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August 22, 2013

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Second Grand Prix rolls this weekend


This year’s two-day event is the seventh event in the Southern Indiana Racing Association Midwest Champion Series that kicked off in May in Anderson. Woods said there will be about 120 drivers running in heats determined by age groups, motor sizes and weight. Kids as young as age 5 up through mature adults get in on the racing action.

The racers will run a rectangular course along Church, Harrison, Washington and Clinton streets.Last year, about 600 spectators turned out for the event. Chamber of Commerce director Jeff Bryan said he expects to see an even bigger crowd since other attractions have been added to the lineup of weekend activities.

On Saturday, things start warming up in the morning with practice runs. Racing kicks off after opening ceremonies at 1:30 p.m.

On Sunday, racing gets underway about noon after a driver autograph session and sponsor karts in the morning. Both days, karts will have practice time before racing commences, and the races run until 5 p.m. Awards follow the last race.

When you’re not glued to the racing action, there’s plenty of other fun to be had.

On Saturday, look for no less than a zipline traversing the area from Harrison Street at Main Source Bank heading north toward Cox’s Supermarket.

The kids’ zone will feature “big, fun activity for the smaller kids,” said Bryan. That means inflatables, games and prizes.

There will be no shortage of food and drink, with about 10 local vendors offering edibles and even a beer garden hosted by the Curve Inn.

The Chamber Village will feature vendor booths with participating members in the parking lot behind Huntington Bank.

Saturday night, about a half-hour after racing wraps, head over to Church Street Commons for the Pole Position Party where Fender Alley will kick out the jams in the streets with a free concert.

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