I love a good contest, especially when it involves travel, photography, writing, and the new kid on the communications block, video. So I thought this contest from the Lafayette-West Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau, called One Great Contest, was lots of fun.
It’s fairly simple. Just share one of your favorite photos, videos or stories from a visit to the area, and you’ll be entered to win. Each of those three categories have additional categories, and all winners get $100! So there are a lot of chances to take home some cash.
Entries are due September 30, 2012 and voting will take place in October. So even if you’ve never been, or it’s been awhile, you have plenty of time to plan a trip. Here are a few ideas:
Visit Wolf Park. This 75-acre habitat is home to more than a dozen wolves, as well as coyotes, bison and other wild animals. It’s long been on my Indiana bucket list. You could also participate in the September 15 Walk for Wolves fundraiser, which includes a walk around the grounds.
Tour the Tippecanoe Battlefield. The Battle of Tippecanoe was a major turning point in Native American history, as it marks the moment when Indians lost their grip on the midwestern part of the United States. It’s also considered one of the opening battles in the War of 1812. This area is full of fascinating and noteworthy history.
Splash around at Tropicanoe Cove. Featuring the Banana Peel tube slide and Cattail Crik lazy river, your whole family can cool off and make great end-of-summer memories.
Dine out. Try the Duane Purvis All American burger at the Triple XXX Family Restaurant, one of Indiana’s Super 46 sandwiches. Or grab a donut from local legend Mary Lou Donuts (1830 S 4th St.) And since its a college town, get pizza from Arni’s. There may be outposts around the state, but I think it always tastes better where it started.
These are just a few ideas for fun in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area. For more trip planning info, visit their tourism website, http://www.homeofpurdue.com. And don’t forget to capture those memories and try to win some cash for your next Indiana adventure!