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By B. Scott Mohr
As a culmination of their studies about Indiana, first-graders at Bunker Hill Elementary in Franklin Township will stage their special version of the Indianapolis 500 on Friday.
The children are building “race cars” out of cardboard and will compete in qualifying heats to determine the starting grid.
Prior to the green flag waving at 2:15 p.m., “Back Home Again in Indiana” will be performed, and there will be a balloon release before the little ones “strap” themselves in their Flintstones-like cars for what’s sure to be an entertaining race.
Last year’s 29th annual event was attended by an estimated 1,000 people, including Indiana first lady Karen Pence, 500 Festival princesses and 2009 Miss America, Katie Stam. Over the years the event has attracted several IndyCar drivers, politicians and basketball players from Butler and Indiana universities. It’s estimated that more than 3,000 children have taken part in the race.
Proceeds have benefited the Susan B. Komen Foundation and the Indiana Canine Assistant Network.
Guests are welcome and are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. The school is located at 6620 Shelbyville Road.