Anderson/Madison County Visitors Blog
I can’t believe it is over. I spent months looking forward to it and it seemed to go by in the blink of an eye.
After the long, harsh winter we endured last year, everyone was looking forward to summer more than ever. But it flew by. Maybe that’s because we were having so much fun. The June Jamboree in Pendleton serves as the unofficial kick-off to summer fairs and festivals in Madison County, and even though it just seems like yesterday that I was enjoying a K-Burger in Falls Park, four months have already passed! The ensuing four months have featured events, fairs, festivals, concerts, and more throughout the entire county. It was a summer filled with laughs, great memories, and fun.
Business was good during the summer too! VisitAndersonMadisonCounty.com had over 1 million page views from May through September, and the site averaged nearly 3,300 unique visitors a day during the month of September. Our hotel business is strong too. Many of our local hotels do an excellent job of serving our overnight guests and representing the county in a terrific manner. As such, we are on pace to set a new record for innkeeper’s tax receipts in 2014.
But the fun doesn’t stop with the arrival of fall in Madison County. One of the county’s most attended attractions—Indy Scream Park at White River Paint Ball and Zip Lines—is open and will horrify and delight guests throughout the month of October. Other haunted houses and attractions—including the popular Stillwell Manor in Anderson—will also be fun for many people.
If you are looking for more tranquil fun, the beauty of Mounds State Park should be one of your fall destinations. We are fortunate to have a state park in Madison County, and the fine people who run the park do a great job of keeping it clean and beautiful. They have many great programs at the park too. Make sure you stop out this fall to enjoy some of the most vivid fall colors in the state.
Festivals continue into the fall, with the Gaither Fall Festival and the Red Gold Chili Cook-Off both attracting big crowds each October. The Anderson Symphony’s very popular Halloween concert returns November 1 and the first Hoosier Park indoor concert for the fall will be November 1, featuring the great Boz Scaggs.
Then, before you know it we will be into the holiday season with parades throughout the area, the Festival of Trees at the Paramount Theatre in Anderson, and more. So, while we will miss summer, the fun never ends in Madison County. Stop by and visit us at VisitAndersonMadisonCounty.com or inside the Visitors Bureau at 6335 South Scatterfield Road in Anderson to make your plans. Because, the fun starts here!
News, notes, and thoughts—I spent a few days in Washington, DC recently meeting with our senators and area congressional leaders. It was part of an annual trip organized by the Madison County Chamber. Many area leaders were part of the trip, which included excellent dialogue regarding issues important to Madison County. Kudos to the Chamber for their efforts…Speaking of the Madison County Chamber, the Anderson/Madison County Visitors Bureau teamed up with them to host an informational meeting about Mass Transit and the impact it could have on the county. This will be an important issue for the county in the next year or two. The Chamber and the Visitors Bureau will work together to keep you informed of the facts and to promote open discussion on the topic…Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Chefs Boy R We event hosted by the Community Hospital Anderson Foundation. Keith Trent, Linda West, and the entire committee do a great job organizing the event. I made Cheese Dip Martinis, which is my sister Nancy’s recipe. Special thanks to my son, Sam, for helping me throughout the night. The event looks like it will make over $60,000, which the foundation will put to good use…Thanks to the fine people with the Frankton Heritage Days for inviting me to be a judge for their parade. It was a lot of fun…Finally; I appreciated the invites from the Rotary Club of Anderson and also the Anderson Shrine Club to speak at their meetings. Both are great organizations that do tremendous things for the area.
--Tom Bannon is executive director of the Anderson/Madison County Visitors Bureau