West Central Indiana Region

Clay County

A stop on the National Heritage Road, Clay County has historical significance beyond West Central Indiana. The popcorn capital of the world, home of Orville Redenbacher and Indiana’s Popcorn Festival, Brazil highlights the heritage of Indiana’s official snack food. The City of Brazil is the county seat. This 360-square-mile county is blessed with 14 community parks maintained and supported by volunteers and local companies. Interstate 70 and U.S. Route 40 run through Clay County.

Clay County

Explore Clay County

Craig Park

Craig Park features three miles of walking trails, primitive campgrounds, two large lakes for fishing, a growing softball complex (Veterans Field) and new soccer fields.

Camp Krientenstein Boy Scout Camp

Camp Krietenstein has a long tradition of providing Scouts with exceptional memories at their 177-acre camp.

Special Events

Special events and festivals are a favorite of many visitors and locals all year around.

Snapshot of Clay County




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Doing Business In Clay County

Clay County boasts unique eateries and boutiques. U.S. Route 40 creates a thoroughfare for small businesses and commuters, and it’s located 55 miles west of Indianapolis and 16 miles east of Terre Haute. Residents find the balance of rural living while not being far from urban amenities. Interstate 70 makes an easy pathway to St. Louis and Chicago.

Special events and festivals are a favorite of many visitors and locals all year around. During winter months, you can plan to visit for Christmas in the Park. Spring brings the Loyalty Parade. Concert Band performances announce summer is here with a chance to enjoy the Brazil Strawberry Festival, Pottery Festival, the Rotary’s Fourth of July Celebration and the Old Settlers Picnic. Fall keeps you hopping bringing the Cory Apple festival, Clayshire Castle Medieval Faire, Route 40 Fest, and the Saline City Picnic.

The county offers peace of mind, too. Crime rates are low, and its healthcare facilities are first-rate, with access to top specialists close to home.

Higher Education Nearby

There are four colleges within 25 miles and 47 colleges within 100 miles, enrolling a total of 352,461 students.

Notable Employers In Clay County

  • Great Dane — An engineer of durable and high-quality trailers and truck bodies
  • Process Development and Fabricators (PDF) — A specialty design and fabrication / manufacturing facility producing parts and OEM machinery and equipment
  • Ascension St. Vincent Clay — A full-service hospital with 24/7 emergency care.
  • Morris Manufacturing — A global supplier of high-precision, close-tolerance machined metal parts for a wide range of industries.

Questions About Clay County? Contact Us Today.

Paul Sinders, Clay County Commissioner

psinders@gmail.com | 812-251-7241

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