22 Can't-Miss Hendricks County Events in 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014 10:49 PM by Eric Ivie
One of my Christmas gifts last month was an awesome 2014 Seattle Seahawks calendar. Having grown up in Washington State, I love the Seahawks, and I am hoping they meet the Indianapolis Colts -- my other favorite NFL team -- in the Super Bowl. With luck, by the time you're reading this post, my dream will still be alive. While Mother Nature had us all trapped indoors and climbing the walls for a few days recently, I thought about of all the things I'm looking forward to doing outside of my house in 2014, and I marked them on my cool new Seahawks calendar. Here are the dates of some major events in Hendricks County to put on your 2014 calendar. (You'll notice that each event name is hyperlinked. Click on the event name to read what our bloggers have experienced there in the past!) McCloud Maple Sirup Days: Feb. 22-23 and March 1-2 at McCloud Nature Park, just outside of North Salem. (And no, I didn't misspell "sirup.") For more information, click here. First Friday Cruise-Ins: Begin May 2, every first Friday of the month through October, on the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square in Danville. ArtsGo!: May 9-10 throughout the county though there will be a meet and greet featuring all the artists the evening of May 9 at Gallery on the Square in Danville. Mayberry in the Midwest: May 17-18 on the Square in Danville. You may notice that this is the only event that I haven't hyperlinked to a previous story. Well, that is because this will be a first-time festival. I don't want to completely spoil the surprise here as there will be plenty of details in the days and weeks to come. You'll just have to trust me and put it on your calendar. Visit Hendricks County Night Before the 500: May 24 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg. Miracle Ride: May 31-June 1 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg. For more information, click here. Hot, Warm & Cold Glass Artists in Action: June 6-8 at Hot Blown Glass, Ltd. in Clayton. Hendricks County Rib-Fest: June 28 at Kingsway Christian Church in Avon. For more information, click here. National Powwow XVI: July 3-6 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds in Danville. The Tecumseh Lodge just had its Mid-Winter Powwow in Danville earlier this month, and now National Powwow -- an organization dedicated to respectfully sharing the values of American Indian culture -- has chosen Danville as the site of its National Powwow XVI -- an event they hold once every three years. Symphony in Ellis Park: July 10 at the Martin Amphitheater in Danville's Ellis Park. Hendricks County 4-H Fair: July 13-19 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds in Danville. Brownsburg Festival of the Arts: July 19 at Arbuckle Acres Park in Brownsburg. For more information, click here. U.S. Nationals: Aug. 27 to Sept. 1 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg. The 60th Annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is the Super Bowl of drag racing and is a huge event in Hendricks County every year. You won't want to miss it (but bring ear protection!). North Salem Old Fashion Days: Aug. 30-Sept. 1 in North Salem. Ride for Health & Heroes: Sept. 7 throughout Hendricks County. Fair on the Square: Sept. 13-14 on the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square in Danville. Quaker Days Festival: Sept. 19 - 21 in Plainfield. Heartland Apple Festival: Oct. 4-5 & 11-12 at Beasley's Orchard in Danville. Indiana Short Film Festival: Oct. 10-11 at the Royal Theater in Danville. Hendricks County Artisan Marketplace: Nov. 15 at The Palms Banquet & Conference Center in Plainfield. Christmas on the Square: Nov. 28 on the Courthouse Square in Danville. Gingerbread Christmas: Dec. 6 at Plainfield High School. These, of course, aren't all of the big 2014 events in Hendricks County, but this should get you started on your calendar -- even if it isn't a cool Seahawks calendar like mine. Let me also take this opportunity to remind event organizers that you are missing out on a huge opportunity to promote your Hendricks County event if you haven't submitted all the details for your event to Visit Hendricks County to add to their annual Events Calendar. Not only do thousands of visitors and locals view the online calendar regularly throughout the year, but bloggers like myself use it to come up with story ideas. You just can't beat the promotional value, and the best part is it is FREE! Stay tuned to this blog as the year progresses to make sure you don't miss any of the great reasons to visit Hendricks County!