Home decorating contest proves it's #StillMayInSpeedway

Homeowners in Speedway are competing in a home decorating contest as if the Indy 500 were happening this weekend. (Speedway Arts Advisory Council)

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WTHR) — The hashtag #StillMayInSpeedway is not just about decorating houses — it’s about giving back to those in need in the city of Speedway.

Every family who entered the #StillMayInSpeedway home decorating contest paid a small fee of $5 or $10, and that money will be donated by the Speedway Arts Advisory Council to the food pantry at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

Alex Wisemiller, president of the Arts Advisory Council, said almost three dozen homes in Speedway are now competing in the home decorating contest. Wisemiller came up with the idea for this home decorating competition while having a few beers with friends on a Zoom call.

"We were just kind of down in the dumps about all of our plans that we had for the month of May," Wisemiller said. "Then, we just talked about, ‘What can we do for the community while also giving back to the community?' And that's how we came up with the #StillMayInSpeedway. The next thing you know, it just took off like like a pack of 33 Indy cars going into Turn 1!"

What does this prove about the city of Speedway?

"You can take the racing out of the month of May, but you cannot take the month of May out of Speedway," Wisemiller said. "It just shows that we just live in the greatest community in the world. This is Speedway. This is Indiana. This is more than racing."

The home decorating finalists will be revealed later in the day on Friday, the judges will tour the homes on Saturday and the winner will be announced at noon on Sunday — when the green flag was originally scheduled to be dropped.