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August 20, 2019

Registration Open for the 2019-2020 500 Festival Mini-Moves, powered by INSHAPE

Free in-school program inspires Indiana kids to experience physical activity of any kind, instills lifelong healthy habits  INDIANAPOLIS (August 20, 2019) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, in partnership with INSHAPE (Indiana Society for Health and Physical Educators), today …

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July 31, 2019

500 Festival and Indianapolis Soap Box Derby Announce Top Finishers from the Inaugural Mini Soap Box Derby Race

More than 40 fourth-grade classrooms participate in the first-ever Mini Soap Box Derby Race held during Indiana’s largest free outdoor festival just for kids. INDIANAPOLIS (July 31, 2019) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, in partnership with the Indianapolis …

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July 23, 2019

Volunteer Registration Opens for 2019 500 Festival mini-mini Kids’ Run

Hundreds of volunteers needed to provide mini-mini participants with a big experience INDIANAPOLIS (July 23, 2019) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announced that volunteer registration is open for the 2019 500 Festival mini-mini, a timed fun run held at the Indianapolis …

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May 29, 2019

500 Festival Announces Winners of 2019 Essay Contest and Best Classroom Contest for 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500® Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health

28,000 Hoosier fourth graders participated in 2019 program INDIANAPOLIS (May 29, 2019) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announces the winners of its essay contest and best classroom contest for the 2019 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500 Education …

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May 24, 2019

500 Festival Announces Second Group of Celebrities, Dignitaries and VIPs Appearing in the 2019 IPL 500 Festival Parade

INDIANAPOLIS (May 24, 2019) – Actors, Hoosier athletes, and war heroes will take to the streets of downtown Indianapolis for the 63rd IPL 500 Festival Parade, scheduled for Saturday, May 25. The 500 Festival today announced new additions to the celebrity, dignitary and VIP lineup for the Parade. The additions will join the 2019 Grand Marshal, …

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May 23, 2019

500 Festival Announces 2019 IPL 500 Festival Parade Float Honors

INDIANAPOLIS (May 22, 2019) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announces the float award winners for the 2019 IPL 500 Festival Parade. The 2019 parade lineup will have a record number of floats, with 14 floats making their …

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May 22, 2019

500 Festival to Commemorate Centennial Anniversary of Indiana’s WWI Welcome Home Parade During the 2019 IPL 500 Festival Parade

INDIANAPOLIS (May 22, 2019)— The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announces the 100-year anniversary of the Indiana World War I homecoming parade will be commemorated in several ways during the 2019 IPL 500 Festival Parade on May 25. In …

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May 21, 2019

Medal of Honor Recipient, WWII Veteran Hershel “Woody” Williams to speak at the 2019 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce

INDIANAPOLIS (May 20, 2019) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announces that Medal of Honor Recipient, Hershel “Woody” Williams will be speaking at the 2019 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce. The Memorial Service will be held …

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May 18, 2019

500 Festival Announces 2019 500 Festival Queen Scholar – Olivia Johnson of Zionsville

INDIANAPOLIS (May 18, 2019) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, announced today that Olivia Johnson of Zionsville has been named the 2019 500 Festival Queen Scholar. The announcement was made at the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented …

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May 17, 2019

500 Festival Announces First Group of Celebrities and VIPs Appearing in the 2019 IPL 500 Festival Parade

INDIANAPOLIS (May 17, 2019) – Musicians, actors, hall of fame athletes and racing legends are among the first group of famous faces announced to be participating in the 63rd IPL 500 Festival Parade, scheduled for Saturday, May 25. TV host, Marc Summers; NFL Hall of Famer, Terrell Davis; Disney Channel actor, Jake Short; and Leave it …

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