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Adventure Guide INDIANA • OHIO

2012

Register Publications

Filled with fun adventures for the whole family!

Live Music • Beer Gardens • Fireworks • Games • Rides

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Easy & Fun being ‘Green’

reen Acres Canoe & Kayak Rental on Suspension Bridge Road in Whitewater Township, Ohio, is wholesome family fun.

Owners David and Sharon Lutz, along with their three children, turned a family farm/recreation area into a “modern” family fun destination. Green Acres offers rentals of canoes, kayaks, rafts and tubes on the Whitewater River along with a farm-themed miniature golf course. They are family-friendly and hope to create happy memories to last a lifetime. To add to that enjoyable learning experience, Green Acres offers a goodie bag to children. They have partnered with RiverWorks Discovery to offer a river scavenger hunt and reward children with an otter patch upon

completion. The RiverWorks Discovery otter patch and scavenger hunt is sponsored by Westway Group. RiverWorks Discovery is a national education outreach effort of the National Rivers Hall of Fame located at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa. The program teaches children and their families about the commerce, culture and conservation of America’s rivers and their watersheds. Each child that takes a river trip is offered a bright orange bag emblazoned with “Winners Wear Lifejackets” on one side and “Pack it In, Pack it Out” on the other. The bag includes the scavenger hunt, a children’s activity book from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a temporary fish tattoo from the Ohio Dept. of Wildlife, a sticker from the Safe

Boating Campaign, and a river map that was created by the Ohio EPA that has information about the Whitewater River and its exceptional water quality and cleanliness. Youngsters are also given one other item, along with suggestions for personal actions to help keep the rivers clean. The item is a reusable mesh bag and the advice is to bring it back with litter collected on their trip, and “it has to be litter found while on the river, not leftovers from their lunch”, said Lutz. The kids don’t do the cleaning for free though, she rewards them with the RiverWorks Discovery patch, and a free ice cream. If the family brings back a tire, they all get rewarded with free rounds of mini-golf. “We gave away a lot of ice cream See GREEN, Page 8

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Other Highlights... May ✯ Lore of the Laughery: All ages can experience the past from the mid 1700s to early 1800s. See how people lived and hear the music of the time by military bands and fife & drum corps. May 5-6, 667-5131. ✯ Tri-State Antique Market: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6 ,at Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, U.S. 50. Admission $3. 1-513-738-7256. ✯ Butterfly Kisses: Join Deb Ward for the unique strategies of colored pencils from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 12, at a location to be determined. Reservations suggested. Fee: Adult Member $10; Adult Non-Member $15; All Students $10. Info/Reservations: Dearborn Highlands Arts Council, 539-4251. ✯ Ghosts in the Museum: Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 213 Fifth St., Aurora. Participate in a paranormal investigation of Hillforest in the dark with members of the Spiritual Hope Society. Warning... not for the faint of heart. Visit www.spiritualhopesociety.com for more information. Saturday, May 19. Members $40, Non-members $45. Reservations are required and may be placed by calling 926-0087 or online at www.hillforest.org.

June ✯ Tri-State Antique Market: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun-

day, June 3, Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, U.S. 50. Admission $3. 1-513738-7256. ✯ River Music: The Music on the River concert series in downtown Lawrenceburg. Free concerts are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays kicking off on June 7 through third week in September. 5374507. ✯ National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Shoot: Shooting matches, traders row, primitive camping in teepees and lodges with trade blankets, during June at the Walter Cline Range in Friendship. 667-5131. ✯ Relay for Life: The annual American Cancer Society fundraiser typically held over a 24 hour period June23-24. 637-0353. ✯ Dearborn County 4-H & Community Fair: The annual event is June18-23 at the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, U.S. 50. ✯ Dream Big: Read/Own the Night (teens): is this year’s summer theme at Lawrenceburg Public Library and North Dearborn Branch Library for kids and teens. Our Summer Reading Program advocates children to read, develop positive attitudes about books and maintain their reading skills. It gives teens and adults the opportunity to read for pleasure, develop reading habits and become lifelong library users. Our program offers a fun approach to reading for all ages. Visit the library for a summer filled with story times, reading clubs, special performances, activities, crafts and more. at 537-2775 or the North Dearborn Branch Library at 637-0777. ✯ Aurora/Dillsboro Summer Reading: The Aurora Public Library District holds summer reading activities throughout June. For more information call Aurora Public Library at 926-0646 or Dillsboro Public Library 432-5200.

