Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


June 10, 2014

Colts Fan Fest heads downtown this week

GREENSBURG – Football fans lamenting the long off season will again have something to cheer about when the Indianapolis Colts Fan Fest makes its way to downtown Greensburg Thursday.

One of only three cities to host the event this year, the fan fest will bring a pair of players and a smattering of cheerleaders to the courthouse square for an evening of music, games and all manner of fun for pigskin fans of any age.

The fan fest runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, rain or shine.

“We will have the Colts in motion, traveling museum Play 60 Zone, interactive inflatables, the Colts pro shop, registration to win free tickets to a Colts game, free giveaways and the official Colts Fan Club membership,” Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jeff Emsweller said.

Music will be provided by Hunter Smith, a popular if seldom used Colts alum affectionately known by fans as “Hunter the Punter” during his playing days. Smith’s services were not often needed during an era that saw a high-powered Colts offense comprised of Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison light up the scoreboard, only rarely needing to kick the ball back to their opponents.

Smith made an impression on Indy crowds during that tenure, however, and became a fan favorite. In the time since he hung up his helmet and shoulder pads, the erstwhile punter has found himself captaining a country band bearing his name. The band’s offerings will be on display throughout the duration of the festival.

Amid the music, visitors to the fan fest will be able to meet Colts players and cheerleaders and get their autographs. Popular team mascot “Blue” will also be on hand. The cobalt Colt symbol and good luck charm will also sign autographs for eager fans.

Longtime supporters of the football franchise, which moved to Indianapolis in 1984 and notched a Super Bowl victory in February 2007, can learn about the history of the team via the traveling museum. Stalwart fans can see the team’s transition through the years from the days of the legendary Johnny Unitas to today’s exciting squad.

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