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If you go
What: Back Home Again in Indiana
Where: Downtown Angola
All day – Sidewalk sales, kids’ games and Easels on West Maumee Art Show with wandering musicians
11 a.m. – Classic Car Cruise-in
Noon – Beer tent opens, 317 W. Maumee St.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Ron Smith live on the Square
3 to 7 p.m. – Car-e-okie on the Square
Events – Pinewood Derby track open to the public, no charge; kids’ races, games; chili cook-off
Noon – Beer tent opens
1 p.m. – Cahoots Coffee Café, 1 p.m.

Indy 500 theme builds spirit of Angola contest

The Go Angola Downtown Alliance will have a full weekend of events to help the city’s chances in the Back Home Again in Indiana community decoration contest.

Downtown Angola will be a happening place today and Sunday as the community competes for the $20,000 top prize. Businesses and residents are encouraged to show their pride in Indiana, home of the Indianapolis 500 race, and with racing-themed decorations.

The community’s enthusiasm has been overwhelming, said Vivian Likes, director of the city’s Economic Development and Planning Department.

Many businesses decorated their windows in black and white with checkered racing flags, Likes said. The windows will be on display through May, she said.

“The spirit has been unbelievable,” Likes said. “It’s been fun to see, especially the decorations different businesses have come up with.”

Today’s Classic Car Cruise-in at 11 a.m. will feature more than 40 vehicles, including some older racing models of Indy 500 cars, Likes said.

More than 200 cities and towns entered the contest last year, including New Haven, which came in second. Brownstown finished first.

The decoration contest is judged by a celebrity panel that includes Indianapolis 500 drivers and Hoosier celebrities.

The winner receives $20,000 from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to use on a community project.

Angola hopes to win the money and use it to replace old and worn-out Christmas decorations throughout the city, Likes said.

New Haven 500

If today’s New Haven 500 Parade is canceled because of rain, it will not be rescheduled. Cancellation will be announced by 9 a.m.

Opening ceremonies with military recognitions are set to begin before the start of the parade at 11 a.m. at the corner of Broadway and Main streets.

For updates, call the mayor’s office at 748-7070 or go to or