⛵️ Hoosier info... revealed

PLUS: see a bridge get built, trash recs, and your weekend preview

Good Friday morning. This is Fishers Digest. It’s officially summer 🏖️ and today’s newsletter was super exciting to put together. If you like it, would you mind sharing this newsletter with a friend? 🤝 

In today’s digest:

  • Are you proud to be a Hoosier? Results

  • See a bridge get built

  • Your weekend preview

  • Trash recs

— Written by Lindsey Watson and Skyler Braun

This issue is 1,222 words, a 4-minute read.

The Digest

Are You Proud to Be a Hoosier? Here’s what you think 👇️ 

Turns out, most of you are!... with some caveats. If you’ve never seen a wordcloud before, here’s how it works: The larger a word is, the more often it was mentioned in our poll last Friday. Easy, right! It’s a nuanced view of what drives both pride and dissatisfaction among Indiana residents.

So why did we choose this question? Indiana ranks 40th/50 for happiness in the US. In general, people who live here have a lower perception of Indiana vs how people from other states view us. So what better way to see how we really feel than to poll ourselves!

Here are the key takeaways:

  • We are proud of our neighbors, having four seasons, family bonds, cost of living, hospitality, sports, and many more 💪

  • Feelings on politics and culture clash, and are hard to put as positive or negative. There is everything from all love, positive, negative, and strong dislike

  • We are NOT fans of our infrastructure or traffic 😂

If you’re having trouble reading the chart or want to learn more, you can download the full image and more on our website. Thank you to everyone who responded, and the SMARI team for making this possible! If you need market research for your business, check them out.

Bridge assembly in progress… 🔨 

Photo courtesy of reader Tom C.

If you make your way to the Fishers Agripark this weekend, you’ll get a rare glimpse of a bridge being built. How often do you get to see that?! This is the reconstruction of the Bell Ford Bridge 🌉

They’re basing this on the pieces Hamilton County collected from the original Bell Ford Bridge in Seymour, IN. That bridge was originally made in 1869, so it’s a bit old to reuse the same wood but the architecture will be the same — with some improvements like a more durable roof. Probably a good thing.

The Happenings

Weekend preview 📆

ICYMI from Tuesday’s issue:

> There is a polo match in Whitestown supporting both Children's TherAplay & Indiana Diaper Bank. Amazing if you have kids and like tailgating, horses, and candy

Summer red raspberries are peaking 🍓🍒 

U-pick strawberries and red raspberries are peak season right now. And Spencer Farm in Noblesville has both.

For pro-level event stacking — Spencer Farm’s winery is also hosting a 5k wine run on Sunday 🍷 Run a race, drink some wine, and go across the street to pick some berries to take home.

Bike night at HD 🏍️ 

Tonight from 5-8 pm. Music, drinks, and motorcycles. What more can you ask for? Stop by to enjoy H-D of Indy's Bike Night! And yes, all bikes are welcome.

Uncork me →🍷 

Saturday is the second annual Indiana wine festival – featuring ONLY local wines, meads, ciders, and more. For just $55 you get unlimited samples, a take home glass, live music, food trucks, and a good time. Saturday, June 22 from 2-7 pm at Military Park at White River State Park. More details here.

Almost gone: 🏊️ The 2024 Swim Olympic Trials

Everyone I’ve talked to has gone has said this was an amazing experience. So if you’re on the fence about going, here’s your push and recommendation to do it.

And Hamilton County swimmers are killing it. 18-year-old Noah Whitlock from Noblesville will likely be the youngest athlete to make the US Olympic men’s swim team since 2000. Who did it in 2000? None other than Michael Phelps.

There are seven others from the Fishers teams who are competing and doing well too 🔥 

Coming soon 🔜 

Spark Fishers returns June 24-29!💥 

Spark!Fishers is our annual, weeklong festival celebrating freedom and America. There really is everything. A 5k, drone show, car show, fireworks, free concerts, street parades, and so much more. Here is a high level way to mark your calendar:

  • ⛳️ Monday – Golf Day

  • 🎶Tuesday – Concert/Drone Day

  • 🏃 Wednesday – Run Day

  • 🚗🎨 Thursday – Car and Art Show Day

  • 🎶💥 Friday – Concert and Fireworks baby

  • 🇺🇸 Saturday – Street fair and parade

🎶 Live Music

Friendly reminder: Summer concerts are in full swing at Ruoff. Which means lots of traffic Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. This Saturday is Maroon 5.

Saturday’s Farmers Market show is Traci & Jimmy.

Check out more live music venues list on our site below 👇️

Nothing in this section is sponsored. It’s just something you should know.

Rapid Fire Hits

Quick headlines and things to know from all around 🌐 

These are your candidates for the 2024 HSE School Board election. You vote for these at the same time as the general election in November. (Larry in Fishers)

Robby Slaughter is a local who has spent the past year collecting over 5,500 signatures for a chance to run for congress in our district as an Independent. He turned in hundreds of pieces of paper to offices all over the counties. (Facebook)

A mysterious pharmaceutical manufacturing company has selected Fishers as their new manufacturing hub. They plan to hire over 350 employees to support the operations. To make this happen, the City of Fishers approved incentives for them. Any guesses who this is? (IBJ)

HSE FFA students brought home top awards like State Champion title at the 95th Indiana FFA Convention. Congrats 🎉 (X/Twitter)

You weren’t joking. Look how bad traffic in Indy is because of construction. (Reddit)

Indianapolis is the last stop for Taylor Swift’s Eras tour. Congrats to anyone with those tickets (Indystar)

Butler is launching an online program for adults who never finished their degree. (WishTV)

Weekly recap

Here’s what readers clicked the most last week 🏆️

  • Summary of the roundabout at 116/Olio and NPT (link)

  • HSE union complaint (link)

  • How to combat the Duke Energy price increases (link)

  • Renderings of what Keystone Mall will look like (link)

  • The most forgettable sports mascots (link)

Local Business

Indy Trash Guy ♻️ 

If your extra trash is held for ransom by WM, Republic, or whoever your trash co is — Indy Trash Guy can help. He’s a veteran here from Fishers and is so good at what he does. They are the kind of company that asks to stick around after a Farmer’s Market to help clean up the trash and keep our community clean.

Send him a text and he can usually get your trash in less than 24 hours. Let him know Fishers Digest sent you!

Want to know more businesses coming to Fishers?

Whistle Drive Development on 116th by I-69

This is the building that’s being built between Torchy’s Tacos and Bibibop. The leasing agent for the building announced on LinkedIn that all of the businesses following are coming soon:

🎯 Kura Revolving Sushi
🎯 Kilwin’s Confections
🎯 Perspire Infrared Sauna Spa
🎯 Wahl Optometry
🎯 Paris Banh Mi
🎯 National Mediterranean Bowl Concept (to be signed & announced)

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