Weekend Primer: July 19-21
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 11:00 PM by Josh Duke
What do turtles, the arts and the demolition derby have in common? They are all activities you can enjoy in Hendricks County this weekend. As I perused our Events Calendar, I truly found a variety of activities that should cater to every interest. Here are some of the highlights, and as usual, you can check out our Events Calendar anytime by clicking here. The Hendricks County Parks and Recreation Department will host two free nature events at their two parks on Saturday and have even allowed enough time between them to get to both. Turtles, Terrapins and Tortoises begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sodalis Nature Park, 7700 S. County Road 975 East in Plainfield. Participants can learn about these slow but friendly creatures and find out what the difference is between a turtle and tortoise. At 2 p.m., the fun will move to McCloud Nature Park, 8518 N. Hughes Road in North Salem, as a naturalist will teach participants about the ecosystem of Big Walnut Creek, which meanders through the park. During this Fish Identification program, participants are welcome to bring fishing poles as long as they have a valid fishing license to participate in the park’s catch-and-release program. The annual Festival of the Arts has become a popular event and will again fill Arbuckle Acres Park in Brownsburg from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. With more than 140 artisans and craft exhibitors, an entertainment stage, food court and more, visitors can easily spend hours there. It’s never too early to think about Christmas shopping, right? Speaking of Christmas, Frazee Gardens in Brownsburg will host its Christmas in July event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. A summer Santa, special deals and even snow cones should make it a fun, shopping experience. Finally, the Hendricks County 4-H Fair wraps up this weekend, and what would a county fair be without a demolition derby? Well, you don’t have to find out as it will close this year’s festivities again at 6 p.m. on Saturday. For a full schedule of fair activities for the rest of the week, click here. Enjoy your weekend!