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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Celebrating Hendricks County Parks

IMG_2910Have you visited a Hendricks County park recently? July is Park and Recreation Month, so it’s a great time to get outside and enjoy all that Hendricks County has to offer. Whether you want to get fit, splash around, star gaze, or learn something new, there are plenty of great resources and opportunities in your own backyard.

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is issuing weekly challenges to get people out and about in local parks and recreation facilities. There’s still time to participate! Between July 18-24, you’re invited to snap a selfie with your friends and community, and between July 25-31, NRPA is asking for selfies that showcase your superhero side. NRPA will award weekly prizes. You can enter the content by uploading your photo to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #SuperJuly and #SuperPark Selfie. See official rules here.

Hendricks County Parks:

McCloud Nature Park: 232 acre park including more than six miles of hiking trails, year-round programs, a nature center, picnic facilities, modern restrooms, and access to Big Walnut Creek.

Sodalis Nature Park: 210 acre park with 5.5 acre pond for fishing (don’t forget your fishing license), 3.5 miles of nature trails, and a beautiful picnic area.

W.S. Gibbs Park: Under development.

Vandalia Trail: The previous Vandalia Railroad has been re-purposed for recreational use by cyclists, walkers, runners, and more.

In addition to county parks, there are a number of town parks to explore in Hendricks County. What are you waiting for? Get outside!

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Celebrate Indiana’s 200th Birthday

IMG_8154Events are being held all year to celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial. Hendricks County is showing Hoosier pride by hosting and participating in a number of bicentennial events. 2016 is a great time to learn more about our state! Check out these local events:

Indiana Bicentennial Symbols and Emblems: Staff and patrons of Avon-Washington Township Public Library explore the symbols and emblems of Indiana in this year-long project. The library will host programs, events, displays, and interactive games that include historical information and more.

District #5 Jordan School Display: The Porch in Danville is a tearoom that is located in the one-room schoolhouse that housed District #5 Jordan School between 1856-1929. Stop in to learn about a historic school in Hendricks County.

Indiana Courthouses: Online display of photographs of all 92 Indiana courthouses as well as former courthouse buildings. The 10 most beautiful courthouses will be selected through votes. Organized by the Plainfield Rotary Club.

Avon Community Heritage Festival: Celebrate the community of Avon and Indiana history at this year’s event on September 24th. Entertainment, fireworks, hayrides, vendors, tractor pull, and more.

Indiana History Quilt: Brownsburg’s Scrapbasket Quilt Guild members are creating a “slice” quilt featuring Indiana history. Each slice shows scenes and landmarks associated with the state.

Hendricks County Museum Heritage Quilt: Hendricks County organizations submitted square to celebrate the 150 years of Hendricks County heritage. This quilt is on display at the museum.

Christmas at the Museum: The Hendricks County Historical Museum will be decked out with displays depicting changes in Christmas decorating styles and toys over the years. The museum will be open from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, November 25th, and on Sunday afternoons from November 27-December 18.

Avon’s 200 Sculpture: Metal sculpture of the number 200 to commemorate the state bicentennial as well as Avon’s 20th anniversary. The sculpture can be found at Town Hall Park near the lake trail. Hendricks County residents are encouraged to take their photo with the sculpture and post it to social media using #avon200sculpture.

Torch Relay: The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay winds through all 92 Indiana counties to cover more than 3200 miles over a period of five weeks. Communities will celebrate the torch with various festivities. Click here to learn more about the relay.

 

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Hendricks County 4-H Fair Events

IMG_6327Summer is in full swing, which means it’s almost time for the annual Hendricks County 4-H Fair! Where else can you see an alligator show, BMX stunts, and a queen pageant in the same week?

From livestock shows to handcrafted items, be sure to take a look at the skills that Hendricks County 4-H members are learning and polishing this year. Then take a stroll to find your favorite carnival foods, rides, and games while listening to live music and other entertainment.

Athletic Endeavors

Get active before eating that funnel cake! The 2016 Hendricks County 4-H Fair includes the third annual 5k run/walk. All entrants receive a free one day entry to the fair. Click here to learn how to register. This event benefits Indiana Special Olympics.

