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Office of Tourism Development opens fall “Best of Indiana” voting

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 18, 2013) – As autumn’s brilliant leaf colors arrive, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) encourage Hoosiers to get out and enjoy the season. The popular fall travel site showcases the bounty of travel and leisure opportunities in Indiana throughout the autumn months. This year the site features a voting competition to determine Indiana’s best signature fall food, best fall family-fun destination and best college football game day tradition in the state. Voting is open to the public and winners will be announced in November.

“The heart of fall is the perfect time to hit the road and visit all corners of our state,” said IOTD’s executive director Mark Newman. “From farms to festivals and foliage to football fields, Indiana families can find a multitude of excursion ideas at to fit any pocketbook.”

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.

Nominees for all three categories were recommended by members of Indiana’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry.

Detailed information about some of Indiana’s great autumn getaway options can also be found at the seasonal website. In addition, nearby dining and hotel options are showcased alongside each attraction or event listing. The Fall Color Blog provides frequent updates on leaf-peeping opportunities across the state. Naturalists from DNR are among the experts providing content to the blog. is linked with, the official state travel website where discounts, trip ideas and helpful tips are easily accessible.

Media Contact: 

Jake Oakman
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.