New experiences, including K9 trick show, Sports Zone, highlight fourth annual Curiosity Fair June 11-12


    Duane Brodt
    Director of Public Relations
    Conner Prairie
    (800) 966-1836

    FISHERS, Ind. (Monday, May 16, 2016/Conner Prairie) – Guests of all ages explore interactive demonstrations and hands-on experiments, ask questions and get answers at the fourth annual Curiosity Fair at Conner Prairie June 11-12.

    Sponsored by Kroger and Dow AgroSciences, the fair runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days and the cost is included with general admission, which is $17 for adults, $16 for seniors, $12 for youth ages 2-12 and free for members and children under age 2.

    New this year, America’s Got Talent semifinalist Tony Hoard and his K9 Crew Trick Show will put on a high-energy thrill show featuring Hoard’s highly-trained dogs leaping, running and catching Frisbees on the go.

    Many of Indiana’s professional sports teams will be featured in the new Sports Zone, which will offer a place for guests to play, have fun and discover new things about the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Indians and Indy Fuel.

    All day Saturday, the Colts will have its Play 60 Zone available, which is an obstacle and skills course for youth. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., guests can meet Indians mascot Rowdie. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., guests can try to score a goal with the Fuel. From 1-3 p.m., Pacers mascot Boomer will be with the Pacers Fan Van to meet and greet guests. And from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Colts mascot Blue will sign copies of his new book “Blue’s Road Trip through Indiana.”

    From 1-3 p.m. Sunday inside the Sports Zone, the Colts will showcase its Colts in Motion traveling museum, filled with the history and successes of the team. Colts mascot Blue will again be signing copies of his book from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

    Also new this year, the Central Indiana Amateur Radio Association will help guests explore how radio communication works, discover how HAM radio operators help in emergencies and communicate with people throughout the world. And the Physics Arcade will allow guests to discover the science and physics of thrill.

    Among other activities at the two-day fair:

    • Fair Oaks Farm and its mobile dairy experience
    • Snakehead Ed sharing a variety of types of snakes to explore and touch
    • Amos Butler Audubon Society sharing bird-watching activities
    • IndianaFirst Robotics
    • Agbot sharing agriculture-related robot technology
    • Video Game Palooza with video game design activities
    • Indiana Astronomical Society

    “We want to ignite a sense of curiosity within guests and show them through interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities that science, technology, engineering and math are happening all around them in amazing ways every day of their lives,” said event developer Gail Brown.

    >> Photos from last year’s Curiosity Fair: http://bit.ly/1VRN8L2
    >> Video: http://bit.ly/1rQ8iwe

    Returning this year, Kroger will share how food the grocery store sells is produced in Indiana. Lilly’s Chemistry is a Blast program will allow guests to participate in a host of chemistry experiments.

    For more about this year’s Curiosity Fair, click here.

    Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 390,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.



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    Conner Prairie's mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.