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first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana State Fair, which runs Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 19, is offering the following deals to fairgoers:Ride Safe Indiana Day Sunday, Aug. 5The first 100 motorcycles that enter Gate 6 may park on Main Street.Chevrolet Military DayMonday, Aug. 6Military personnel and their family members get in free with military ID.$2 Tuesday Presented by the Secretary of StateTuesdays, Aug. 7 and 14Attendees pay a $2 admission fee, Midway rides are $2, and concessionaires have $2 food specials.Indiana Pork Day and Farmers’ DayWednesdays, Aug. 8 and 15Attendees receive free admission when they present the ticket printed in the Indianapolis Star, and those age 55 and older ride the shuttles for free.BMV Discount DayThursday, Aug. 9Attendees pay a $6 admission fee when they present a printed voucher from myBMV.com.Hoosier Lottery DaySaturday, Aug. 11While supplies last, those 18 and older receive a free lottery ticket.First Responders DayMonday, Aug. 13Statewide firefighters, police officers and EMT personnel, along with their families, receive free admission when they present an ID or badge at the gate.AAA DayThursday, Aug. 16AAA members receive free admission when they present their card.For more information on the State Fair deals, click here.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Wisconsin football defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s first task as LSU’s defensive coordinator will be to prepare against his old team. He obviously will have quite an advantage when the Badgers take on the Tigers at Lambeau Field Sept. 3 thanks to the three years he spent on the sidelines in Madison.What he won’t have is a lot of film on whoever will be Wisconsin’s quarterback that night, simply because the next quarterback for UW will have little-to-no college experience at all. Currently, the only two quarterbacks on the roster are fifth-year seniors Bart Houston and Thad Armstrong, as well as redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook.Football: UW defensive coordinator Dave Aranda leaves for LSUJust two days after the Wisconsin football team took down USC in the Holiday Bowl, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda decided Read…Currently, the 2016 Wisconsin recruiting class has one quarterback commit, Karé Lyles, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound pro-style passer from Arizona.The blame for the lack of depth at quarterback can be pointed at one man and one man only: Gary Andersen. Even though he only coached 27 games for Wisconsin, he managed to set the program back for this upcoming season by recruiting strictly dual-threat quarterbacks to fit his desired up-tempo, West Coast-style spread offense.Anyone who knows Wisconsin football is aware that’s not how the program operates. It’s smash-mouth, two-tight-end-and-a-fullback formations with the goal of running it down the opponent’s throat.Brazzoni: Victory over USC defines what Wisconsin football meant in 2015Coming into their Holiday Bowl showdown against USC, the Wisconsin football team had played two opponents that would be considered Read…In Paul Chryst, UW has the head coach who fits the identity of the program. Andersen not only didn’t give himself enough time to do it, but he brought in the wrong players and deserted them in a system not meant for them. By bailing for Oregon State (the Beavers went 2-10 in 2015, yikes) Andersen selfishly rerouted young men’s college plans and put an entire program in a predicament.The most glaring example is Tanner McEvoy. It’s a problem when the quarterback can’t throw the ball effectively, but Andersen was so hell-bent on having his guy start he gave McEvoy the nod to start the 2014 season (not to mention inflicting Joel Stave with the yips). That experiment lasted all of four and a half games, and McEvoy spent the 2015 season at wide receiver and safety.Then there’s Austin Kafentzis. He set records in his home state of Utah, but after getting outplayed by Hornibrook (a Chryst recruit) during spring camp, he transferred to Nevada. See ya.Finally, there’s D.J. Gillins. Gillins served as the third-string quarterback this season behind Stave and Houston, but was so discouraged with his lack of playing time he asked to move to wide receiver, where he saw some action on special teams. After Wisconsin’s Holiday Bowl win against USC, Gillins announced he was transferring with the intention of playing quarterback somewhere, and he disclosed on Jan. 11 he will be attending Pearl River Community College in Mississippi.Gillins’ decision is both confusing and unsettling. All signs indicated he’d compete with Houston for the starting gig in the fall. Now, he’s heading to community college, which brings us back to the original point: Who starts under center for the Badgers for the first game of the 2016 season?It’s a two horse race — Armstrong has strictly functioned on the sideline with