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Top dogs compete in Indy for North American flyball championship

Flyball championship takes over Indiana State Fairgrounds

News 8 at 5 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A unique championship for dogs and their owners is underway at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

In flyball, teams of dogs race against each other while jumping hurdles and other obstacles to get tennis balls.

The North American Flyball Association CanAm Flyball Classic XI will continue Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon in the West Pavilion. The association represents 400 clubs and more than 6,500 dogs.

The free event is open to the public. Competition will resume from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Organizers said early Sunday afternoon is the best time to visit the contest because the top dogs will be competing.

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Crab cakes and a hurricane cocktail ahead of the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation’s Mardi Gras Party & Fundraiser

You can celebrate Fat Tuesday at a fun event right here in Downtown Indy featuring food, drinks and dancing New Orleans-Style!

The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation is is hosting their first ever Mardi Gras “Fat Tuesday” event and fundraiser on Feb. 25 at the Crane Bay Event Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Today David Allee, owner, The Jazz Kitchen, Pavel Polanco-Safadit, board member of the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, and Rob Dixon, musician, Indy Jazz Fest visited the Indy Style studio to show us how to make the Jazz Kitchen’s Award Winning Crab Cakes and a Hurricane cocktail in honor of Mardi Gras.

At tonight’s event, patrons can indulge in a variety of Cajun/Creole hors d’oeuvres, sip on craft hurricanes and bid on more than 75 silent and live auction items ranging from tickets to top Indiana sporting events, artwork, jewelry, hotel stays and much more. Proceeds benefit the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and its ongoing mission to preserve the legacy and promote the future of jazz in Indianapolis.

Hosted by WFYI’s Jill Ditmire, the evening will include entertainment by LivingProof, Indy’s favorite party band, as well as special appearances by Indy’s own Josh Kaufman, winner of Season 6 of NBC’s The Voice; renowned saxophonist and local favorite Rob Dixon; recent Carmel High School graduate and jazz vocalist, arranger and composer Emma Hedrick; and jazz pianist and composer Steve Allee.

To purchase tickets for tonight’s event, visit www.indyjazzfoundation.org

Mardi Gras party benefits Indianapolis Jazz Foundation

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