Apples, Scarecrows, and Short Films, Oh My!

83d57be91e670bc38d564c12e56338d2Fall is a busy and fun time in Hendricks County. From the changing leaves to the crisp morning air, it’s a delightful season to spend time outdoors with family and friends.

There are a number of fantastic fall activities taking place in early October throughout Hendricks County. This week, let’s take a look at what’s happening in Danville!

Beasley’s Heartland Apple Festival

Beasley’s Orchard is hosting the 29th annual Heartland Apple Festival on the first two weekends in October from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Enjoy great food, live music, a puppet show, pumpkin patch hayrides, hay mountain, and a variety of arts and crafts. There will also be a Barnyard Bonanza kid’s activity zone  in addition to an 8 acre corn maze. This year’s corn maze theme commemorates the 50th anniversary of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

Celebrate the apple harvest by enjoying a hand-dipped caramel apple, homemade apple butter, fresh pressed apple cider, or even apple dumplings. Get details and entertainment lineup information here.

Danville Scarecrow Display

Local businesses, organizations, and individuals work to create their most innovative scarecrow and enter it in the Danville Scarecrow Display. The scarecrows are displayed around the Hendricks County Courthouse Square throughout the entire month of October, beginning on October 1st.

Indiana Short Film Festival

The Royal Theater is hosting the Indiana Short Film Festival from October 7th-9th. Filmmakers from all over the globe submit short films to this event. Films are shown in eight screenings over the three day festival. General admission tickets are available for $7 per screening or you can purchase a pass for $35 to view every screening and attend a VIP Filmmaker Meet and Greet. You can purchase tickets and view screening information here.

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Hendricks County Bicentennial Torch Relay

indiana bicentennialHoosiers across the state are gearing up to celebrate the Indiana Bicentennial on December 11th, 2016. Communities are coming together to create projects and legacies celebrating their Hoosier heritage. You can discover a few of the many activities taking place in Hendricks County here.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch began a 2,300 mile journey across the state’s 92 counties on September 9th. The torch relay began in Indiana’s original state capital, Corydon, and the journey will end with a celebration on the statehouse grounds in Indianapolis on October 15th. Hendricks County will be the 40th stop for the torch.

You can see the Bicentennial Torch in Hendricks County on September 23rd, 2016. The route will begin at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg. Torchbearers will then move through Avon, Danville, and Plainfield. 24 torchbearers were selected to represent Hendricks County. These individuals have positively impacted both the county and the state.

The schedule for September 23rd is as follows:

9:00 a.m. Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg (celebration site)

9:45 a.m. Avon Town Hall Park

10:15 a.m. Hendricks County Courthouse in Danville (celebration site)

11:45 a.m. Trail between Friendship Gardens and Hummel Park in Plainfield

1 p.m. Torch is passed to Morgan County

The celebration at Lucas Oil Raceway includes a special performance of the national anthem by Brownsburg native Jeffery James. Morgan Lucas will drive the torch down the drag strip in the Morgan Lucas Racing Top Fuel dragster.

In Avon, each fourth-grader in the school district will be present to cheer for the torch. There will also be a balloon release and a historical reenactor.

The Hendricks County Historical Museum’s Bicentennial Experience will be open to the public in Danville. When the torch takes the stage, there will be music and a proclamation in addition to 200 balloon being released.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see a piece of history as the torch travels through Hendricks County!

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Fall Fun in Hendricks County

img_0118Hendricks County truly shines in autumn. Just a short drive from Indianapolis, Terre Haute, and other nearby cities, this family friendly destination offers everything from pumpkin patches to corn mazes for kids of all ages. If you’re lucky enough to live in Hendricks County, you’ll find no shortage of fun and activities to explore this season.

Hogan Farms, Brownsburg

Recently featured in 30 Perfect Pumpkin Patches in Indiana You Need to Know About, Hogan Farms offers an abundance of fall fun! You can pick your own pumpkins or purchase pre-picked pumpkins. Stop in on a weekend to take a hay ride ($5) and check out the brand new petting zoo featuring ewes, bunnies, ponies, and more on Saturdays and Sundays in October. This year’s corn maze is themed around the upcoming presidential election and is open Tuesdays-Sundays; admission is $8 per person. Hogan Farms is open Tuesday-Sunday from September 24th to October 30th.

