WESTFIELD, Ind. (July 11, 2016) – Central Indiana residents are encouraged to join in the celebration of the opening of Grand Park Events Center, the 370,000 square-foot indoor field sports and events facility in Westfield, during a special three-day event filled with family fun Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23.

The celebration will include an indoor festival at the Grand Park Events Center featuring food, carnival games, inflatables, movie nights, vendors and more.

“We’re excited to invite the community to celebrate the opening of this new indoor facility,” Westfield Mayor Andy Cook said. “This festival will help showcase the variety of uses that the Grand Park Events Center is capable of hosting.”

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Movies on the Turf, double-feature, family-friendly movie nights, will take place Thursday and Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. on the east indoor field. “Wreck It Ralph” (PG) and “The Sandlot” (PG) will be shown Thursday, while “Tangled” (PG) and “Kicking & Screaming” (PG) will be screened Friday night. Tickets for each night will be available at the door for $5 per person.

Inflate A Fest, which features interactive inflatables, bounce houses, carnival games and more, will run from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. An all-you-can-jump wristband is available for $10 per person, while tickets for the interactive inflatables and games will be available for $1 each.

A unique ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Friday on the front lawn of the Grand Park Events Center. Sandra Wood, the former owner of the farmland upon which Grand Park’s campus was built, will sing the national anthem. Media is invited to attend this special event, which includes an airplane flyover with two World War II T-6 airplanes from the Warbird Training Center in Kokomo. Following the ceremony, the Indiana Fire Juniors Boys & Girls U13 soccer teams will christen the Grand Park Events Center by playing the first games on the center field Friday night.

The third annual A Grand Run 5K Run/Walk will kick off Saturday’s festivities at 7:30 a.m. The start and finish line will be located inside the Grand Park Events Center, with the course taking advantage of the park’s extensive trail system. Race fees are $25 for adults and $15 for children, which includes a T-shirt. Post-race activities will include music, refreshments and access to the indoor festival. Please visit www.runsignup.com/grandrun for more information and to register.

The Mayor’s Yellow Tie Ball Gala Event will be the finale of the Opening Celebration on Saturday evening. Guests are encouraged to wear formal wear and athletic shoes to celebrate the formal event and unique facility on the turf at the Grand Park Events Center. Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased at https://qtego.net/qlink/yellowtieball.

A sponsor reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, presentations and a silent auction from 7 to 9 p.m. Live entertainment and music will be provided by The Fun Factor Band featuring Blair Clark from 9 to 11 p.m.

Proceeds from the Opening Celebration and Mayor’s Yellow Tie Ball will benefit the Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program (YAP), which was developed in the fall of 2009 as a pilot program in Westfield. It since has grown to incorporate all of Hamilton County, including programs in Carmel, Hamilton Heights, Fishers, Noblesville and Sheridan. In a desire to be proactive in assisting the healthy development of Hamilton County youth and their families, the program offers counseling for youth and families, youth anger management classes, parenting classes, food and clothing assistance and more. 

“One of the children I work with was able to attend summer camp for the first time through the Youth Assistance Program,” said Mary Ann Haymaker, an early intervention advocate in Hamilton County. “I was able to meet with her after camp, and she was full of smiles and stories. There is definitely a light in her eyes now that I haven’t seen before, thanks to YAP.”

“Our two grandchildren were in a rough place before YAP,” Donna Bretzman said. “With their help, our grandchildren were able to get involved in karate and summer camps. They’ve really come out of their shells now. I can’t say enough positive things about the program, and I’m so thrilled to hear the proceeds from this celebration will be going to such a worthy organization.”

Please click here to learn more about YAP.