Time to head home to Dillsboro

Chandra L. Mattingly Register Publications Staff Reporter aurora@registerpublications.com

Jump up and find yourself a frog: Dillsboro Homecoming is just around the corner! With this year’s theme As Time Goes On, the May 16-19 street festival features old-time contests, frog jumping and costumed competition, Grampa Cratchet, Poor Jack Amusements midway and Nashville entertainment, said co-chairman Brett “Mooch” Hamilton. New this year will be an activity from Shelbyville, he said. “It’s Human Hamster Balls – like the ones you run around in,” said Hamilton. The balls and their human occupants will roll around on top of the water in a 2-foot deep, 40-foot pool. And returning from the past? Bingo! Wednesday’s activities begin at 7 p.m., with opening ceremonies folMoores Hill

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lowed by prince and princess, king and queen and other awards, then Twinkie eating, a scavenger hunt, apple peeling, corn shelling and crosscut saw competitions. Stage entertainment begins on Thursday, with Skallywags providing the music at 8:30 p.m., following the baby contest at 7:15 p.m. Registration for the 24-month and under crowd will be 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. “We’re trying to have a smoke-free entertainment area,” Hamilton said, asking smokers to respect others sharing their space. Frog competitions are Friday, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Billed as the 35th annual, the frog contests have no entry fee and no age limit. Following, Midnight Special will play classic rock from the 70s and 80s at 8:30 p.m. Saturday is chockful of activities: ■the ■ 5K run and walk at 8 a.m.; ■parade ■ at 11 a.m.; ■classic ■ car show at noon in the US Bank lot (432-3631 to register); ■Zippo ■ the Clown will perform at 12:15 p.m., ■parade ■ winners announced at 12:34 p.m. ■■ and the South Dearborn jazz band and show choirs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ■Evening ■ entertainment includes Linda Lee from Arcadia, Ind., then The Brasher Bogue Project and Michael Ray out of Nashville, all country music performers. The music starts after the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. “They’re all openers for the headliner, which is Jeff Bates. He’s a pretty good Nashville act,” said Hamilton.

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Find the ‘Lore’ in Friendship

The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association will present its annual living history event, “Lore of the Laughery,” May 5-6. Held near the banks of scenic Laughery Creek on the grounds of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association in Friendship, Indiana, this event draws its inspiration from the time period of 1750 to 1812, and focuses particularly on the early history of the local area. It is a little known fact that Laughery Creek was the site of one of the very few Revolutionary War engagements to take place in what is now the state of Indiana. Now in its eighth year, Lore of the Laughery’s public hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The lush and beautiful Laughery Valley of southern Indiana has a unique story to tell- the lore of the Laughery. From earliest European explorations through the Revolutionary War and beyond, the Laughery Valley was witness to much of the political maneuvering, intrigue, and turmoil amongst foreign powers, Native tribes, and early settlers, leading to the birth of a new nation and to the eve of Indiana statehood. The telling of this story is a direct effort by the National See LORE, Page 12

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From Page 5 Muzzle Loading Rifle Association to increase its focus on educational programming, living history interpretation, and support of Early American craftsmanship. To advance these educational goals, Lore of the Laughery was conceived as a unique way to bring skilled and experienced living history interpreters into interactive contact with a public audience. The event is envisioned as a venue to engage not only the local community, but also attract an even wider public response through its approach to interpreting area history in a visually vivid, engaging, and highly interactive format. Lore of the Laughery will have many colorful stories to tell of the 1750-1812 Eastern frontier, related through the pageantry of the recreated military units, period artisans, craftspeople, entertainers, voyageurs, merchants, civilian encampments, and period livestock demonstrations of the time period. The event is a family-oriented one, with special hands-on activities planned for the children such as candle making, costume try-on, bead stringing and period games. Lore of the Laughery has become known among local educators as an outstanding historical education resource for their students. In acknowledgement of its responsibility to be a leader in interpreting Indiana fur trade and pioneer history, the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association will again sponsor a “School Day Sneak Preview” on May 4 for pre-registered area school children. Over 700 children are expected to attend and engage in activities designed especially for them, including candle dipping, butter churning, bead stringing, Colonial games, and a costume try-on booth! Educators and their students will enjoy a wonderful opportunity to meet and learn from some of the finest historical interpreters in the country. Tickets may be ordered in advance at a reduced rate of $4 for adults and $2 for children 4-12 by sending a selfaddressed stamped envelope with check or money order to the NMLRA, P.O. Box 67, Friendship, IN 47021 or by calling 1.800.745.1493. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted. Mail orders must be received by April 20th. Advance tickets are also available at the Ripley County Tourism Bureau, 220 East US 50, Versailles, IN, 1.888.747.5394, www. ripleycountytourism.com. Tickets are good for one day, either day, and there are no refunds or will call facilities. Gate admission will be $6 for adults and $3 for children 4-12. There is on-site parking at no extra charge. Handicap parking is available. No pets are allowed except assistance animals. Directions to the site may be obtained by contacting the Ripley County Tourism Bureau offices, 1.888.747.5394, www. ripleycountytourism.com. The web address for the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association is www.nmlra.org.

