Business briefs – September 23

Brewery hosts chill cook-off

McCordsville’s Scarlet Lane Brewing Co., 7724 Depot St., McCordsville, will hold a chili cook-off from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14 as the Bicentennial Torch Relay passes through town.

Twenty-five competitors will be chosen to participate. Each dish submitted in the contest must contain a Scarlet Lane beer in the recipe.

Categories include standard or traditional chili, sweet, spicy, vegetarian and turkey or chicken chili.

Commemorative beer glasses will be handed out to those who attend.

Registration is free and must be completed by Oct. 7. Register by contacting Lea Newlin at

Jim Dandy locations gift donations to storm victims

Jim Dandy restaurants in Greenfield, Tipton and Noblesville recently held benefits to raise funds to help the victims of tornadoes in Kokomo.

Each restaurants gave the Kokomo Salvation Army a percentage of its sales for an entire day and donations collected from its guests.

The restaurant chain’s Executive Vice President Brent Reasner said the general managers of the three Jim Dandy locations wanted to do something to help Hoosiers in need.

Reasner recently present a check for nearly $2,300 to Major David Luft of the Kokomo Salvation Army.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer this check for that purpose,” Reasner said.

Pumpkin patch named to statewide list

Lark Ranch in Greenfield was recently named to a national vacation-planning website’s list of the best pumpkin patches in Indiana.

Vacations Made Easy published its annual list of the “30 Perfect Pumpkin Patches” in Indiana, naming Greenfield’s Lark Ranch, 1611 N. Meridian Road, among them.

The ranch features a 20-acre pumpkin patch. Other activities include a pumpkin cannon, bounce house, 15-acre corn maze, zip line and pony rides.

Lark Ranch is open Saturdays from noon to 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

General admission is $10, according to the company’s website.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or