Zionsville, Indiana is a very small town that’s very big on festivals. People come from nearby Indianapolis and all over the state of Indiana, indeed, all over the United States, for Zionsville festivals, especially the heavily-attended Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show and Country Fair.
This fabulous annual Zionsville event, which takes place at the Wild Air Farms, consistently attracts some of the best horses and riders to this small but special corner of the earth every year for six gorgeous summer days. One of the ten biggest equestrian shows in the United States, it includes daily competitions in both riding (the Marty & Russell Fortune Grand Prix, with a $30,000 purse) and jumping (the Budweiser Grand Prix Show, with a $60,000 purse). Also featured is the ever-popular Zionsville Country Fair, run concurrently.
|Video of the Traders Point Hunt in Zionsville, Indiana|
One of the signature events at this spectacular Zionsville festival is the Budweiser Clydesdale exhibition. This group of Clydesdales was first turned loose by the Anheuser-Busch family in 1933 to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition. Since then, this wonderful breed has been a part of Budweiser history, which has spawned the “Marvels of Main Street” parade, in which the Budweiser Clydesdales prance down Main Street pulling a wagon painted with the Budweiser colors.
Throughout the six-day Zionsville festival, the Country Fair offers stands with Zionsville businesses selling everything from souvenirs to unique heirloom gifts (even for your pets!) to consultations with animal communicators. And of course, food and drink stands from Zionsville restaurants are plentiful.
Admission, from Tuesday through Saturday, is $5, and on Sunday, $10. The Festival offers free admission to kids under 12, a free “Kids’ Day” for Zionsville children, a free “Senior Day” and plenty of free parking.
Proceeds from this charity event go to benefit some of the state’s most seriously injured and sick children, cared for by the Riley Hospital for Children, the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home and Camp Riley for Youth with Physical Disabilities, all under the banner of the Riley Children’s Foundation.
|Trader Point Hunt Charity Horse Show & Country Fair
Wild Air Farms
7400 Hunt Club Rd (near 106th & Kissel Roads)
The Zionsville Fall Festival is the other major annual event in this small Midwest town. It runs for three full days in September, and is located in Zionsville’s Lions Park.
One of the main spectacles that makes this festival special is the Zionsville Fall Festival Parade, sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club. The parade is a labor of love by the entire community, and an incredibly popular Zionsville attraction. Special floats, a carnival, a kids’ area and live entertainment take over Main Street in downtown Zionsville, vying for attention with the unique shops and Zionsville restaurants from the historic downtown neighborhood.
|Video of the 2008 Zionsville Fall Festival Parade in Zionsville, Indiana|