a headset and signaling in plays and it’s highly unlikely Lyles will start as a true freshman.Hornibrook redshirted during his first season as a Badger, leaving Houston as the only potential starter with any previous collegiate experience. And as Chryst has to make his first big decision for the 2016 season, it will be interesting to see whether he names a starter during spring camp, like he did with Stave last season, or opens the job up for competition.Chryst recruited Houston when he was UW’s offensive coordinator and got Hornibrook to flip his commitment from Pittsburgh to Wisconsin when he took the job in Madison. He’s seen both guys go through developmental stages and get to the college level. Will he go with the (limited) experience of Houston, who Andersen once banished to backup punter? Houston impressed on the road against Illinois this season when he entered for a concussed Stave. He completed 22 of 33 passes for 232 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Not too shabby for his first extended action.Houston is probably the safe choice, and if Chryst had to make a decision now, he’d almost certainly pick Houston. But the head coach has nearly eight months to arrive at that choice, and a lot can change in that time span.In just a few short months, Hornibrook progressed tremendously. He’s a tall, built left-hander who puts a tight spiral on the ball. If he gets more comfortable with the speed of play and further masters the playbook, there’s a real chance he can put up a fight for the starting job.The caveat with starting Houston is that he only has one season left. It’s another season the younger quarterbacks can develop, but it’s also a whole season of wasting valuable in-game experience.UW’s schedule only exacerbates the problem. Compared to the cookie-cutter Big Ten slate it has had the past two seasons, the first four conference games are against Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa, and three of those — with the exception of the Ohio State game — are on the road.Regardless of who the quarterback is, he will have to prove himself quickly if Wisconsin plans on being a contender next season.last_img read more

first_imgCredit: ©Neal Whitehouse Piper / CC BY-SA 2.06. Fireworks at the Fort, Segedunum, Tyne and WearNovember 5Get more than just a bang for your buck at Segedunum Roman Fort, on Hadrian’s Wall, this Bonfire Night. There will be fireworks at 6.30pm but this free display also allows free entry into the museum from 4pm, where interactive displays tell the tale of the furthest reaches of the Roman Empire. Read all about it before picking your spot for the display. There is no parking on site but Wallsend Metro Station is a five-minute walk away. Donations are welcome.segedunumromanfort.org.uk Credit: ©TJStamp / CC BY 2.02. Alexandra Palace, LondonNovember 7thLondoners were gutted when one of the city’s biggest displays didn’t run for a couple of years, but it’s sparkler-lit smiles all round now this epic fireworks display is permanently back on the calendar. Expect laser shows, a funfair, some very hip food stalls and a German Bier Festival – plus the chance to crash every other Londoners fireworks display from your raised vantage point overlooking the city skyline. Doors open at 3pm with the disaply at 8pm. Tickets are available in advance only and cost £9 for adults and £6.50 for children.www.fireworks.london 7. Kaboom, Castle Howard, YorkOctober 31Combine Bonfire Night with Halloween this year at one of the north of England’s biggest and brightest celebrations. This is far more than just fireworks, you’ll find big screen movies, live music, carnival acts, and a fright night vintage funfair, with plenty of rides for all the family. Warm up with Yorkshire tea and a hog roast and look out for headless horsemen and the ghost of Guy Fawkes wandering the grounds. Coaches run from York and Malton and there is free pre-booked parking on site too. The display is planned for 8pm, entertainment starts at 4.30pm. Tickets are selling out fast; for adults it’s £13.75 if bought before October 25, for children it’s £10. The coach is £6 return from York.www.kaboomyork.comhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQY9KugjroY8. Sparks in the Park, CardiffNovember 7Wales’ biggest fireworks display has been running since 1981 and is expected to attract some 20,000 people with its sky-lighting display against an unbeatable backdrop – Cardiff Castle. Gates open at 4.30pm with a separate children’s display at 5.45pm, the bonfire lit at 6.15pm and the main display at 7pm. Organised by Cardiff Round Table, all profits go to community causes and tickets are 25 per cent cheaper when bought online in advance (adults £7.50, children aged 3–15 £3.75). Click on the photo to find out where to go in Cardiff for a post-fireworks drink to warm up once the show’s over. 5. Blists Hill, ShropshireNovember 7Time stopped sometime in the Victorian era at Blists Hill, and Bonfire Night is no exception. This Victorian town will celebrate