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May 13, 2014

Speedway's annual street fest brings out the crowds

SPEEDWAY — The second annual Indy Family Foundation “Festival on Main” took place on Main Street here over the weekend and brought people of all ages to celebrate the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 and all of the activities associated with it.

Heather Carpenter, president of Indy Family Foundation, said the event is meant to get people excited about the month of May here in the Indianapolis area.

“We have something for everyone here,” she said. “It’s a family friendly event, and we want people to have fun and relax. The festival has everything from a kids’ zone to two beer gardens to a zip line, a car show — we have it all here.”

The planning process took about a year, she said, and all of the workers were volunteers.

“We are a 501c3 charity, run by volunteers,” Carpenter said. “Any time anyone who is credentialed in racing or their family members were to come upon hard times with injury or illness, they can apply to us and we can help them. We can help them with anything from paying their mortgage to grocery bills or medical bills.”

She and her husband, IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter, wanted this festival to be a place where children can come to, along with adults.

“We were looking for something that’s fun and free and people can bring their families out and have a good time,” she said. “Especially with all of the revitalization they’ve done with Speedway, this is great.”

In the Kids’ Zone, there were bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals and a rock climbing wall.

Indy 500 Princess Steph Wolfred, who represents Greenwood and attends Butler University, was doing crafts with the children there.

“We’re here being a 500 Festival Princess, promoting the 500 Festival, doing crafts with the kids and having a good time,” she said. “I knew being a princess was a leadership position and I knew it was a role I could play in the community. I love the 500 and the 500 Festival. This is a great thing for Indianapolis and a great way to get involved.”

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