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Indianapolis' New Claim to Fame? It's Now Home to the World's Largest Airport Solar Farm

December 29, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | ()

Sure the international airports are where it’s at, but we really need to stay here at home and finally check out the offerings over at Indianapolis International Airport. All we hear is good things, and of course they now have robots!

Known as the IND Solar Farm, the panels and people have just completed the second phase. All in all there’s 86 acres of solar powered fun, and spread across all that area are over 32,000 sun tracking panels. This might not be something worth planning a layover around, but it sure is something that allows for some good airport bragging rights.

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You Won't Believe What Indianapolis Airport is Auctioning Off This Week

October 27, 2014 at 9:07 AM | by | ()

Forgot something at the airport recently? If so you might have a chance to get it back this week, as they’re holding a lost and found auction at Indianapolis International Airport.

Yes, the airport does attempt to reunite lost and found items with their rightful owners, but there are times when travelers just don’t return for their stuff. All those unclaimed items are beginning to pile up and so anyone can call dibs on items via the auction on October 30, which will be conducted both online and in-person.

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Try Not to Be Freaked Out by the Robot at Indianapolis Airport

October 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM | by | ()

If you've never made it to or through the airport over in Indianapolis, then you're missing out on one of the USA's top airports—seriously.

Travelers at IND now have an extra amenity in the form of a robot, who has just begun roaming around the terminal and using its interactive abilities to answer questions.

The thing is called "Double Robot"—guess there was no money left in the budget for a clever name like "IndyBot"—and it’s topped off with an iPad. Instead of employing a physical human being to walk around, the robot is equipped with a video link to an actual person, ready to assist you.

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This Indiana Theme Park is Spending $22 Million on Their Next Roller Coaster

July 31, 2014 at 7:29 AM | by | ()

We’re right in the middle of theme park season, so it seems a little unusual for a park to start building excitement over some future rides and attractions. We’d think they would still be focusing on this year. However, we’ll just assume that the folks over at Holiday World know what they’re doing, as they just announced that they will be spending $22 million to construct a new roller coaster.

It will be the country’s first launched winged coaster, and it will be known as Thunderbird once the final bits and pieces are assembled in 2015. The details are still coming out, and we’ll know more as the construction progresses; however, we do know that the ride will hit 60 miles per hour in just over three seconds—hang on. There’s the usual twists, turns, and whatnot as well as 14-story version of something called an Immelmann loop.

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Gambling at the Gate: Could Lady Luck Be Making An Appearance At IND?

October 24, 2013 at 9:37 AM | by | ()

If you’re feeling fortunate on your way to or through Indianapolis you might be in luck, as the airport is thinking about adding a few games of chance to the terminals and concourses. It certainly won’t be the Las Vegas of the Midwest, but officials are indeed thinking about allowing gaming at the airport.

Don’t book a trip to Indianapolis just for the chance to take a spin at the slots or to toss some dice, though, as the gambling plans at the airport are all electronic in nature. That said, you won’t be able to just start playing poker on your iPad at the gate, as the proposal indicates that travelers would have to file into lounges within the airport where games—on handheld devices—would be connected to a central server. The lounges would only be accessible for those with tickets since they'll be located in the terminals, but we’re sure you could get a refundable ticket to get through security if you really needed to get your fix (but if that's the case, you might want to consider calling 1-800 "I have a problem").

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Training Camp Travel: Track the Indianapolis Colts' Playoff Hopes

August 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM | by | ()

Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:

One of the surprise performances—and feel good stories—of last season has to be the Indianapolis Colts. After a terrible season during 2011 and the loss of the future hall of fame quarterback, there was quite a rebound and recovery during 2012.

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Cure Your Race Hangover with a Trip to the Indy 500 Museum

May 31, 2013 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

In case you missed it, there was a whole bunch of racing last weekend, as Formula One, NASCAR, and IndyCar all held some pretty major events. For race fans it might be a little bit of a letdown as we move into June, but don’t worry—there’s always museums.

In this case, we focus on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, dedicated to all things racing, as it does its best to illustrate the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and specifically the Indianapolis 500. There’s 30,000 square feet of artifacts, memorabilia, and other racing goodies to check out, and of course there’s a couple gift shops too. In total, 75 cars sit on display all year long, but of course it’s strictly a look but don’t touch situation.