‘Lore’ features ... ■■Music from the Voyageur Ancient Fife & Drum Corps, a recreation of an 18th century Fife & Drum Corps that has as its membership children under the age of 18; the French Canadian sounds of Travelers Dream; and the hammered dulcimer and fiddle of the group Jim’s Red Pants; ■■Sidesaddle riders and a period horse encampment will introduce visitors to the rural lifestyle of the time; ■■ Blacksmithing, spring pole lathe, gunsmithing, leatherworking, silversmithing, woodworking, spinning, braintanning of leather, weaving, bobbin lacemaking, and powderhorn making are just a few of the living arts skills that will be demonstrated. ■■Several Native American-style wigwams will be set up for families to visit and enjoy. ■■Special features include a period fashion show and a reenactment of frontier life by the Painted Stone Settlers.

St. Martin Church Festival 8044 York Ridge Rd • Guilford, IN 47022 • 812.576.4302

SATURDAY • JULY 28, 2012

Mass at 4p • Pulled Pork Dinner & Games at 5:30p Texas Holdem • Games • Kiddie Land • Quilts Hamburgers • Hot Dogs • Snacks • Beer Garden • Raffles Live Music 8:30p - 11:30p

SUNDAY •JULY 29, 2012

Mass at 10:30a • Buffet Style Chicken Dinner - 11:30a - 5p Lunch Stand • Booths • Games • Raffles • Quilts Country Store • Kiddie Land • Beer Garden • Themed Baskets Music by DJ Makin’ Noise

5K Country Run • Call 812.487.2665 for information

ST. MARTIN SUPER RAFFLE

Grand prize of $10,000. All proceeds will go towards badly needed repairs to St. Martin Church. Tickets $25 each. Available both days, drawing on Sunday. Routes to festival: Take I-275 to Lawrenceburg (exit 16). Cross US50 and follow Rt. 1 North to Yorkridge Rd. Left onto Yorkridge Rd. to Yorkville, about 4 miles to church. OR I-74 to St. Rt. 1 (3miles) to North Dearborn Rd. to New Alsace, left onto Yorkridge Rd to church.

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Firecracker Fest G’dale fires up Fourth returns to Lesko Chandra L. Mattingly Register Publications Staff Reporter aurora@registerpublications.com One day only, the Aurora Firecracker Festival nonetheless has more activities planned this year than last, said Mike Peters, committee member. A project improving the walking trail in Lesko Park was expected to be underway last year, so the festival was moved to a couple blocks of Ind. 56. This year, it will be back in the park, but with the project completion set for June, it won’t include craft booths, as the park grounds may still be recovering, he said. Hopefully, the crafts will return in 2013 when the festival may go back to two days. “Next year we’re kind of looking to go back to two days,” with the boat parade and prince and princess contest Friday evening, said Peters. As for this year, a full range of activities and entertainment is planned for the festival Saturday, June 30. Opening at 12:30 p.m., the entertain-

See FIRECRACKER, Page 8

Erika Schmidt Russell Editor community@registerpublications.com Fourth of July fun and excitement begins bright and early in Greendale Wednesday, July 4. Registration for the Greendale 5K run/walk starts at 7:30 a.m. at Greendale Cabin, off Nowlin Avenue. The run/walk starts at 9 a.m. A fishing derby for the younger set has registration starting at 8 a.m. at Schnebelt Pond, with the derby running from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bait is provided. Prizes and T-shirts also are awarded. The kids also can take part in the bike parade from Oakey Park to Greendale Cabin. Registration starts at Oakey Park at 2:30 p.m. The bike parade starts at 3 p.m. and ends at the Cabin at about 3:30 p.m. Kids participating in the parade get a T-shirt and goodie bag. More fun can be had around Greendale Cabin with food, music, and more until the fireworks start at dusk July 4. For more information call Linda Cromer at 1-812-5372013.

