By Sam Elliott
The second annual Let’s Flock the Nickel Plate District will see another collection of creatively decorated lawn flamingos return to downtown Fishers.
“We tried it for the first time last year and there was a huge response. It was a huge hit,” marketing and public relations manager Casey Cawthon said. “The whole parks office was lined with flamingoes just waiting to be set up the night before.”
Flamingos are available for $3 while supplies last at the Fishers Parks & Recreation office, 11565 Brooks School Rd., ready to be decorated and transformed however residents see fit.
“People can decorate them however they’d like,” Cawthon said. “Last year we had an Anna and an Elsa (from “Frozen”), we had flamingos that were bejeweled, we had one that was painted black and then white like a skeleton, we had one that was painted like a peacock — everything under the sun. We put them in the Nickel Plate District before the Movie in the Park April 29 and residents can come out and vote on their favorite one and the winners gets a prize.”
Finished flamingos are due back to the Parks & Recreation office by 4:30 p.m. April 28, or can be brought to the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. April 29. Voting is open to the public from 7 to 8 p.m. April 29, before that evening’s Movie in the Park showing of “Pixels.”
“We expanded to have winners in five categories this year,” Cawthon said. “The winners receive a $50 prize pack with items from Dick’s Sporting Goods and Fishers Parks & Rec.
Categories include people’s choice, best youth design (age 10 and younger), best teen design (ages 11-17), best adult design (age 18 and older) and best Arbor Day there.