Beasley’s Orchard, Danville

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” by meandering your way through the Peanuts themed corn maze at Beasley’s Orchard this fall. The corn maze is open on weekends from September 10th to October 30th. Admission is $7 per person. Youngsters will love climbing Hay Mountain and trying new activities at the Barnyard Bonanza, featuring a giant jumping pillow, spider web rope climber, and more. You can take a hay ride to the 15 acre you pick pumpkin patch, taste award winning fresh pressed apple cider, shop at the Barn Market, enjoy a hand-dipped caramel apple, and much more.  For even more fall fun, check out the Heartland Apple Festival on October 1st, 2nd, 8th, or 9th for live entertainment, good food, and more.

Fall Harvest Days, Avon

Held from 6-10 p.m. on October 10th, 17th, and 24th, Fall Harvest Days at Nehemiah Ranch is a family event featuring hot dogs, s’mores, popcorn, hayrides, and live Christian music. Children under 12 can select free pumpkins from the pumpkin patch.

Turtle Corn Maze, North Salem

McCloud Nature Park’s prairie has become a large corn maze featuring a turtle. Expect a hike of just over half a mile–that is, if you don’t get lost along the way! Free admission, open dawn to dusk September 3rd-October 31st, 2016.

What are your favorite fall activities in Hendricks County?


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Louisiana and Kokomo Disaster Relief

A truck full of donated supplies.

A truck full of donated supplies.

August 2016 brought severe flooding to Louisiana and Mississippi. 13 people died. 40,000 homes were damaged. Millions of dollars were lost due to agricultural damages. Then in late August, a tornado flattened the Starbucks in Kokomo and caused significant damage to the Indiana town. Charity Church is working to provide disaster relief to these locations. Read on to learn how you can help.

Where can I donate?

If you would like to donate items, you may drop them off at one of the following locations:

  • Charity Church, 2700 Tibbs Avenue, Indianapolis
  • The iShop Repair, 8401 E US 36, Avon
  • Shafer’s Collision Repair Center, 10690 E US 36, Avon
  • Indy Ink and Toner, 7900 E US 36, Suite E, Avon
  • Hendricks County Flyer, 8109 Kingston St. Suite 500, Avon

What items should I donate?

  • Bed linens
  • Towels/washcloths
  • Blankets
  • 1/2″ sheet rock
  • Bottled water
  • Canned goods
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Baby food
  • Gatorade
  • Pet food
  • Paper goods (plates, napkins, etc.)
  • Toilet paper
  • Diapers
  • Paper towels
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Hygiene products (deodorant, toothpaste, contact solution, etc.)
  • First aid supplies
  • Brooms
  • Shovels
  • Rakes
  • Drywall screws

unnamedYou can also donate here to help buy supplies. The average cost for a well stocked pallet is $500. Charity Church is connecting with stores to secure bulk discounts for items needed by those affected by the severe weather.

The first truck left for Louisiana on Wednesday, August 31st. Donations are still being accepted as more trucks will follow.

You can volunteer to help with sorting, packing, and loading donated items by contacting Todd Francis at Find more information about Charity’s disaster relief efforts here.

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6th Annual Bow Wow Bash

Image from the Bow Wow Bash event page.

Image from the Bow Wow Bash event page.

Brownsburg’s popular Bow Wow Bash is back for the sixth year on Saturday, September 10th, 2016. This eagerly anticipated event is a day of fun for dogs and their humans.

Held at Williams Park, the Bow Wow Bash is Hendricks County’s largest adoption event. If you’ve been searching for a pet, it could be your lucky day! Bow Wow Bash is also a fundraiser for Misty Eyes Animal Center, Hendricks County’s only no kill shelter. Misty Eyes is raising funds to help build a permanent facility in Brownsburg.

The Bow Wow Bash begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. Vendors and food booths will be on site all day. Temporary dog parks will be set up. A silent auction will be held until 2 p.m. and the adoption event will go on throughout the entire event. A Pet Blessing Ceremony will be given by D. Gray Lesesne at 11 a.m. You’ll also enjoy live music and a pet agility course.