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ment will begin with Bob Hudson’s Country Kings, and activities with the king and queen contest. At 2:30 p.m., the Showtime Dancers will perform. Meanwhile, registration for the baby contest will be from 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., with the contest from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. At that point, the prince and princess contest will begin for youngsters grades two and three from Dearborn, Ohio, Switzerland and/or Ripley counties. Evening activities will begin with the presentation of colors by the Korean War veterans at 6:30, followed by the National Anthem, a prayer service, and, at 6:40 p.m., awards to veterans. Hoosier Hoedowners will perform at 7 p.m., and the Modulators at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks over the Ohio River promptly at 10 p.m., weather permitting. Folks are invited to bring picnics to the park for the festival, but there also will be food vendors. The festival committee is not charging for vendor space for qualifying vendors, added Peters. “We’re hoping to show off the park,” he said, explaining the new playground area, walking/biking trail and restrooms will be completed, as will the repaved and renovated parking area and veterans memorial, complete with new flag poles. Rain date for fireworks will be Sunday, July 1, also at 10 p.m.

July ✯ Tri-State Antique Market: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, U.S. 50. Admission $3. 1-513-738-7256. ✯ Independence Day 5-K Run/ Walk: Annual 3.1 mile race through Greendale as part of Fourth of July events. ✯ River Music: The free Music on the River concert series is held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, in downtown Lawrenceburg. 537-4507. ✯ Ohio County 4-H Fair: will be in Friday, July 5 through Saturday, July 14, at the Ohio County Fairgrounds, Rising Sun. 438-3656. ✯ American Girl Day Camps: Girls ages 5 to 14 will have a great time learning the history of the American Girl doll series and participating in crafts, games and a little lady tea from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, July 16, through Thursday, July 19, at Hillforest Victorian House Museum, 213 Fifth St., Aurora, Reservations required. Cost is $25 per child. 926-0087, www.hillforest.org.

Bright Community Festival:

Annual street festival will take place near the end of July. Proceeds benefit the Bright Volunteer Fire Department and Life Squad 1-800-322-8198. ✯ St. Martin Church Picnic: Games, food, and music Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29. 623-3408. St. Martin Country Run: Annual race in Yorkville, Sunday morning, Saturday, July 28, in conjunction with church picnic. 623-3408.

August ✯ Pilsners

and Ports Summer

Soiree: Enjoy a summer evening sampling speciality beers and wine, appetizers, live music and a great view of the Ohio River from the courtyard at Hillforest Victorian House Museum, Aurora. A tour of Hillforest included in the price. 6:30 p.m. To 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Reservations required. Cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. 926-0087. ✯ Tri-State Antique Market: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, U.S. 50. Admission $3. 1-513-738-7256. ✯ St. Leon Fireman’s Festival: Annual event typically held in August at the firehouse in St. Leon. Fun, food and games.

St. John the Baptist Dover, Indiana

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FALL CRAFT SHOW & CHICKEN DINNER

*Chicken Dinner is SUNDAY ONLY

Saturday, July 14 • 6:30p - Midnight Food Fest and Beer Garden Music by Too Hot Tacos • Games Sunday, July 15th • 11a - 9p Chicken Dinner • 11a - 5p Carry Out until 6p Country Store • Raffles Games • Bingo • Kids Area Beer • Entertainment th

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22nd Annual

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Saturday, November 3rd Craft Show • 9a - 4p Sandwich Lunch • 10:30a - 2p Sunday, November 4th Craft Show • 11a - 5p Chicken Dinner • 11a - 5p

12 Room Schoolhouse filled with CRAFTS...wood, fabric, floral, jewelry, candles, plus home baked goods. WONDERFUL RAFFLE!

I-74 St. Leon Exit, 3 miles south on SR 1

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RISING SUN, INDIANA

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Great Deals! Low Prices! Pick up the Rising Sun Re corder or Ohio County News the week of the sale for the map with all yard sale locations throughout Rising Sun & Ohio county! SPRING COMMUNITY YARD SALE

MAY 3, 4, 5, 2012

FALL COMMUNITY YARD SALE

SEPTEMBER 2012 FOR INFORMATION CALL RISING SUN CITY HALL • 812-438-3340

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August continues to Roar

Chandra L. Mattingly Register Publications Staff Reporter aurora@registerpublications.com

Have you ever wanted to drive one of those nifty hydroplanes that go roaring past during the A Roar of Thunder regatta? Well, this year you could learn to do so, said Charlotte Hastings, coordinator of the event at Aurora’s riverfront Lesko Park. “They’re doing a driving school which will be a new thing this year,” she said. It’s one of four places the Powerboat Superleague is offering schools, which will be open to the public. Two two-seater powerboats will be

available just for the training, which will take place both in a pool somewhere and on the Ohio River, she said. The Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19, event is the 14th annual regatta for Aurora. Racing will occur on both days, and food vendors will be available. Opening ceremonies will be at noon. “If we can come up with enough money, we’ll have an airshow,” said Hastings.

