— Entertainers are needed for one of the largest four-hour music festivals in the nation, and the 500 Festival is now accepting applications.
Bands, DJs, and dance troupes will entertain runners and walkers and cheer them to the finish line of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Finish Line 500 Festival 5K.
Live entertainment will provide motivation for participants making their way through the 13.1-mile course on May 4. Last year nearly 100 groups performed along the course of the nation's largest half-marathon.
The application deadline for those who would like to participate in this year's entertainment line-up is April 1. Space is limited, so the 500 Festival encourages those interested to apply early.
Along with performing in front of the 35,000 participants of the mini-marathon and 4,000 participants of the 5K, all entertainers will have: Group name and link website listed on www.500festival.com, group name listed in "thank you" ad placed in local newspaper, tickets to an Indianapolis 500 practice day, certificate of participation, and an opportunity to place personal signage at each entertainer's performance location.
Groups may register online at www.500festival.com or mail an entertainment registration form to Alexis Spooner, 500 Festival, 500 Festival Building, 21 Virginia Ave., Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46204. A demo DVD or CD and photo must be included with the application. For more information, call 614-6115 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registrations are still available to participate in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Finish Line 500 Festival 5K. Registration will close when the maximum field of 35,000 participants is reached for the mini and 4,000 for the 5K. The mini has sold out the past 11 years.