After the service you can head over to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Miller Lite Carb Day featuring the Indy Lights Freedom 100 at 12:30 p.m. and a concert by Train and opener Blues Traveler at 3:30 p.m. The concerts are free with the gate admission of $30.
The 62nd 500 Festival Parade starts at noon Saturday in Downtown and will feature grand marshals Abby Abel and Mitch Bonar, local celebrities, costumed characters, floats, marching bands and the 33 starting drivers of the Indy 500.
That evening the Snakepit Ball will take place at the Indianapolis Roof Ballroom. The sold-out and black-tie event is known for its eclectic mix of celebrities, business leaders and VIPs, all of whom will enjoy signature cocktails, gourmet food and entertainment. The event begins at 6 p.m. and includes a televised red carpet.
The Indy 500 starts at 12:20 p.m. Sunday, and tickets are available.
Honoring a Beech Grove grad, others
His name is inscribed on the memorial in Sarah T. Bolton Park, 1300 Churchman Ave., and on Saturday at 11 a.m. Beech Grove’s American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5626 will host a service to honor him and the other men whose names adorn the memorial.
“We need to pay our respect to Ronald Smith and all the other men whose names are on the wall,” said Lawrence J. Steeb, a former classmate of Smith. “They gave the ultimate sacrifice. I hope to see a good turnout.”