Live entertainment also is planned, definitely for Saturday afternoon and possibly Sunday afternoon as well. The park itself will be completely renovated, with newly paved parking lot, a veterans memorial, widened walking/biking trail and new restrooms and playground. For more information about the regatta or the driving school, call 1-877-5716004.

HEAD TO CHURCH (FESTIVALS)

From St. Lawrence to St. Teresa fun runs June to September

Erika Schmidt Russell Editor community@registerpublications.com t. Lawrence Catholic Church Festival in Lawrenceburg is getting a jump on the church summer festival season moving its festival up to Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17. Besides being nearly a month earlier, the festival also will feature a grand prize raffle of a golf cart. While the festival will be earlier in the year, the famous German Dinner will be back on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. New this year will be Father Pete’s Spaghetti Dinner on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday brings the chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a special for Father’s Day of a half price dinner for dads with their children. Also on the slate for the festival are the bid-n-buy, raffles, beer garden, childrens area, games and more. For more information call 1-812-

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537-3992. The next weekend make plans to head for Harrison and the 160th St. John the Baptist Church Festival Friday, June 22, through Sunday, June 24. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday and runs until 11:30 p.m., with events continuing Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday the fun starts at noon and runs until 9 p.m. On the slate for the 160th: ■Famous ■ Chicken Dinner on Sunday only. Serving begins at 11:30 a.m. Until 6 p.m. or the chicken is gone. Dine in or Carry-out $9 Adults (advance sale tickets $8) and $4 for children 12 & under. ■Brats, ■ Metts, BBQ, Fish, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Pizza, funnel cakes and more! ■Super ■ Raffle $22,700 in prizes $10,000 grand prize … only 600 tickets sold ■Major ■ Raffle Items: Grand raffle - $5,000 in cash; DELUXE GRILL donated by KROGER with $300 certificate from Langen’s Meats ; iPad and FLAT SCREEN TV ■Tuition ■ Raffle Tuition Paid at St. John’s School - Max Tuition Value $2,700 or

cash option $2,000 ■HANDMADE ■ QUILTS ■Other ■ Booths: Jaguar Jungle (Kids Games), Bid and Buy (Silent Auction), Ham Raffle, Fast Buck, Big Six, Money Wheel, Jumbo Poker, Texas Hold’em, Blackjack, Ducky Downs, Instant Tickets, Split the Pot, Beer Garden, Live Entertainment. For more information call 513-3679086. In July head to St. John’s in Dover, for its festival and chicken dinner Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15. Saturday’s festivities run from 6:30 p.m. to midnight include food, games, raffles and music by the Too Hot Tacos. Sunday enjoy the famous chicken dinner in the air conditioned church hall. The chicken will be served 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until the chicken runs out. Other activites include the country store, entertainment for all ages and a kids area. For more information call 1-812-5764302 or go to www.stjohndover.org See CHURCH, Page 19

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and mini-golf last year!,” she said, “but it has also made the river cleaner than it has been in generations.” Free minigolf rounds totaled well over 245, since that was how many tires customers removed from the river just during the 2011 season. “It’s not that the river had been littered, but last year’s spring flooding exposed a lot of old stuff. Stuff that was buried for decades surfaced,” said Lutz. “The river is now cleaner than when my grandparents were children”. The location of Green Acres has been used for river recreation since the 1920’s when her family operated Long Island Beach, in addition to the farming. As Long Island Beach, it was an extremely popular recreation destination for folks from Dearborn County as well as Harrison, Cleves and Cincinnati until into the 1950’s. While recreation did not completely cease, business petered off to the occasional group. By the 1980s, river recreation had trickled to a stop with the construction of the new bridge and the property went back into farming. The Lutz’s helped revive the area in the late 1990s with a golf driving range and mini-golf course, but their golfing business began to slow. A downturn in the economy was pinching duffers’ finances, but there was a green lining to the cloudy economy. People wanted to stretch their dollars, so Green Acres added canoe and kayak rentals. Folks discovered the fun offered by Green Acres, and the business blossomed from 20 canoes in 2003 to now more than 500 canoes, kayaks, rafts and tubes. Continuing to offer more family fun, Green Acres is adding primitive camp sites this year. They offer a host of opportunities from a beginner’s three-mile trip to a half-day eight-mile trip. The three-mile canoe or kayak trip is $15 per person, with discounts for groups with more than 12 people. Children ages 12 & under ride free as a 3rd paddler in a canoe. All rentals include lifejackets, a river map and a reusable garbage bag. “We realize that many families are struggling in today’s economy and want to make certain that everyone can afford a river trip. We also offer a very affordable tubing & mini-golf package that is cheaper than a meal at a fast food restaurant”, said Lutz. Green Acres also prides themselves in the fact that they clean their equipment after each use. “This adds a lot of labor for us, but who wants to wear a dirty lifejacket?”, said Lutz. For more information about Green Acres’ offerings and rates, check their website at www.greenacrescanoe.com, find them on Facebook, or call 1-513-353-4770. They use Facebook and Twitter to post river conditions, noting water levels and conditions of the Whitewater River, and whether or not there are any restrictions.

