garden inside the fairgrounds' Grand Hall.
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State Fair prepares to pop cork on alcohol sales

June 16, 2014
Emily Metheny, The Statehouse File
Indiana beers and wines will be available this summer for the first time in seven decades, but there will be several limitations on their sale.
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State parks see surge in business as weather heats up

June 11, 2014
Dan Human
Revenue from year-long passes was up about 8 percent this year through the end of May compared to the same time last year, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
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After Super Bowl setback, Indianapolis races to lure other events

May 24, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
A stinging defeat for Indy’s quest to land the 2018 Super Bowl leaves a giant opening in the city’s convention schedule and brings new urgency to recruiting future sports events.
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Indianapolis Zoo's orangutan center set for opening

May 23, 2014
Associated Press
The $26 million International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo is scheduled to open to the public Saturday. Zoo officials expect a tremendous attendance boost from the exhibit.
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500 Festival Mini Marathon might not fill field

April 20, 2014
Associated Press
With less than two weeks to go, the 38th 500 Festival Mini Marathon might not have a full field for the first time in 12 years.
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Indiana wineries, breweries to be featured at State Fair

March 27, 2014
Ally Marlow, The Statehouse File
Indiana State Fair Public Relations Director Andy Klotz said there is no concrete plan yet for how newly approved alcohol sales will work, but the main focus will be to promote Indiana beer and wine.
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Pence signs bill allowing state fair alcohol sales

March 16, 2014
Associated Press
The law ends a 67-year ban on selling alcoholic beverages at the Indiana State Fair, positioning Indiana to join 48 other states that allow the practice.
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State not liable for contractor in fair stage collapse

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
A Marion County judge has denied Mid-America Sound Corp.'s claim that the state is financially responsible for the cost of its defense and any judgments against it over the fatal 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
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Bill allowing state fair alcohol sales heads to governor

February 25, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
The bill, authored by Sen. James Merritt, R-Indianapolis, seeks to end a nearly 70-year old ban on beer and alcohol sales at the state fair.
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Danville to channel TV's Mayberry during 2-day festival

February 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Hendricks County will serve up a heaping helping of nostalgia this spring with a festival devoted to "The Andy Griffith Show."
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Art museum taps veteran curator to lead endeavors

February 25, 2014
Associated Press
St. Louis Art Museum curator Tricia Paik was announced Monday as the Indianapolis Museum of Art's new curator of contemporary art.
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Bill to allow booze sales at Indiana State Fair in home stretch

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate passed a bill to lift the ban 33-13 last month, and the state House now has the measure. It cleared the second of its required three readings in the House on Monday.
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Vintage-car entrants for Speedway race zoom past maximum

February 18, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The rush of drivers trying to enter a new vintage car race at the IMS was so fast and furious that the event promoter has been forced to turn away many of them.
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Indiana RV museum on road to recovery

February 16, 2014
Associated Press
The 71-year-old president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart says the museum's debt has been reduced from $5.5 million to about $2.5 million.
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No foolin': New state tourism pitch is 'Honest to Goodness'

February 12, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The new tourism slogan, which replaces "Restart your engines," is the hook for a widescale state rebranding campaign.
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Visit Indy to map city's strategy for tourism

February 10, 2014
Anthony Schoetle
The $178,000 study will answer key questions about how the city can better connect its highlights, attract and please business and leisure travelers, and hook up with corporate partners.
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Fairgrounds Coliseum project ahead of schedule

January 27, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indiana State Fair officials are expecting to open the renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum in April, three months ahead of schedule.
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Longtime Indiana Beach owner dies at 100

November 13, 2013
Associated Press
Thomas Spackman, the son of the park's founder, added numerous rides at the tourist attraction, which became known for its commercial jingle, "There's more than corn in Indiana."
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Indy attracts more visitors than much-larger ClevelandRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
A comparison of the convention and tourism businesses.
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Hamilton County tourism getting sweeping updateRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Officials tout sophistication, Internet focus in attempt to shed folksy image.
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Indianapolis Air Show grounded for good, organizers say

November 1, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Amid federal budget cuts that have limited the participation of elite flying groups, the show's executive committee has decided to call it quits.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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