The popular dog contests will take place between noon and 1:30 p.m. These entertaining dog competitions include categories such as “Best Dressed,” “Best Team Theme Costumes,” “Best Kisser,” “Best Talent,” and “Best of Show.” If your dog knows a cool trick or you have a fun owner/pet costume idea, be sure to enter!

The Paws on Parade pet parade will begin at 2:15 p.m., followed by the Misty Eyes Ball Drop at 3:00 p.m. This popular event is the grand finale of the Bow Wow Bash. 200 tennis balls are dropped from a Brownsburg Fire Truck. A retriever will be released to choose the winning ball. The winner of this contest will receive a prize pack including a one night stay at the Marriott Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel with a breakfast buffet for two, two tickets to the Indianapolis Zoo, two box seats to an Indianapolis Indians Game, two Brickyard Crossing Golf certificates, and a $50 restaurant gift card. You can purchase a chance to win here.

Stop by Williams Park with your four legged friend for a day full of furry fun on September 10th. Suggested donation is $5/person, kids and pets free.

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North Salem Old Fashion Days

file6101254769311On Labor Day weekend each year, the small town of North Salem hosts the North Salem Old Fashion Days. The northwest Hendricks County town celebrates traditions old and new during the 41st annual three day event.

The festival begins on Saturday with a smorgasboard breakfast from 7-10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church on Main Street. The largest parade in Hendricks County, the Old Fashion Days Parade, begins at 11 a.m. Kids entertainment includes bounce house, pony rides, and much more. Other festivities include:

  • Hendricks County Chorus performance
  • Pork chop dinner (10:30-3 p.m. at North Salem Christian Church on N California Street)
  • Kiddie tractor pulls
  • Live music
  • 50/50 raffle drawings
  • Line dancing
  • Horse pull
  • Gospel sing
  • Bed race
  • Truck pull
  • Karaoke contest
  • Car show
  • Craft and food vendors
  • Pie contest
  • Perillo’s pizza eating contest
  • Little Miss & Mr. Pioneer contest

Pet owners can enter their four legged friends in the pet parade on Monday. The 31st annual 5k/10k run/walk begins at 8:00 on Monday morning, taking runners and walkers on a brief tour of the countryside around North Salem with some moderate to difficult hills. Registration is $20 prior to September 1st. The fee goes up to $25 from September 1st to race day. T-shirts are included in the registration but can only be guaranteed if you register by August 22nd. All runners and walkers receive a free breakfast.

The Old Fashion Days Bicycle Tour is a casual ride that raises funds for the B&O Trail. Registration begins at 7 on Monday morning and the ride starts at 8 a.m. 13 and 30 mile routes are available. Ride fee includes hot breakfast or lunch.

North Salem’s Old Fashion Days will be held from September 3rd-5th, 2016. This is a great opportunity to explore a new area of beautiful Hendricks County!

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Brownsburg’s Third Annual Big Go Block Party

Brownsburg_Go_Block_PartyBrownsburg’s third annual Big Go Block Party celebrates racing in central Indiana. This fanfest for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Big Go event will take place on Tuesday, August 23rd from 5-8 p.m. on the Brownsburg Town Hall Green.

The Big Go Block Party is a highly anticipated family friendly event that allows fans to meet professional drivers, see show cars and hot rods, and celebrate racing in Hendricks County. Fans can get autographs from NHRA pro races between 6-7 p.m.

The Big Go event is held at Lucas Oil Raceway over Labor Day weekend, featuring more than 1,000 competitors in a variety of categories. This an annual event for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Whether you’re planning to attend the Big Go or you have a child who loves seeing different types of cars, you’re sure to enjoy the Big Go Block Party event. There will be a number of family activities in addition to a cruise-in hot rod show, local food trucks, and live music performed by jam rock band 800 lb. Gorilla. Displays will include Top Fuel dragsters and funny cars as well as Pro Stock cars and motorcycles.

This free event is hosted by the Town of Brownsburg, the National Hot Road Association (NHRA), Lucas Oil Raceway, Don Schumacher Racing, and John Force Racing.

To learn more about the third annual Big Go Block Party, check out the Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.

