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‘Christmas Nights of Lights’ show debuts at Indiana State Fairgrounds

New holiday light show at Indiana State Fairgrounds

Randall Newsome | All IN

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The “Christmas Nights of Lights” show is coming to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the first time ever.

Its display of more than one million lights, 15 miles of wire, over 70,000 computer channels and the entire light show is synced with holiday music. All this happens while you and your family are in the comfort of your own vehicle on a 2-mile car ride.

The idea to bring the show to Indianapolis was sparked by Tracy and Richie King, a couple from Bristol, Tennessee. They’ve been putting this event on in Mobile, Cincinnati, Nashville, Atlanta, Myrtle Beach and other cities.

Tracy gave three reasons for bringing the display to Indianapolis.

“Indianapolis loves to have fun, they’re family oriented and we can tell that they love Christmas,” she said.

For the King family, this event is a family affair. Tracy and Richie are the owners, but their parents and other family members help out every year to make sure the light show is a success.

“Just to see that we can work on this as a family and then see other families come to enjoy it, that’s the most rewarding part,” Tracy said.

In their opening weekend in at the State Fairgrounds, they will admit military veterans for free Friday through Monday.

The “Christmas Nights of Lights” display opens Friday and runs through New Year’s Day.

The show begins every night at dusk and runs until 10 p.m. Visitors are instructed to enter the Indiana State Fairgrounds at Gate 12.

Click here to learn more about the show and how to get tickets.


Carmel Market District and Firefighter Tim go HEAD-TO-HEAD in a Chili cookoff!

It’s a battle of the chilis, all for a worthy cause.

In our kitchen this morning, Rick Hopkins, Director of Food and Beverage, Carmel Market District, and Tim Griffin, Firefighter/EMT/Public Information Officer, tell us about an event that features food, fire trucks and fun for the entire family!

Carmel Market District and Firefighter Tim go HEAD-TO-HEAD in a Chili cookoff!

• In celebration of National Chili Day (Feb. 27) , Carmel Market District and the Carmel Fire Department are going head-to-head in a chili cookoff!
• In the afternoon of Sunday, February 23, the foodie destination will compete against Carmel firefighters in the Battle of the Chili Bowls. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample the participating c`hilis with all sorts of delicious dippers – including cornbread – and vote for their winning bowl!
• The grand prize includes a donation made to the firehouse charity of their choice.
• Carmel Market District is heatin’ things up with its delicious, homemade chili recipes that are sure to keep Firefighter Tim on his toes! From cactus chili to white bean chicken, Market District has its eye on the prize for the Battle of the Chili Bowls!
• Attendees will have the opportunity to sample the participating chilis with all sorts of delicious sides and dippers, including cornbread, Crazy Charlie’s salsa and many more.
• In conjunction with National Chili Day, the store refuses to lose sight of another wonderful foodie day – National Margarita Day (Feb 22)!
• Whether you want to grab all the ingredients in-store, or stop into Table, Hoosiers can perfectly pair their warm cup of chili with a nice, cold margarita this weekend.

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