INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 4, 2013) – This is the final week to vote in Visit Indiana’s “Best of Indiana” contest to determine the state’s best signature fall food, best fall family-fun destination and best college football game day tradition. Voting takes place on the “Fall Favorites” section of the popular seasonal travel site VisitIndianaFall.com, which also showcases the bounty of autumn travel and leisure opportunities in Indiana. Fall is the perfect time to enjoy Indiana’s natural beauty and Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development encourage Hoosiers to explore their state during these months. “Best of Indiana” voting closes Friday, Nov. 8 and winners will be announced soon thereafter.
Indiana’s nationally-recognized tradition of heritage and cultural festivals includes a veritable bounty of local and seasonal delicacies. Indiana’s best fall festival signature foods include nominees from across the state. Mouth-watering persimmon pudding, gooey, hand-dipped caramel apples and fresh blueberry ice cream are just three of the options in this delicious category. Indiana’s agriculture output feeds the country; but with these signature festival foods, it is easy to see why we Hoosiers save the best for ourselves.
While basketball may be the sport most associated with Indiana, college football in the Hoosier State has a legacy second to none. Each of Indiana’s 21 college football programs has a unique game day experience. This category highlights the best traditions on and off the scoreboard. From bells to buckets to Touchdown Jesus, Indiana’s football tradition is packed with great tailgates, exciting rivalries, zany mascots and plenty of school pride. Voters will determine which school has the best of everything football.
With living history museums, acres and acres of corn mazes and presidents made of pumpkins, Indiana is full of fun and affordable family activities. Families can get scared silly, pick out the perfect pumpkin, sip cider with the 16th president, or soar through multi-colored treetops on a zip line. No matter what type of activity suits your family, the Hoosier State has got you covered. While all nominees are excellent family opportunities, voters will determine the Best of Indiana.
Indiana Office of Tourism Development
Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann oversees the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Mark Newman serves as the agency's executive director. IOTD is dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality of Indiana through leadership and resource support to the Indiana travel industry for awareness-building, product development and job creation.