Celebrating 200 Years with the State of Indiana

Throughout the fall and winter of 2016, Markey’s had the pleasure of assisting with the State of Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration. Three distinct events allowed residents, tourists and state government staff an opportunity to celebrate Indiana’s founding 200 years ago. Markey’s was on-hand for all three celebrations; providing staging, lighting, video and audio support.


These events were a huge success but did pose some challenges. During an event in October, part of the celebration was the unveiling of the newly renovated plaza at the Capitol Building. The renovated plaza included a two tier section in front of the stairs on the west side. This created a very tight 25 foot main platform in front of the stairs. Using a SL100 mobile stage, we were able to drive down the side walk into the new area. Once the stage was in place there was only 2.5 feet to spare in the front and back. A tight fit to say the least but a successful drop! The video consisted of two video walls, 5 camera’s and one mobile control center in the legislature parking lot about 150’ away. Audio was hung from the stage with JBL Line Array cabinets and delay cabinets down the side walk all the way to Washington St. and Senate. As this was a daytime event, lighting was a simple stage wash in case of an overcast day. All of this, allowed us to provide excellent video & sound coverage for the various dignitaries and musical acts to take the stage that day!


Photo courtesy of Rob Banayote.  

In December, we were at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Indiana Farmers Coliseum for two events. The most unique challenge to these two events was navigating the security needs for the Vice-President Elect and Governor of Indiana Mike Pence. We also worked closely with IPBS out of Bloomington who was live webcasting the evening event and recording the event for a tape delayed rebroadcast on Sunday.

A two day setup, allowed us to fly over 360 feet of truss in the coliseum to support an extensive lighting rig and flown screens. With everything from Quantum Profiles to MAC Vipers our lighting designer had the venue rocking. Audio was again supported with flown JBL line array cabinets. With multiple music acts and performers constantly changing over on the stage, our audio engineer and technicians had their work cut out for them. Due to their preparation and professionalism they flawlessly executed these many challenges. Video consisted of 20k Barco projectors on 15’ X 27’ Stumpfl screens flanking the stage. There were also multiple feeds to down stage monitors and to the green room. We provided multiple manned cameras with various long throw lenses. Markey’s also had one of our HD remote controlled cameras flown in the rig with full control by our technical director. This was all controlled in the upper level by a Barco FSN 150 HD switcher and recorded on AJA drives and our Atomos Shogun record decks.

Photo courtesy of Rob Banayote. 
Markey’s provided independent PA and uplighting throughout the venue’s halls and lobby, so the guests would not miss a minute of the event or and to heighten the celebration experience. Working closely with the event planning team at Maribeth Smith and Associates, Markey’s was also able to take the standard security tent and provide a festive atmosphere.

We at Markey’s could not be more proud to have been there assisting with these momentous occasions; celebrating our Indiana’s birthday. We look forward to many more successful years of partnership with the State of Indiana and our state’s 300th birthday!