About Festival Country Indiana
Festival Country Indiana is the destination for fun just south of Indy. We make it easy for you to find great restaurants, lodging, attractions, stores, events and more in the communities of Festival Country. We also aim to be a leader in product development, encouraging the expansion of trails, the addition of new festivals and the creation of new attractions, making our communities better places to live and visit. Our visitor center is located at 66 S. Water St. in Franklin and is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. We can be reached at 317-739-8600 or at email@example.com
The communities of Festival Country
The charming downtown and college-town atmosphere of Franklin. The unbeatable shopping and parks in Greenwood. Renowned craft brew and barbecue in Bargersville. World-famous popcorn in Edinburgh. And hidden gems and recreation opportunities in Whiteland, New Whiteland, Trafalgar and Prince's Lakes. In Festival Country Indiana, you'll find a festive time you won't find anywhere else.
For more information about our communities and our county, click the links below:
Festival Country Board/Staff
Board President – Jerry Spindler
Board Vice President – Danny Causey
Board Secretary – Don Cummings
Board Treasurer – Chester Aubin
Board Members – Brian M. Alvey, Jeanette Baker, Paul Jacquin, Kim Todd Smith and John Wales
Executive Director – Kenneth Kosky
Assistant Director – Shelby Miles
2023 board meeting dates
All meetings to begin at 6 p.m. ET at the Johnson County Courthouse West Annex Auditorium, 86 W. Court St., Franklin, IN unless otherwise indicated on the monthly meeting agenda.
Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13
Festival Country History
Festival Country Indiana started with the "Journey Johnson County" project, an initiative of Johnson County residents in the 2009 Leadership Johnson County program in partnership with Franklin College.
The mission of the Journey Johnson County project was to create tourism tools that could highlight our communities' offerings and attract journeyers from within, and outside of, the area. With this mission in mind, the project group created this website to highlight all the great places and things to do.
The original members of the team were: Rich Arkanoff, Chris Menze, Don Cummings, Eileen Meyer, Janette Koon, Pat Rather, Brooke Lang and Ric Schlosser.
After completion of the project and graduation from the leadership program, Don Cummings and Pat Rather continued to maintain the site, located on the Franklin College server. By 2011, as the Super Bowl was about to roll into town, the chambers of commerce looked to this website to share info about our communities and attractions.
In 2014, the credibility around the initiative led to funding from the Johnson County Community Foundation and the Greenwood Chamber.
In 2015, the team that was continuing to work on the Journey Johnson County site decided to ask Aspire Johnson County/Johnson County Development Corporation to take ownership of the site.
Funding for creation of a newly renovated website was donated by the Johnson County Community Network and the Johnson County Community Foundation. The Johnson County Development Corporation and their community development program, Aspire Johnson County, upgraded the website.
The destination management organization that is now known as Festival Country Indiana formed in 2016 and hired its first director of tourism in 2017, taking over management of this website and the social media, as well as running day-to-day operations of the destination management organization. The organization opened a visitor center in 2020, an obstacle course in 2022, and helped bring the bicentennial alley activation to Franklin in 2023. Festival Country Indiana's campaigns have won two PRSA Pinnacle Awards, and the organization was recognized for its innovation and success by winning a 2022 Aspire Business Success Award and a 2023 Franklin Chamber Community Impact Award.