on the Village Green with a fireworks display accompanied by music at 7.30pm but the gates will open at 6pm to give visitors the chance to meet the townsfolk – everyone from maids to shopkeepers, all in costume. Tickets are only available in advance and cost £9.75 for adults and £6.50 for children aged 3-15. Parking will be available on site for £2, though it is limited and will be first come first served.www.ironbridge.org.uk Know of any local Bonfire Night events or firework shows that you’d like to share with us? Leave a comment below and we may just give a shout out to your favourite one.1. Lewes, SussexNovember 5thYou won’t find any half measures here, no just rocking up and seeing what happens, this is the world’s largest November 5th celebration and it’s one hell of a spectacle. Six separate Lewes Bonfire Societies each have their own processions, costumes and bonfires, and that’s before we even get to the fireworks. You’ll need to plan in advance and be prepared for crowds, as well as the best Bonfire Night of your life. Things kick off around 5pm and run through to around 1am. Trains on the Brighton-Hastings line call at Lewes; don’t even think about driving.www.lewesbonfirecelebrations.com Credit: ©Garry Burns / CC BY-SA 2.010. Hopetoun House, South QueensferryNovember 7Few fireworks displays have a backdrop as grand as the 17th-century Hopetoun House, its sweeping frontage lit up from all angles. Pre-show you’ll find a huge bonfire to keep you warm as well as plenty of live entertainment, with the fireworks the grand finale, set to music and starting at 6.30pm. Doors open at 4pm and tickets should be bought in advance. For adults tickets are £13 online or £12 from Hopetoun Farm Shop, for children they’re £6.50 online and £5.50 from the Farm Shop.hopetoun.co.uk 3. CambridgeNovember 5Cambridge’s Bonfire Night takes place on Midsummer Common in the heart of the city and as it’s hosted by the local council, it’s free. Keeping it free is pretty generous, considering that it’s the largest fireworks display in eastern England and is attended by some 25,000. A community atmosphere prevails and there’s a funfair and plenty of kid-friendly sweets stalls, as well as a bonfire that gets lit after the fireworks. The funfair is open 6–9pm, with the fireworks scheduled for 7.30pm.www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk Credit: ©Martyn M / CC BY-SA 2.09. Glasgow GreenNovember 4Ok, so there’s no bonfire, but we bet you won’t even notice once this huge pyrotechnic display gets underway. Local radio stars will provide the entertainment from 6.30pm and there will be a funfair and plenty of food and drink stalls to keep everyone entertained until the big kickoff at 7.30pm – expect around 3000 fireworks. Entry is free and 50,000 people are expected so arrive early, and via the Saltmarket or Greendyke Street entrances. 4. Leeds Castle, KentNovember 8No expense is spared when it comes to Leeds Castle’s fireworks spectacular, this year timed to music from the movies – there will even be giant projections of movie scenes onto the side of the castle. Gates open at 2pm for an afternoon of falconry (display at 3pm), live music and carousel and swing boat rides, with the fireworks display at 5.30pm. Tickets must be pre-booked and cost £19 for adults and £12.50 for children aged 4-15 years.www.leeds-castle.com Credit: ©Alasdair/ CC BY 2.0Looking for more fun day out ideas in the UK? Check these out:The UK’s most beautiful castlesFrom imposing hilltop fortresses, visible from miles around, to stumpy relics of power hidden throughout the countryside, you’ll find castles here of all varieties from all corners of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.10 of the most magical places in the UKYou’ll be spellbound by these pictures of Britain’s most mystical spots.10 of the best beaches in BritainGrab your bucket and spade and head to one of these beautiful beaches on the British coast.Explore the UK’s most beautiful gardensBloomin’ eck, these gardens are gorgeous, check out the photos!Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedChampagne wishes for New Year’s Eve? Top 10 NYE city breaks on a budgetIf you’ve seen the fireworks over the London Eye, and marched down the Royal Mile at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, why not celebrate further afield this New Year’s Eve? From champagne-fuelled dinner cruises and fancy galas to street fiestas and record-breaking fireworks, book a break to one of these European party cities…10 of the top Christmas and New Year holidays for 2017/2018We’ve put together ten of the best places to visit for Christmas and New Year, whether you want to sun yourself on the beaches of Sydney or Cape Verde, experience a full-on advent extravaganza in the Christmas markets of Vienna and Berlin, or see some truly spectacular Christmas lights in…Best places for New Year partyingBarcelona, Edinburgh and Iceland are the places to head for the best New Year parties, say Skyscanner users.last_img read more