Near capacity crowd enjoys New Year’s Eve event

A near capacity crowd attended the New Year’s Eve celebration at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino that began Wednesday, Dec. 31 and moved into the wee hours of Thursday, Jan. 1. Many activities were included, with eight wedding ceremonies taking place and a new Indiana state record was established for the most Scratch-Off lottery tickets revealed at one time as 1,000 guests took part in the session.

 

Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun, center, conducts the wedding ceremony for August Wulf and Tammy Gainey during a special New Year's Eve Wedding Chapel celebration Wednesday, Dec. 31. A total of eight couples exchanged vows during the event.

Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun, center, conducts the wedding ceremony for August Wulf and Tammy Gainey during a special New Year’s Eve Wedding Chapel celebration Wednesday, Dec. 31. A total of eight couples exchanged vows during the event.

Shelbyville Mayor, the Honorable Tom DeBaun, conducted eight ceremonies beginning at 8:30 p.m. as couples said “I Do” in the New Year’s Eve Wedding Chapel. One couple waited until the clock struck midnight to “tie the knot,” becoming the first couple of 2015 to wed. Many guests stopped to watch each ceremony with couples receiving a gift as well as wedding photos, all courtesy of Indiana Grand.

“It was enjoyable and the atmosphere was festive,” said Mayor DeBaun, regarding the New Year’s Eve weddings. “I liked meeting the different people and they came from a variety of places. They were happy to enjoy the experience. I also liked the diversity of the weddings and vow renewal because I was able to see the perspective of the young couple who were freshly married and the couple who had been married nearly 30 years.”

In addition to wedding ceremonies, Indiana Grand’s four food venues, Market Buffet, Winner’s Circle Brewpub & OTB, Steakhouse and Deli, accommodated over 3,900 guests. Of that number, a large amount of people dined at Market Buffet for the special $7.95 buffet beginning at midnight.

“Our Food and Beverage team was very excited to end 2014 on such a positive note,” said Glendel Coble, director of food and beverage. “The team’s planning, execution and commitment to excellence was evident throughout the evening. I am very proud and lucky to work for such a caring food and beverage team.”

“Luck Into the New Year” was the theme for the evening, providing different stations throughout the facility that offered free take-away items such as fortune cookies, bamboo sprouts and miniature “lucky ducks.” A fortune teller provided in-depth readings to guests leading up to midnight. Also, a large Buddha statute provided guests with the opportunity to rub his oversized belly for good luck. Complimentary party favors were distributed to help ring in 2015 as The Wright Brothers, who hail from Bedford, Ind., provided live music to the standing room only crowd.

The New Year’s Eve celebration sets the tone for many upcoming events at Indiana Grand in 2015. Plans are already underway for several key events, including January’s “Luck Into the Playoffs” cash giveaways and February’s Valentine’s Day celebration. In addition, Indiana Grand’s Concert Series begins in January featuring “An Innocent Band” Saturday, Jan. 10 and “Ambrosia,” who performs two sets at 8 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. “Restless Heart” will be the featured concert Saturday, Feb. 14 for Valentine’s Day with two shows set for 8 and 9:30 p.m.