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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Quarry Tour Part of Limestone Month Activities

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Media Contact:   Julie Warren, Julie@visitbloomington.com, 812-330-4304

2012 Quarry Tour Part of Limestone Month Activities

Bloomington, IN - June has been designated as Limestone Month and this coming June is filled with special activities and events to celebrate the heritage, industry and artistry of limestone.  Visit Bloomington is promoting activities within Monroe and Lawrence Counties.  One of the highlights of the month is a tour of an active quarry.  This is a rare opportunity, as quarries are not readily accessible to visitors.

A free tour of the Indiana Limestone Company quarry will take place on June 16th at 9:30 am.  The three hour tour will take visitors by shuttle to the quarry and milling site, where a representative will provide information on the quarrying process.  

There will also be an architectural tour of the Indiana University campus on June 15th at 2pm.  This two hour tour will be led by Brian Keith of the Indiana Geological survey and will focus on the unique limestone architecture of the beautiful campus. Both tours are coordinated through Visit Bloomington, and reservations can be made by calling 800-800-0037.

Another major event taking place is the Indiana Limestone Symposium, June 3rd through the 23rd.  This is the 16th annual Limestone Symposium, which offers a series of workshops on carving limestone for anyone interested in learning, from beginners to advanced sculptors.  There are also open house times which allow visitors to watch the carvers in action.  

More information on all the activities, and a complete calendar of events, is available at www.limestonemonth.com

"You don't have to be a history buff or a rock collector to appreciate limestone or it's prominence in our county's history," says Julie Warren, Director of Tourism at Visit Bloomington.  "It's everywhere you go in south central Indiana- from the government buildings to the huge blocks piled up at old quarries along the road. The activities taking place in June offer opportunities to experience limestone in a variety of ways."

Limestone Month was created by Visit Bloomington and the Lawrence County Tourism Commission to help promote the Indiana Limestone Heritage Trail.  This trail follows the 35 mile corridor of limestone called the Salem Belt.  Along the trail are various limestone quarries, sculptures, architecture and art. 

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Visit Bloomington actively markets and sells the destination brand experience through targeted and industry partnered strategies resulting in increased visitor spending and enhanced community well-being and resident quality of life.

More information is available at www.visitbloomington.com.