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Fall Fest: New place, same fun

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Grand music at Navy Bean

Erika Schmidt Russell Editor community@registerpublications.com

Chandra L. Mattingly Register Publications Staff Reporter aurora@registerpublications.com

Due to projected construction of the Lawrenceburg Event Center at Walnut and High Streets, Fall Fest is heading up Walnut Street. The main stage will be beside the Lawrenceburg Community Center at Todd-Creech Park, and the beer garden will be there as well, said Marie Edwards, event chairwoman. See FALL, Page 30

Mark Farner, former member of Grand Funk Railroad, will provide the entertainment Saturday, Oct. 13, at Rising Sun’s Navy Bean Festival. Farner wrote and/or sang GFR’s most famous hard rock songs and is known for his foot-stomping performances. He will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The festival begins Friday. Oct. 12, with Murray Brothers Shows providing the midway. Its famous homemade bean soup and cornbread will be served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and after Saturday’s parade until it runs out, said Stephanie Scott, festival media chair. See BEAN, Page 30

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all Fest in downtown Lawrenceburg will be at new location for 2012, but it will still haved all the fun and music Thursday, Sept. 27, through Saturday, Sept. 29.

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Celebrate Moores Hill Heritage

Chandra L. Mattingly Register Publications Staff Reporter aurora@registerpublications.com

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ea, anyone? The Moores Hill Heritage Festival is back this year, as are the tea parties offered for youngsters and their parents, said Loretta Day, president of the Moores Hill Heritage Festival Committee coordinating the event.

The Teddy Bear Tea Party will be for youngsters 6 and under, accompanied by an adult; and the Victorian Tea Party for youngsters 7 and up. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Carnegie Hall, site of the festival, at 812-744-4015. Folks attending the festival can challenge themselves to complete a 51-foot inflatable obstacle course, similar to one provided last year. Or they can watch a blacksmith demonstrate his metalSee HERITAGE, Page 20

Other Highlights... September

✯ Tri-State Antique Market: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 2, at Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, U.S. 50. Admission $3.1-513-738-7256. ✯ Rally For America: Rally For America: A Community Memorial and Celebration on the front lawn of the Aurora Public Library, held in early September. The Rally for America is our local recognition of Patriot Day as a day set aside to remember the losses of September 11, 2001. It is also an opportunity to appreciate those among us who put themselves at risk each day to protect and serve us. 926-0646. ✯*Lost Love Letters: Enjoy a theatrical presentation of actual correspondence from Hillforest’s archives between Alexina Gaff Mitchell and her husband, Robert Charlton Mitchell, during the civil war era starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Hillforest Victorian House Museum, Aurora. Cost: $20. Reservations are required and may be placed by calling 926-0087 or online at www.hillforest.org. ✯ Arts & Crafts in the Park: Annual arts and crafts extravaganza held in September in Newtown Park, U.S. 50 and Main Street, Lawrenceburg. 926-3750.

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We’d love for you to visit our beautiful city. There is so much to do! Check us out!

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Famous Navy Bean Soup

RIDES • PARADE • FOOD • GAMES • VENDORS

FREE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

FRIDAY

Local Musicians TBA

After Midnight • 8p For information visit navybeanfestival.org Sponsored by the City of Rising Sun

SATURDAY

Jamon Zeiler • RR2 • Mike Davis Former Colts Punter Hunter Smith & Band

Mark Farner • 8:30p Formerly Of Grand Funk Railroad

FOOD • RIDES • GAMES • MUSIC • & MORE!

Bright

Community Festival At Bright Firehouse #1, Salt Fork Road

July 27 • 28 Friday 6-11pm • Saturday 4 -11pm

BRIGHT PARADE • 3:00PM SATURDAY! RAFFLES

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

VACATION TRIP FOR TWO AND $1000.00 CASH JUMBO SPLIT THE POT

FRIDAY NIGHT

Raffles awarded Sunday at 1:00 pm

Black Bone Cats GenX

ACTIVITIES

SATURDAY NIGHT

Booths & Games • Rides (2 NEW!) Bungee Jump • Adult Gaming Area Huge Bier Garden • Dunking Booth 2nd Annual Mayor of Bright Contest FAMILY FUN FOR EVERYONE!

