[r55] Lazy Summer Days (6/14/2013)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Start Date: 6/14/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 6/14/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM
Technically summer doesn't start until June 21, but around here we've considered it summer since the school year ended and the first 80 degree day hit. Summer is the time of year where people can truly relax and enjoy the warm weather and companionship of friends and family.

High gas prices are making everyone think twice about a vacation, so my suggestion is to think local and go on a staycation.  There are plenty of fun things to do right here in our communities that don’t involve much money or travel.  Below are some fairs and festivals I’m planning to attend, and I would love to see you there! 

June 15-20: Franklin Co. Fair 
June 19: Batesville Music and Arts Festival
June 20-21: Southern Indiana Automotive Expo
June 22-23: Moscow Covered Bridge Festival
June 22-29: Rush County Fair
June 22, 28-31: Connersville Bicentennial
July 4: Rushville 4th of July Parade
July 6: Connersville Bicentennial Parade
July 11-18: Decatur County Fair
July 12-13: Batesville Firemen’s Festival
July 20-21: Freudenfest
July 21-27: Ripley County Fair

You can also visit www.in.gov/visitindiana to get vacation ideas from around the state. Whether you’re looking to walk trails at Turkey Run State Park, enjoy rides at Holiday World, take your kids on an journey to ancient land at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis or enjoy the water park at Indiana Beach, there is an adventure right here in Indiana that you and your family will love.
Summer is also the time to take advantage of the fresh produce available from local farmers’ markets and road stands. Check local websites and community boards for information about times and locations.

Along with the joys of summer weather also comes the dangers associate with high temperatures and strong sun rays. Keeping hydrated is one of the most crucial things you can do to say safe in hot weather. The Mayo Clinic suggests consuming nine to 13 cups of water per day, more if you’re involved in heavy activity, to keep your body healthy. Wearing sunscreen is also just as important to protect your skin. 

Let’s get out and be active this summer and enjoy what Indiana has to offer. I look forward to seeing many familiar faces and meeting new friends during all my summer activities!


State Rep. Cindy Ziemke serves as Vice Chairman of the Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee. She also serves on the Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development Committee and the Select Committee on Government Reduction.  Rep. Ziemke represents portions of Rush, Fayette, Franklin, Ripley and Decatur counties.