Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

April 29, 2013

Foundation to host festival


SPEEDWAY — On May 10, Main Street in Speedway will be the site of the Festival on Main, presented by the Indy Family Foundation (IFF).

The festival runs from 6 to 10 p.m., with activities for people of all ages.

Heather Carpenter, president of the IFF, highlighted some of the main attractions.

“We’ll have a car show (and) we’re going to have a huge kids’ zone,” she said. “(There will also be) a beer garden with local breweries, and we’ll have eight food trucks … Dallara is going to be open with the two-seaters running and a lot of other racing experiences. We’re going to have a local celebrity/IndyCar driver dunk tank and we’re working on having music.”

She added that registration for the car show may be done online at the foundation’s website at www.indyfamilyfoundation.com for $25, or the day of the show at $35. Prizes include Bronze Badges for the entire month of May or suite passes.

Carpenter said the foundation would like the festival to be the kick-off event for one of Speedway’s busiest months.

“We’re hoping it’s a good kickoff festival to continue for years (for) the start of the month of May,” she said.

Carpenter said the idea for the festival started at the beginning of the year.

“Back in January, our group got together and we were trying to come up with fundraisers and we kind of decided this would be a fun one for … not only racing fans, but the community to come and enjoy themselves,” she said.

She said the festival will benefit the foundation and touched on what the IFF offers.

“It raises money for the Indy Family Foundation,” she said. “We are all volunteers and basically anyone who’s ever been in any type of racing, or their family members, if they were to get injured, or an illness … they can apply to us for help. They can remain anonymous through our group; we have an outside social worker deal with them. We can help them with pretty much anything, whether it comes to medical bills, bankruptcy filing, food and groceries, you name it, we can help them.”

Carpenter said the festival will feature something for everyone.

“The whole family can come out and enjoy themselves,” she said. “If you don’t have a family, there’s still the beer garden and the car show. People can come out and see the drivers … some of the NHRA guys are coming out. I think it will be a really good way to get people excited about the month of May and all the festivities that are getting going.”

She said a few of the main sponsors are 500 Automotive, out of Clinton, which is sponsoring the car show; Gregory and Appel Insurance, Indianapolis; the Tony Stewart Foundation; and the Speedway Chamber of Commerce.  She also said there are a lot of partners helping to make the event possible, like Sun King Brewery, Flat 12 Bierworks, the Food Truck Alliance of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Morgan Lucas Racing, and more.

Another event the foundation will be presenting in May is Fashion in the Fast Lane at 10 a.m. May 23 at the East Chalet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

For more information on upcoming events or the foundation itself, visit the website at www.indyfamilyfoundation.com.