RENSSELAER — City of Rensselaer residents got what they wished for last week.
After a bombardment of Indianapolis Colts Fan Fest forms over the past two weeks, the Colts announced Friday that Rensselaer has been selected for a Fan Fest stop during their summer tour. The forms were available on the colts.com website.
The tour is set for the end of May and the beginning of June. The Colts have yet to confirm a date.
“We pushed for everyone to get involved in filling out forms at the high school,” said Rensselaer Central football coach Chris Meeks, who heard that Rensselaer was in the running to host a Fast Fest earlier this month. “(Brian) Zacher promoted it with the middle school kids. We sent out an email to all the schools asking everybody to vote. I think we overwhelmed them (Colts Fan Fest committee).”
Meeks also credited Kristie Housman, who handles the school’s social media. She was able to get the community involved in fan voting as well.
“I think it will be great for the city,” Meeks said. “We’ll have difference communities coming in. It allows us the chance to showcase our community.”
Rensselaer edged Portland, Indiana — located east of Muncie — and Evansville for the right to host the Fan Fest.
“The way I look at it, we’re now 2-0 against Evansville,” said Meeks, pointing to his Bombers’ Class 2A championship win over Evansville Mater Dei in 2014.
The event will allow fans to:
• Get autographs and photos with Colts players and cheerleaders;
• Register to win Colts tickets;
• Become a member of one of the official Colts fan clubs;
• Participate in free Colts giveaways;
• Play in the Play 60 Zone and interactive inflatables;
• Enjoy live music on a stage;
• Visit the mobile Colts pro shop;
• Learn how to become a season ticket member.
The colts.com website congratulated Rensselaer on winning a chance to host a Colts Fan Fest event.
Last year, Fan Fest officials chose Muncie as one of their stops. The June 5th event was attended by thousands of fans and in-state and out-of-state residents wanting to experience the event, according to the Colts website.