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Indianapolis Airport's Fancy New Toy? A Solar Farm.

September 29, 2011 at 8:59 AM | by | ()

So yesterday we were just talking about an airport farm over at Chicago-O’Hare, and now we discover that there’s a different kind of farm right at Indianapolis International Airport. Unfortunately the farm in Indy isn’t offering any produce, but it does certainly offer up a little slice of green travel.

Airport officials are hard at work figuring out how to engineer and install one of the biggest and baddest solar farms in the country—and definitely one of the largest at an airport. There’s three companies being tasked with figuring out all the technical and science stuff, but it sounds like there's going to be at least 41,000 solar panels involved.

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How To Get Tickets To the Centennial Indy 500 Race

May 3, 2011 at 10:08 AM | by | ()

May is a big month for racing of all kinds. The Kentucky Derby is only a few weeks away, and at the end of the month is when a slightly faster race arrives to rev its engines. The Indianapolis 500 is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year—it's crazy to think that race-fast cars have been around that long—so if you’ve ever wanted join the crowds this might be the best year to do so.

There’s a lot of room for a lot of fans, so don’t worry if you haven’t gotten your seat just yet. Some of the fancy seats, vistas, and penthouses are no longer available through the general box office, but that’s fine with us because anyone waiting this long for a spot probably wont' want to spend in the triple digits or more for a seat.

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The USA's Next Maple Syrup Festival Will Happen in...Indiana?

February 24, 2011 at 2:04 PM | by | ()

You may think of maple syrup as a fall comfort food staple to drizzle on pancakes, but maple-sugaring season is now. Celebrate the nectar of the season at the National Maple Syrup Festival, the "first and only National Maple Syrup Festival in America" dedicated to the gooey goodness.

Surprisingly, the fest, set for March 5 to 6 and 12 to 13, isn't in Vermont. It goes down in Medora, Indiana, a small town about 80 miles north of Louisville. Producers from syrup-making states all over the country attend to showcase their tasty product. It has some seemingly unrelated events to look forward to, like a man-eating chicken (wha?) and chainsaw-carving demonstrations. But we want to go for the sweet stuff. And it offers plenty, dishing out more than 6,000 flapjacks with 100 percent pure maple syrup—none of that imitation Aunt Jemima stuff—and maple-barbecue pork chops with maple baked beans.

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Airports Get in the Hot Solar Energy Biz to Make Cold, Hard Cash

February 23, 2011 at 8:41 AM | by | ()

Dear airports: it's about time you started exploring the possibilities of alternative energy, like solar energy via solar panel farms, for instance. The Indianapolis Star reports that, like Fresno-Yosemite Airport and Denver International Airport, the Indianapolis Airport is outfitting itself with the latest in solar power in a bid to generate "10 megawatts of electricity an hour -- enough to power up to 6,000 homes." There's just one problem here; the airports aren't using the energy to power themselves, but selling it to the grid in a bid to make cold, hard cash. it's estimated to pull in some $190 million just at Indianapolis over the next 30 years. That better become one bangin' airport with all that moolah.

It's actually a pretty genius idea—that the fancy airport Sbarro's from which you're ordering was partially funded by the sun—and empty lots of land or unused runways are now being given a somewhat altruistic purpose. Homes get energy, airport gets money, and fossil fuels are eliminated from the equation. Rah! Rah! Sis-boom-bah.

[Photo: CFBsr]

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Dance with Mr. Pierogi and Ms. Paczki at Indiana's Pierogi Festival

Where: S. Indianapolis Blvd. [map], Whiting , IN, United States
July 23, 2010 at 2:01 PM | by | ()

If there's one food that doesn't get enough play, it's those small Eastern European pasta pockets full of potatoes. But they get their due once a year at Pierogi Fest, which honors the comfort food and the land from whence it came today through July 25.

More than 200,000 pierogi-loving peeps come out to Whiting, Indiana, for the free festival. There, you can partake in food-filled activities, from a pierogi toss that tests how far you can chuck the doughy dumplings to a pierogi-eating contest.

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