The state of Indiana is yet to put its official nickname into legislation. It’s also one of the few states that’s known for having only one (unofficial) nickname, “The Hoosier State.” The nickname was first heard in 1826, those days “Hoosier” is a rough person from the Wild West but nobody really knows where the word originated from.
Indiana is located in the Midwest region of north America and is the 16th most densely populated areas in the country. It is bordered by Illinois on its west, Ohio on its west, Michigan on its north and Kentucky from the south.
If you’re planning to visit this state, it’s good to know some of the crazy existing laws in the region. Here are some of them:
- It is unlawful to sell cars on a Sunday.
- It is prohibited to pass a horse on the street.
- It is illegal for an establishment to serve “drinks on the house.” Yes, it is illegal to serve “free drinks.”
- It is illegal for pedestrians crossing the highway (during the night) to wear tail lights.
- It is illegal to wear a mustache if the bearer has the inclination to kiss others habitually.
- It is prohibited to sniff glue.
- One may get out of paying medical care by praying for them.
With these kinds of laws existing in this state, you’ll know that locals here know how to have fun. And it shows in the celebrations that takes place in their area. Indiana is famous for the following events:
- OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
Over 40,000 attendees participate in this event and is hailed as one of the largest halfmarathon in the country. It’s been around for the past 11 years and each year the number of participants is growing.
- Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival
One of the oldest bluegrass running festivals in on the planet happens in Indiana. It’s been going on for more than 45 years and is one of the main events in the state. The event showcases more than 50 live bands performing for over a week. The even includes instrument workshops, band showcases, food booths, and the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Country Star Museum.
- The Three Rivers Festival
This is a nine day event that draws a crowd of more than 400,000 attendees. It includes arts and crafts booths, kiddie booths, entertainment, a parade, and senior events. It’s a festival for the whole family and it’s been around for more than 40 years.
The citizens of Indiana are called Indianan, Indianian or Hoosier. And if you’re a proud Indianan you should be proud of your exciting state and historic community. Over 500 festival celebrations happen in this state, and many of them are for the whole family. Show true Hoosier pride by flying the national flag during these fun events and let it fuel love for country. More Indiana Flag questions are answered here.
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