FOOD

CONTACT

812-637-3473 BRIGHTFEST12@AOL.COM

The Stray Mafia After Midnight

ALL WEEKEND Denny’s Grill • LaRosa’s • Funnel Cakes Soft Serve Ice Cream SATURDAY SPECIAL Chicken Dinner

Lawrenceburg Community Center More than just a fitness center… Programs for all ages all year! Fully Equipped Fitness Center Full Size Gym & Basketball Court State-of-the-art Computer Lab Game / Arcade Room Dancing Facilities & More!

Martial Arts

Group Fitness

Oil Painting • Guitar & Drumming • Computer Classes Photography • Dance Aerobics • Toddler Fitness After-school Program and More! Lawrenceburg Community Center • 423 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg, IN 812.532.3535 | www.lawrenceburgcommunitycenter.com

Then St. Leon battled back to play a full six games loaded to end the seventh. on in theGUIDE: PG. 19 ADVENTURE in four days – including a Troy Wagner came ninth to earn the save. brutal, almost incredible St. Leon played two infinal stretch of four games nings of its first game SatFrom Page 10 between 9 p.m. Saturday and urday, against Rockport, p.m. Sunday. St. Martin Church in Yorkville has plenty of fun to 8offer before the thunderstorm hit. 2012 Naturally, Sunday's 1 p.m. Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29. Mass is at 4 p.m. SatMatt McLaughlin started on urday, and then the fun starts with a pulled pork dinnerfirst andfinal round game went the mound, but Wagner en10 innings, with St. Leon games. Also on tap is live music, a beer garden, raffles, quilts winning 8-7 over Newburgh, tered in the fifth to get the and more. to force a second final. Ex- victory. Van Winkle closed Sunday don’t forget to wake up early for the 5k Countryhausted Run and drained of its it out for the save. Wagner's and Mass at 10:30 a.m. pitching depth in the end, suicide squeeze bunt in the Then it’s time for music, food and more. St. Martin alsoSt.hasLeon succumbed, 7-5, seventh gave Post 464 the a Super Raffle of $10,000. Ticket are $25. in the second championship lead for keeps at 5-4 in the round For information on the run call 1-812-487-2665. For all contest to Newburgh game that ended after midnight. Post 44. other information call 1-812-576-4302. Going right Mayback 16thout “We just ran out of gasWednesday, in at 12:45 a.m. Sunday, St. St. Teresa Benedicta Catholic Church in Bright, the newest that second game,” as7:00 saidOPENING CEREMONY Leon got a masterful eight TIM HILLMAN/JOURNAL-PRESS Catholic church in the county, wraps up the summer festival sistant coach Mike Wieser. Prince & Princess • Outstanding Citizen Award y’s ninth annual Knight Flight 5K Run in downtown Au“We made some costly er- innings from winner Galle, season in mid-September. King & Queen • Senior Kingin&theQueen who gave up two runs mansion, where the 3.1-mile SIRC-it series event finished. rors Featuring a fish Racing fry fromCircuit 5 p.m.five-race to 8 p.m.series Friday, Sept. 14,that changed the mont. Southeastern Indiana Police man-EMT-Fireman Awards They went up by SEE LEGION PAGE 7 and a homestyle dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, mentum. Sept. K. 8:00 CONTESTS

CHURCH,

"As Time Goes On"

May 16, 17, 18 & 19, 2012

15, both in the air conditioned parish hall, St. Teresa has plenty to offer. The fun runs until 11 p.m. both nights, and also features live music, a super split-the-pot, raffles, beer garden and more. For more information call 1-812-656-8700 or www.stteresab.org.

31st St. Martin's 5K

Twinkie Eating • Scavenger Hunt • Apple Peeling Corn Shelling • Crosscut Saw

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OPENING CEREMONY Baby Contest (Registration 5:30-6:45) Music: “Skallywags”

Friday, May 18th OPENING CEREMONY Frog Jumping Contest & Best Dressed Music: Midnight Special

Saturday, May 19th 8:00 5K Run & Walk 11:00 Homecoming Parade 12:00 Classic Car Show (US Bank Lot) Call 812-432-3631 for Registration 12:15 Zippo the Clown 12:45 Parade Winners 1:00 South Dearborn Jr. & Sr. Bands & Show Choirs 6:00 Opening Ceremony Music: Linda Lee • The Basher Bogue Project Michael Ray • Special Guest Jeff Bates Town of Dillsboro FOR INFORMATION CALL:

Brett Hamilton - 812-577-7367 NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCIDENTS NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE BRING YOUR OWN LAWN CHAIRS JIM BUCHBERGER/JOURNAL-PRESS PHOTOS

Brookville’s Alan Apsley, 18, strides to the finish line for his second-straight St. Martin’s Country Run 5K victory Sunday at Yorkville.

