One-of-a-kind classic cars, machines of all kinds to fill Conner Prairie’s grounds at fourth annual Festival of Machines Sept. 16-17


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

    FISHERS, Ind. (Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017/Conner Prairie) – Classic cars, antique tractors, steam engines, heavy-duty machinery, fire trucks, military vehicles, vintage aircraft and more will fill Conner Prairie during the fourth annual Festival of Machines. 

    Nearly 6,200 people attended last year’s festival.

    This year’s weekend-long event runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16-17 and is free for those who pay general admission to the museum. Admission is $17 for adults, $16 for seniors ages 65 and older and $12 for youth ages 2-12 and free for members and children under age 2.

    The year’s cornerstone exhibit will be 26 rare cars from the 1950s and 60s. Returning this year are go-kart rides by New Castle Motorsports. Festivalgoers are invited to come dressed in their favorite '50s and '60s attire.

    The event’s Big Machines Petting Zoo allows guests to get up close to machines that help with big jobs, including farm machinery, earth-moving equipment and more. The history and future of transportation will be shared by organizations including Cummins, Blue Indy, Greenfield Central High School Rover Team, Hoverstream and IndianaFirst Robotics.

    Spanning more than 1,000 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 400,000 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 nearly 1,000 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, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Flickr and YouTube.