If you're looking for something fun to do in Hendricks County this Labor Day Weekend, you have come to the right place. From the famed asphalt at Lucas Oil Raceway and the excitement of the 60th NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Brownsburg to the friendly streets of North Salem for the 39th edition of the North Salem Old Fashion Days, there is plenty to see an do.
There is much more going on that I won't cover here, but you can always go to the Visit Hendricks County Events Calendar for the latest on all of the events and activities for you and your family and friends to enjoy this holiday weekend or really anytime.
Few folks around this area do a better job of throwing out the ‘Welcome' mat than the people of North Salem during Old Fashion Days, which has become a Labor Day tradition in Hendricks County.
The three-day festival which runs from Saturday through Monday provides fun for all, from the pageantry of one of the larger parades of its kind you'll see anywhere at 11 a.m. on Saturday to new activities such as ziplining down Main Street and even an outhouse race (I'm not making this up...).
Other activities include a truck and tractor pull, live music, car show, pie contest, a bike ride, a 10K run and a 5K run and walk and so much more. For more details, check out the insider preview my colleague Becky Wilson-Lusk put together for you by clicking here.
One of the more unique events of the weekend will take place on Saturday at Ellis Park in Danville. It is a benefit entitled Music to their Ears 2014.
The all-day event is "...the concert to help children hear" and benefits the Katie's Hear to Help Foundation, the purpose of which is to assist families who need help purchasing hearing aids for their children.
Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-15 and can be purchased in advance online.
Established by Chris and Kelly DiBenedetto - in support of their daughter, Katie - the event will feature Cornfield Mafia as the headliner and also include a performance by the Fergus Daly Band. There will be food trucks, a disc jockey and lots of games. To learn more about the Foundation, click here.
And of course it wouldn't be Labor Day Weekend in Hendricks County without drag racing as the biggest event in the sport, U.S. Nationals, returns to Lucas Oil Raceway with four days of heart-pounding action beginning Friday. In fact, if you still need tickets, I have a discount site that automatically takes 15 percent off your purchase plus waives all service fees based on the ticket package you choose.
But beyond the NHRA U.S. Nationals you might also enjoy marveling at the power of these mighty machines close up while supporting a great cause.
To do that, visit Don Schumacher Racing's Open House and Benefit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday to support the world-renowned Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and Camp Riley. This event will give visitors the opportunity to check out DSR's world-class 120,000-square-foot facility at 1681 E. Northfield Drive in Brownsburg (just a short drive from Lucas Oil Raceway).
It should be a great event to get you primed and ready for the action on the track. But the best part is it is free. While you're there, you'll get a chance to see everything from a giant car and bike show, Raminator Monster Truck, Giant Nitro Nostalgia Cacklefest featuring 10 classic dragsters and Funny Cars firing their motors at the same time, an autograph session and much more.
Visit the Don Schumacher Racing website for more information.
So, get out there and have a great weekend. You have no reason not to.