Rushville Republican

News

March 28, 2013

Grand Prix to highlight weekend of activity

Date set for Rushville’s inaugural street race

RUSHVILLE — For many years, the Rushville Police Department has kept a watchful eye over drivers near and around Rushville Consolidated High School and North Veterans Memorial Park in an effort to discourage “burning rubber” and speeding around the high school, the city pool and the fairgrounds.

However, thanks to a partnership of many organizations, speed and smoking tires will be encouraged during one weekend this summer.

The Heart of Rushville, Rush County Fairgrounds, city of Rushville, Rush County Chamber of Commerce and Riverside Park have partnered to bring the community a two-day kart Grand Prix race event along with a midget race the weekend of July 19.

Rushville will be hosting its Inaugural Indy Kart Series (IKS) event this summer. The IKS is a group of professional kart racers from all over Indiana. “Racing has been a huge part of this community’s history and I think this will be an appropriate tribute,” said Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey.

This will be a free event for spectators.

Riverside Park will open the weekend’s activities on Friday, July 19 with a free concert.

Jacobi Road and Zeke and the Geeks will be the opening acts and the feature act will be KIST (a KISS tribute band).  

The events of July 20 will get underway bright and early when the city and its volunteers begin closing off the street that will become a street racing course.

“We have tried to keep the racing activities limited to the streets around the school and fairgrounds” said Gary Davis.

A map will be developed and published to clearly define the streets involved in the track construction and the adjacent fairgrounds activities.  Vendors and racing related booths will be located in the fairgrounds area.  

Saturday’s events will include course practice by the series competitors followed by the Mayor’s Race. This race will be a friendly rivalry of invited mayors pitted against one another with the victor claiming bragging rights and a traveling trophy.

Corporate sponsors and businesses will have a chance to join in the fun by signing-up for the “local celebrity” races.

After the local champion is determined, it will be time for IKS qualifying and IKS Pre-Finals.

That evening will conclude with a midget race at the fairgrounds starting at 6 p.m.

Sunday will include practice for the IKS competing drives, followed by the IKS final events.

Keep in mind the exact details of the week are still being developed by the community volunteer board and the sanctioning body.

“We hope we can get people to come to town to recognize Rushville’s rich racing history, and for our guests to gain a better understanding of what a fantastic racing community Rushville really is. People looking forward to events in Rushville and making plans to spend a weekend here is a very good thing in my opinion,” says Pavey.

There soon will be flyers and brochures around town promoting the event.

If you would like to get involved in volunteering for the event contact the Chamber of Commerce.

Organizers believe that the sheer scale of an event this large will be an enormous undertaking for the community, but also believe that it will become a memorable tradition for our community.

The event’s proceeds will go to support local worth-while volunteer organizations.

More specific details and times will be announced closer to the weekend of the event.

 

1
Text Only
News
  • West Nile virus confirmed in Rushville The City of Rushville is positive for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus. No human cases have been confirmed at this time. The disease is one of birds, transmitted by mosquitoes, but can also cause illness in humans and horses. All citizens are

    July 22, 2014

  • What a trip My wife is planning a very exciting vacation to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. This was a big surprise to me. Not the vacation part, but the 35 years. I thought it was 34. Right now she is on the back porch, the patio table stacked high with

    July 22, 2014

  • ent-rv072214-purple xperience pic The Purple Xperience hits Rushville stage RUSHVILLE - The next performance of the 2014 Rushville summer concert series is Minneapolis based The Purple Xperience (featuring two-time Grammy Award winner Matt “Doctor” Fink, former member of Prince and The Revolution) with special guests, The He

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-rv072214-bus crash pic One dead, 50 injured in upstate NY tour bus crash NORTH HUDSON, N.Y. — A teenage girl died and more than 50 people were injured when a Canadian tour bus skidded off Interstate 87, broke through a median guard rail and rolled on its side down a steep embankment in northeastern New York.State Police s

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • St. Mary School golf open turns 25 As a means to generate funding for the continued educational efforts of Rush County’s only parochial school, the 25th annual St. Mary School Golf open is rapidly approaching.This year’s event will be held Aug. 9 at Antler Pointe Golf course, 3510 Nor

    July 22, 2014

  • Briefs ObituariesJames Lee Meyers, 69Winfred “Win” West, 83Thanks!The Rushville Republican thanks the following persons for their subscription to and support of this newspaper:David SheehanTai MorrellRobert PriddyRCHS Class of 1994 ReunionThe RCHS Class of

    July 22, 2014

  • nws-rv072214-kates race pic3 Adventures with Kate: Racing for Riley For those of you who know me, you know that I love to live life and be adventurous. In my opinion, that’s the only way to live. I mean c’mon, you only live once, so you might as well live it up!Last weekend, I had an opportunity to do something I had

    July 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Indiana volunteer flying to Washington State to help with wildfire response INDIANAPOLIS — The American Red Cross is helping people affected by the wildfires in Washington State. Red Cross volunteer and Flora resident Pat Rinehart is scheduled to leave for Washington this afternoon from Indianapolis International Airport to

    July 22, 2014

  • 1 fd comms 072214 pic Jail population shows decrease in inmate total For the first time in a number of months, Rush County Sheriff Jeff Sherwood reported at a recent county commissioner meeting that the inmate total at the Rush County Jail was the lowest it has been since the first of the year. Currently, 35 individua

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-rv072214-state fair logo Purdue to offer Vet Camp at Indiana State Fair WEST LAFAYETTE – The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting Indiana State Fair Vet Camp Aug. 1-10 at the Indiana State Fair.There will be two sections of the camp. Junior Vet Camp will be from 9 a.m. until noon daily for students

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
AP Video
Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.