Last Friday, the Colts held their final Fan Fest of the summer at the Three Rivers Festival in Ft. Wayne. A football bounce house, Colts In Motion traveling museum, inflatable football players Tiny and Crusher, carnival rides, Play 60 Zone, “Junk Food Alley,” The Hunter Smith Band and many Colts fans were all in attendance.
With fans arriving hours before the 4 p.m. event start time, the Wilson family appointed themselves “Colts Line Ambassadors” while waiting for the Colts players and cheerleaders to arrive. They instructed to other fans, with help from the Colts staff, where the line started and which way the line would wind and weave.
Rose Wilson, along with her three adult children, Nicole, Kayle and Jason, are all looking forward to watching the Colts play and win this season. They waited patiently for almost four hours to get posters and purses autographed by Colts players Anthony Castonzo and Donald Thomas.
Castonzo and Thomas arrived in Ft. Wayne via bright red helicopter; this time bringing along a plus one. Dominique, Castonzo’s girlfriend, enjoyed her first helicopter ride, especially with her two tour guides. “Anthony and Donald were pointing down the whole time, saying ‘Look here’s where I work!’ and ‘That’s my house!’”
One fan at the Colts Fan Fest had a unique connection to the Colts organization. Jody Trent used to stand on the sidelines in 2004 as a Colts Cheerleader. “It was one of the most fun years of my life,” she explained.
Jody heard about the event on the radio that morning and brought her three children, including her 10-month-old little cheerleader, to the family-friendly event. Her sons, 4 and 6 years old, are not into football yet, but they definitely were champs at the Colts Play 60 Zone running drills and throwing passes.
The National Guard, one of the Colts Fan Fest sponsors, had quite the setup Friday. A cobranded Hummer, Chevy truck and booth are where Specialist Kingsley and his four coworkers hung out to beat the heat and talk to Colts fans.
Specialist Kingsley, 20, explained that the Colts are much more than a football team to him. “They support us. Even when we are deployed we can still watch the Colts games, and the Colts organization makes that happen.” Kingsley had the honor of holding the American flag on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium during the Military Appreciation game last year.
Although the Colts summer promotions tour is over, fans can look forward to “Blue Fridays” during the season. “Blue Fridays” will include Colts Cheerleaders, the Colts In Motion traveling museum and giveaways. The first one is Thursday, September 5 at a Meijer location in the Indianapolis area before the Colts first regular season home game versus the Oakland Raiders.
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