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Basically Buttercream

13226722_1156358041050097_5087239075181454414_nHave you been craving a delicious chocolate cupcake? Searching for a new lunch spot in Brownsburg? Be sure to check out Basically Buttercream and Cafe at 729 Green Street.

Owned and operated by Jason and Shannon Anderson, the cafe offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, cupcakes, sweets, hot menu items, pastries, and more. You can also stop in to pick up Basically Meals to Go, meals that are ready to cook to enjoy at home with your family. View the cafe menu here.

The Anderson’s own a company called Chefs in Motion, Inc. In addition to the sandwich and pastry shop located in Brownsburg, they offer wedding and specialty cakes, catering services for formal and semi-formal events, and a food truck called The Kickstand. The company is based in Brownsburg and serves mid-central Indiana. Jason and Shannon source local and seasonal ingredients as much as they can. They support Indiana artisans and sustainable agriculture.

Basically Buttercream and Cafe is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. You can stop in or give them a call at (317) 286-7617. Keep an eye out for The Kickstand food truck at local farmers markets, including Brownsburg, Avon, Danville, and Plainfield.

Welcome to Brownsburg, Basically Buttercream!

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Weston Foods Selects Brownsburg as U.S. Headquarters

file4051303080738Brownsburg is a great place to live and work, and the world is taking notice. Weston Foods, a Toronto-based baked goods company, recently chose the Maplehurst Bakeries facility in Brownsburg as the company’s U.S. headquarters location. Weston Foods will invest $1.6 million to renovate the current production facility.

Construction is underway at the Maplehurst Bakeries facility, where an open-concept office space will be created. Updates are being made around the facility, including updated meeting spaces, bathrooms, kitchen, and more.

Weston Foods operates 16 facilities in 13 states. The company and branches (Maplehurst Bakeries, Norse Dairy Systems, ACE Bakery, and Interbake Foods) make cakes, cookies, crackers, artisan breads, donuts, pies, cupcakes, and more. These products are sold at various North American grocery stores and supermarkets.

The company employs approximately 500 individuals in Indiana. The new U.S. headquarters in Brownsburg will create an estimated 16 new jobs in the area, predicted to pay up to 180% more than Indiana’s average wage. That’s great news for Brownsburg! New jobs will create new opportunities for local residents.

Grab a locally produced donut and toast Brownsburg’s continued economic success!


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Spacious, Low Maintenance Hendricks County Condo for Sale

kitchenDo you love having a yard but hate mowing the grass? Loathe shoveling your drive each winter?

If this describes you, check out this fantastic low maintenance brick ranch condo at 10306 River Park in Hendricks County’s Eagle Lakes community. The homeowners association mows the lawn and removes snow from the drive and sidewalks. The association also takes care of exterior building maintenance and trash removal. Living in this community also includes access to a large clubhouse that includes a fitness facility and common area.

Located near Eagle Creek Golf Club and Eagle Creek Park, the Eagle Lakes community offers a serene retreat, but it’s located just miles from downtown Indianapolis, making it a great option for those who commute to the city for work. It’s conveniently located near restaurants, shopping, medical facilities, and much more.

great roomPerfect for recreating your mom’s famous Christmas cookies, the spacious cherry kitchen in this 2139 square foot condo features new stainless appliances and includes a handy center island.  There’s also a breakfast room as well as a walk in pantry for easy storage. In addition to the updated appliances, the home includes new flooring, paints, lights, fixtures, and hardware.

Families will love spending time in the large great room, which includes a gas fireplace and is perfect for cozy movie nights. The ceramic tiled sun room is the perfect spot to eat breakfast on a summer morning. With no stairs or excessive maintenance, this condo is a great choice.

riverThe master suite features a separate garden tub as well as dual sinks. The large walk-in closet can easily house all of your clothes, shoes, and sports equipment or mementos. It could also be adapted into a small reading nook or arts and craft space. Of course, the attached over sized 2 car garage could also house your hobbies!

If you have pets, you’ll love the beautiful fenced courtyard. It’s also an excellent place to enjoy a cup of coffee while reading catching up on the latest Hendricks County news.

With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, this easy care brick ranch condo is an excellent Hendricks County home. Want to learn more? Click here to take a virtual tour or simply call Realtor Tony Reffeitt at (317) 216-TONY.

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