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The Shindigz National Soccer Festival will once again return to the Hefner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW Thursday, August 16th through Saturday, August 18th. Schedules and advance tickets are now available online at www.nationalsoccerfestival.com, at the IPFW box office as well as at area Walgreen's and Connolly's Do It Best Hardware locations.

For the first time in the history of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival, a professional team will compete against college teams. Chivas of Guadalajara will play the University of Notre Dame on Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m. and Indiana University on Saturday, August 18th also at 7:00 p.m. The Chivas vs. Indiana University game will be televised nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.

A true Festival atmosphere will prevail throughout the event with many new and exciting attractions along the Shindigz National Soccer Festival Midway. Thrills abound on the Bungee Trampoline and in the Bouncy Castle. Test your skills in the Speed Kick, Throw to Win and Ring Toss, then test your luck on Spin to Win and Plinko. Many young ones will also love the new Bubble Machine. The Shindigz National Soccer Festival Midway activities are free or very moderately priced. Sweetcakes Entertainment: www.sweetcakesentertainment.com , will also once again be an integral part of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival Midway. The Sweetcakes Team brings a sense of magic and comedy to the Festival with their time-honored children's favorite: face painting.

Many Festival food favorites will also be available including snow cones; Chick-Fil-A sandwiches and Lemonade as well as stadium concessions at the event prepared by Hall's Catering Services.

What began in 2000 has now become the nationally known phenomenon of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. What was merely a soccer event has now turned into a full-fledged, grass roots community supported soccer festival. Corporations, foundations, and personal donations are the backbone of the festival. The beneficiaries of the event are the city of Fort Wayne for the national recognition it receives; the area youth for the hands on interaction with the soccer players and coaches from national major universities; the local business people of Northeast Indiana, for the added commerce brought to the area; the area universities, for the added exposure and the average Fort Wayne citizen who knows nothing about the game, but loves to have fun in a family oriented atmosphere.

Currently, the Shindigz National Soccer Festival has evolved into a true community soccer festival, including youth clinics put on by major university coaches and players, wide ranges of live entertainment, opportunities for youth involvement, food vendors, giveaway prizes, and for the 21 and older crowd, beer tents, all located at the beautiful Hefner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Shindigz National Soccer Festival is honored again, this year, to bring top-ranked college soccer teams, along with a highly prestigious Mexican professional team, to Fort Wayne. Due to the great history of the event, Shindigz National Soccer Festival has been recognized nationally as the premier event to attend for pre-season collegiate soccer.

The Waynedale News Staff
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