Festival of Machines returns to Conner Prairie for sixth year


Conner Prairie wants to allow its visitors to get up close and personal with various types of machines. The interactive history museum will conduct the sixth annual Festival of Machines Sept. 14-15. 

“This event is a great way for anyone interested in how things work to come and meet some new machines,” said Rachel Poe, program developer. “We try to include as many hands-on activities as we can.” 

Festival of Machines is designed for anyone who wonders how things work. 

“If you’ve ever questioned how a VCR works or how it feels to be inside the cab of a giant cement mixer, you’ll probably find something interesting,” Poe said. 

New this year is the Invitational Showcase Car Show. 

“The cars in this showcase have been selected as some of the best of the best from car show winners around central Indiana,” Poe said. “They represent the history and diversity of transportation in America, and we will have some beautiful and unique cars under our tent.”

Guests can explore an air ambulance from St. Vincent Statflight and watch RC aircraft demonstrations with the Northeast Side Taildraggers. 

“They will be flying model aircraft and talking to guests about their machines and the organization,” Poe said. “The demonstrations will be ongoing, so you don’t have to show up at a particular time to enjoy the flights.”

Rivers, Roads, & Rails allows people to find out what the citizens of Prairietown thought about the future of transportation.

Kids and adults can drive an RC Car on a course they help build, experiment with roller-coaster mechanics and participate in LEGO car crash testing.

Entrance to the Festival of Machines is included in admission to Conner Prairie. For more, visit connerprairie.org/explore/things-to-do/festival-of-machines/.


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