If you are up for an active weekend, then Hendricks County is definitely the place to be. This week’s Primer is chock full of recreational activities for every member of the family from cultural experiences to a unique scavenger hunt and cars to team challenges. As always, you can check out the Visit Hendricks County Events Calendar any time for up-to-the-minute information about things to do here. We have a couple of cultural experiences going on this weekend to satisfy that inner artist or to simply shop for unique gifts. The Handmade Market, which is part of the Danville Farmers Market on the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square, will make its monthly appearance from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday featuring creations from some of the area’s most talented artists. You can then kick that experience up a notch with the Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail Second Saturday event, which adds some additional stops to the already stellar Rural Routes to Main Street lineup. This self-directed driving tour takes visitors on the back roads of Hendricks and Morgan counties to see some of the most talented artists and artwork around. Having already done the work for you, you just simply need to pick up a Rural Routes guide, pick out some must-see stops along the cultural trail and begin your adventure. Because the trail includes restaurants and has more than 30 stops, you can make it a day-long adventure or even extend it over a weekend. And if that isn’t enough, you can try your hand at being an artist during a Paint & Sip event from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Gallery on the Square in Danville. Enjoy your favorite cold beverage while making a Neon Zebra on canvas guided by a professional artist. No experience is required, but spots fill up fast so reservations are recommended. Cost is $35. Check out their website for more information. The small town of Coatesville also will become a destination this weekend as it hosts the annual Cruisin’ in Coatesville Car Show & Street Fair from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday. In its second year, this event has already become a crowd favorite as it combines beautiful cars, a swap meet, craft vendors, live entertainment, a Civil War camp and many other activities. You can read more about the entire event by clicking here. The Avon, Brownsburg, Danville and Plainfield parks departments will team up Saturday for a unique event that involves two-person teams competing for prizes. The 7th Annual Race Across Hendricks County will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. This team activity challenge requires each team to participate in three challenges at four participating parks. The team that completes all required challenges in the shortest period of time wins. Awards will be given in many different categories. Pre-registration is required to participate, but even if you don’t compete, this sounds like a lot of fun to watch. Click here for more information. This old bridge over Big Walnut Creek that was saved and restored and brought to McCloud from northern Indiana allows hikers to get to some of the most scenic parts of the park.
Another fun and free park event for the entire family will occur from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at McCloud Nature Park, 8518 Hughes Road, North Salem. A fairly new scavenger hunt type of activity called Letterboxing will be hosted there. Participants use their creativity to solve clues to find letterboxes hidden along trails within the park. Those who complete their worksheet win a prize.
Finally, don’t forget that Sunday is the official start of the Hendricks County 4-H Fair, which runs through July 19. For more information about this year’s fair, check out our insider preview.
With so much to do in Hendricks County this weekend, make plans now to get out there and enjoy it!