Anderson/Madison County Visitors Blog

November 2013

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On Saturday, October 26 nearly 3,100 different people visited the same spot. The next day, 2,500 people visited. 

In fact, hardly a day goes by without at least 1,000 people--often times many more--stopping by to see what is happening.

Where is this hot spot? It is the Bureau’s web site, Local residents, hotel guests, and potential visitors are discovering that is a great source to find out what is happening in Madison County. Whether you want to know about the event calendar, find out a phone number for a local attraction or restaurant, get directions somewhere, or learn of the latest promotions around town, has you covered.

The site is easy to navigate and it has a lot of depth. Keep exploring all that it has to offer by clicking on links. For instance, go to the calendar and click on November 23. You will see a number of events listed. Each event is a clickable link that lets you learn more about the event. Now click on the link for the Bret Michaels concert at Hoosier Park. By doing so, you will see more details about the event, including the cost of the tickets and a link to the Ticket Master page for this concert that will allow you to buy the tickets on-line. So within moments, you saw an event you were interested in, found out more information, and bought your tickets. You were able to do this all in one place, without having to surf the web. Informative and convenient!

While the calendar is a great and popular part of the site, it is not the only place you’ll want to click around in for a while! At the top of the page you will see links for attractions, lodging, dining, and more. When you click one of these links, it brings up a map with pinpoints of businesses that fit that category. 

Click on the attractions link. You’ll see numerous pinpoints—and a few logos—of local attractions. Mouse over a pinpoint or logo to see the name of the attraction and its phone number. But don’t stop there! Click on a pinpoint or logo for more information. By clicking on the pinpoint or logo you can read a little more about the attraction, get driving directions, visit their web site, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter (and more social media), and even watch a video or commercial if they have that posted. Click on the Hoosier Park logo to see all that is available.

So come by and visit and see why it is so popular. And remember, click, click, click!

News, notes, and thoughts— I recently saw—and painted—the World’s Largest Ball of Paint for the first time. I had certainly heard a lot about it but had not seen it in person until recently. In case you don’t know the story, the ball is located in Alexandria. Its owner, Michael Carmichael had his son paint a baseball in 1977. They have continued painting it, and that same baseball now weighs in at 4,000 pounds and is in the Guinness Book of World Records! It is silly fun. Michael and his wife, Glenda, are friendly and gracious hosts. I was with my two sons, ages 16 and 13, and I am confident all ages would enjoy the experience. Paint and supplies are provided. We were layer 23,828...I’ve been able to spend a lot of time at Mounds State Park recently. That is such a great place. Ted Tapp and his team do a fabulous job…As we enter the holiday season, have safe travels and enjoy your loved ones. If you are hosting family over the next couple of months, remember that the Visitors Bureau, either on-line or in-person, is ready to help you show your guests a good time.

--Tom Bannon is executive director of the Anderson/Madison County Visitors Bureau



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