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And if you are looking for fast food…there are plenty to choose from. The county has over 100 fast food restaurants. You will never go hungry when visiting the area.
There are a lot of people that think Pawnee is based off of real cities of Indiana. In the TV show, the city is said to be located about 95 miles south of Indianapolis and 120 miles southeast of Terre Haute with a combined population of 80,000 people. The map of Pawnee is actually a map of Muncie, but turned upside down and flipped. The show even modeled Pawnee’s city government after that of Muncie and Bloomington, IN.
In Parks and Recreation, Pawnee has a city slogan of “First in Friendship, Fourth in Obesity”. Fourth in obesity as in the entire country. One of the local factories employs one-third of the city, the Sweetums Candy Factory. The most popular restaurant in Pawnee is Paunch Burger. In the “Soda Tax” episode, they introduced a 512-ounce drink called “child size” because it was roughly the size of a liquified child.
There may not be 512-ounce sodas in Muncie, but the two communities do have some things in common. This is not the first time Muncie has been modeled as a typical midwestern town. It was featured in sociological studies, in movies, cartoons, and other pop culture.
Jerry/Larry/Garry Gergich, a character on the show, loves his favorite vacation spot…Muncie, were he and his family has a timeshare.
Promoting Muncie at Travel Shows
Recently, the Muncie Visitors Bureau was at one of the largest travel shows in the USA promoting Muncie and Delaware County for tourism. This show, the AAA Great Vacations Travel Expo takes place in Columbus, OH. This year over 12,000 people attended the 3 day show. This is a great way to let others know about the many attractions and events that happen in the area. Throughout the year the Visitors Bureau promotes Delaware County at other shows, the Indiana State Fair, and many other tourism promotional opportunities.
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– In 1887, the Ball family moved its glass manufacturing business from Buffalo, NY to Muncie. Ball Brothers Glass Company became one of America’s best known manufacturers of canning jars. The Ball family purchased most of the land along the north bank of the White River between Wheeling and Granville pikes in 1893. The name chosen by the family for the property was taken from a Sioux word, “mna” (pronounced mini) which means “water” and combined with the English word “tryst” to form “Minnetrista”, or “a gathering place by the water”. The origin of the Minnetrista Cultural Center dates back to 1978, when Margaret Ball Petty wrote to her cousin Edmund F Ball, suggesting that the Ball Brothers Foundation provide a museum in which to exhibit fine art along with some Ball Jar artifacts. Every year Ball Jar collectors from all over the US will travel to Muncie for a convention to show off their antique collection of Ball Jars.
The Museum is currently closed for the season. Our 2022 Hours of Operation Calendar will be available soon.
Over the winter season we’re still here for you! Check out the museum’s Digital Collections, Virtual Tour, and collection of histories and biographies. Or try some of the activities, games, and tutorials to do at home presented by the AMA Education Department.
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2022 Hours of Operation Calendar coming soon!
National Model Aviation Museum, 5151 E Memorial Drive, Muncie, IN 47302