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Indiana Black Expo’s 46th Summer Celebration set to begin

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The 2016 IBE, which runs from July 7 through the July 17, is set to get underway.

Two hundred thousand people are expected to drop more than $20 million into the Indianapolis economy.

There will be a huge jobs fair with more than 90 employers.  There will also be free and paid concerts featuring artists like Blackstreet, Original Lakeside, Kem and more.

Indiana Black Expo is also home to the world’s largest African American health fair. Attendees can get up to  $1,500 worth of free health screenings next Friday through Sunday.

Thursday evening is free and so is Sunday. Kids under 12 get free admission into events at the Convention Center.

Mayor Joe Hogsett was at the Summer Celebration press announcement Wednesday, welcoming the visitors that are expected to come to the state.

“They may come for music, they may come for education and enlightenment, they may come for the speakers, they may come for the fun,” said Hogsett. “All I ask is that they come and join in the good work that IBE does this time every year and throughout the year.”

The event kicks off with an ecumenical service Thursday.

Highlights this year will be the IBE corporate luncheon honoring Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano, Dionne Warwick, actor Larenz Tate and more.

Other events happening at the 2016 IBE include the celebrity basketball game, the Youth Summit, and the gospel explosion.

If you stop by the health fair, you’ll see some of your favorite WISH-TV personalities there, taking selfies and signing autographs.

The Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration began in 1970.

For more information on the 2016 IBE Summer Celebration, click here