INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Chamber’s third annual Coolest Thing Made in Indiana competition is down to the final four contestants.
All hail from different cities: Blue Fox Farms LLC, Wawaka, Noble County; Guardian Bikes, Seymour, Jackson County; Hard Truth Distillery, Nashville, Brown County; and Hoosier Racing Tire, Plymouth, Marshall County, according to a news release from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
Blue Fox Farms, Hoosier Racing Tire and Hard Truth Distillery are “Coolest Thing” veterans, with Hard Truth making it to the quarterfinals last year. Guardian Bikes is a tournament newcomer.
The contest started with 47 competitors, and interest remained high with thousands of votes cast in the quarterfinal. The semifinal round of voting tipped off Monday morning and will conclude Friday at 9 p.m.
Blue Fox Farms entered its native plant roots that are shipped to nurseries across the country. Guardian Bikes is showcasing its innovative bicycles for children that features the SureStop braking system. Hard Truth Distillery put forth its signature Hard Truth Maple Bourbon Cream. And Hoosier Racing Tire entered its well-known tires that are shipped to racers worldwide.
Votes for the semifinal round can be cast at the Coolest Things Made in Indiana web site at www.indianachamber.com/coolestthing.
As is the case in every round, the winners will be chosen through public fan voting, with the products receiving the highest votes in each matchup moving to the next round. A voter may vote once per matchup per round. Voters must vote for all matchups in each round to have their votes count.
With the beginning of each new round, the votes from the previous votes cleared, and every remaining competitor starts the new round with no votes.
Winners from the semifinal matchups will be announced Monday morning, with voting for the finals starting at that time and running through November 30.
The winner of the contest will be announced Dec. 13 at the Indiana Chamber’s 2023 Best IN Manufacturing Awards Luncheon.
To participate, a company did not need to be headquartered in Indiana, but the product entered must be manufactured in the state. Companies are limited to having one product nominated for entry.
Janus Motorcycles of Goshen took top honors in the inaugural competition and the Indiana Chamber honored Leesburg-based Maple Leaf Farms for its roast half duck in the second annual Coolest Thing Made in Indiana tournament.