The 2016 Hendricks County Olympics will be held on Wednesday, July 20th at 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Teams of four participate in events include nut & bolt match, item sorting, straw bale toss, pen the pig, and wheel barrow.

Pioneer Village

The Hendricks County Antique & Machinery Association is hosting Pioneer Day at the fair. Events include a hot dog eating contest, baked fruit pie judging, homemade ice cream judging, and a kids pedal tractor pull. Enter to win a first place ribbon and bragging rights! Pioneer Village will include corn shelling and a straw maze in addition to blacksmith and small engine demonstrations throughout the week.

Special Events

The Hendricks County 4-H has plenty of fun activities for the entire family. Here are just a few highlights to check out:

  • Dog obedience shows
  • Watermelon seed spitting contest
  • Horse shows
  • Pet parade
  • Radio control airplane and helicopter exhibition
  • Rocket launch
  • Bike rodeo
  • Pigeon show
  • Hendricks County 4-H Championship Rodeo
  • Demolition Derby
  • Baby contest
  • Blueberry contest
  • Antique tractor games
  • Cheerleading contest
  • Baked goods auction

Click here to see event dates and times on the 4-H Fair program. The 2016 Hendricks County 4-H Fair will be held from July 17-23 at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville. Admission information is available here.

 

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Learn to Swim in Hendricks County

5Kk3OULKIt’s hot outside, and cool water is extra inviting. If you have a pool, it’s important to make sure that you set family rules around use of the pool and make it clear that children can only swim if an adult is present to supervise.

Did you know that drowning is a leading cause of death for children ages 1-6? From beaches to creeks to pools to bathtubs, it only takes a few inches of water to pose a danger for your child or grandchild. Teaching kids water safety is one of the most effective ways to help them stay safe around water. Swimming lessons are available at a number of facilities in Hendricks County.

Gill Family Aquatic Center

Children ages 6-12 can learn to swim at Gill Family Aquatic Center in Danville. Scuba lessons are also available, so if you’re planning to try something new on your next vacation, maybe you’ll want to give it a try a bit closer to home first. Find more information here.

Hendricks County Regional Health YMCA

The YMCA offers swimming lessons for kids and adults alike. Click here to learn more about the YMCA.

Splash Island

Plainfield Recreation Center’s Splash Island offers plenty of fun as well as swimming lessons for everyone: parents/toddlers, preschoolers, youths, teens, and adults. Group and one-on-one instruction is available. Learn more here.

If you’re outdoors, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen. Stay safe this summer!

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Meet Tony Reffeitt

Steve and Erin Steele met real estate agent Tony Reffeitt a few years ago when they were newlyweds searching for their first home. A former part time real estate agent himself, Steve did his research when selecting the agent to help them find their starter home. He noticed that Tony was consistently rated highly and received a number of glowing reviews. After meeting with Tony, Steve and Erin selected him to help them find their home.

As their family grew, Erin felt that they needed a bigger home, but Steve was concerned that it wouldn’t be cost effective to move. They called Tony, who helped them run the numbers and offered suggestions for improvements and staging techniques they could use to sell their home at the best possible rate.

Erin noted that Tony was very accommodating of their busy lifestyles. “We were both working, so we were gone all day and he was super accommodating to our schedules. He came over to our house, he met us where it was convenient for us, when it was convenient for us, so we were able to crunch the numbers a lot sooner than we thought we were going to be able to which is awesome,” she commented.

Steve was happy because the numbers were higher than he had hoped. He appreciates Tony’s blunt approach and expert advice for staging and making home improvements to increase value. “He didn’t waste time and he told us what we needed to do,” Steve said.

Their starter home was on the market for less than a week thanks to Tony’s guidance. Steve believes it sold for ten to twenty thousand dollars more thanks to Tony’s advice and representation.

The Steele family was able to move into their bigger home within about two months of beginning the process, and they couldn’t be happier. Click on the video below to learn more about Steve and Erin’s experience working with Tony:

If you’re buying or selling property in the greater Hendricks County area, contact Tony at (317) 216-TONY today.

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