This weekend’s Hoosier Outdoor Experience at Ft. Harrison State Park is a family-friendly event that is the first of its kind in Indiana. Unlike traditional trade shows, visitors will be able to enjoy hands-on experiences in a wide range of outdoor activities, such as fly fishing, target shooting, archery, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, camping and much more. The Hoosier Outdoor Experience is presented by the Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, with sponsorship support from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust; Ball Brothers Foundation; WXIN-Fox 59, Indianapolis; and numerous other sponsors. Parking, admission, activities, demonstrations and seminars are free to the public, but online registration is required. To register, go to hoosieroutdoorexperience.IN.gov and click on the yellow registration icon. Event updates can be found at hoosieroutdoorexperience.IN.gov or on Facebook.
Visitors to the Hoosier Outdoor Experience this weekend at Fort Harrison State Park won’t have a reason to go hungry. Several low-cost food and beverage options will be available for purchase at the Sept. 26 – 27 event. “We are partnering with several nonprofit, community and youth organizations to provide food for our participants,” said Amanda Wuestefeld, Hoosier Outdoor Heritage Coordinator. “These groups will be using the Hoosier Outdoor Experience as a fund raiser. Food choices will range from breakfast sandwiches, barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, corn-on-the-cob, walking tacos and even elk burgers. Food vendors have worked hard to make sure that we will have several food options for around $5 during the event.” Participants are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic drinks to the event. However, large coolers will not be permitted inside the Hoosier Outdoor Experience. Participants should bring only what they feel comfortable carrying with them throughout the event.