ADVENTURE GUIDE PG. 20

IN THE AIR

Flying leap

A tandem skydive jump is a fantastic introduction to the unique sport of skydiving. Tandems offer prospective students the opportunity to experience the freedom and exhilaration of skydiving, without spending a lot of time in the classroom. The tandem skydiving training process takes only about an hour. Tandems are available in two formats: simply as a thrilling once-in-a-lifetime experience or as the beginning of your free fall student training progression. Students choosing the latter option shift from tandem jumps to Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) training after two or three tandems. Your Tandem Instructor is a highly experienced skydiver who wears an oversized parachute, built to safely carry two people up to a combined weight of 500 lbs. Your Tandem Skydive Student equipment includes a special purpose harness that attaches at four points to the front of the Tandem Skydiving Instructor. The skydive itself begins with a team exit from 10,500 to 13,500 feet MSL, followed by a 50 second free fall. After about a four minute canopy ride, you arrive smoothly in the landing area. Tandem skydives at Start Skydiving are ideal for those who long to experience human flight, but would rather not make a solo jump for their first skydive experience. Tandems also open up the world of skydiving to adventurers who are physically or otherwise unable to make a solo jump. Countless tandems have been made by people with physical challenges, such as wheelchair-bound persons, the elderly, and others. Start Skydiving has developed special equipment and has a trained Staff to provide these students with an incredible skydiving experience. Because this is such an incredible experience and your mind goes into adrenaline overload we encourage every first time jumper to purchase our professional video and stills package. This is something that you can share with others and relive your experience over and over. Reminder: Start Skydiving will not allow individuals who

HERITAGE,

From Page 14 shaping skills, or go inside Carnegie for all-day entertainment of one sort or another. Games will be provided for kids, and characters dressed in historical garb will wander the event. There will be giveaways, and other plans are still in the works. “There’s something for everybody from 2 to 92,” said Day. Food of all sorts will be available, and local craft and miscellaneous vendors will offer items for sale. Carnegie Hall’s museum will be open for tours, and folks are encouraged to bring Moores Hill memorabilia to display, including family histories. For more information, or to reserve a space for a vendor booth, folks may call Guinevere Emery at the town hall, 812-744-6213. Other festival committee members: Linda Ickenroth and Karla Raab.

Start Skydiving Head to Hook Field in Middletown, Ohio, get directions at

startskydiving.com

show signs of prior alcohol consumption to skydive regardless of the amount consumed. If we notice this while in the aircraft your purchase will not be refunded. 1-877-GOJUMP2 or 1-513-422-JUMP or startskydiving.com

ADVENTURE GUIDE: PG. 21

Thursdays June 7 - Sept 6, 2012 7 - 9 PM

June

7 Hot Wax

Music of the 50’s and 60’s

14 Paul Eve

August

2 Splittin Image

Elvis & Johnny Cash Tribute Artist

Identical Twins, Musical/Comedy Duo

21 Parrots of the Caribbean

9 Jay Jessie Johnson Band

Music of Jimmy Buffet

28 Indianapolis Jazz Band

Big Band Sounds & Patriotic Program

July

Outstanding Guitarist/Blues Based Rock

16 After Midnight

Music from the 70’s with a Party Attitude

23 The Newbees

Beatles Tribute Band Complete with a String Section

5 Cook and Belle

Variety of Music from Country to Pop

12 Channel Kats

30 Ridge Runner

Perennial Local Favorite/Variety of Rock, Blues

19 Robin Lacy and Zydeco

New Orleans R&B, Louisanna Rock & Roll, Blues & Zydeco

Energetic Country

September

26 Pure Grain

Southern Soul, Funky Country, Old School Blue Collar Rock

6 Blue Stone Ivory

Premiere Horn Band with Favorites from the 60’s & 70’s

Master of Ceremonies Jim Helms Bring your own lawn chair

Sponsored By:

Cruise-in every Thursday

Call 812-537-4507 for information Call Lawrenceburg Main Street 812-537-4507 for information or visit www.LawrenceburgMainSt.com

ADVENTURE GUIDE PG. 22

HIT THE BOOKS

Having fun isn’t hard - with a library (card) Chandra L. Mattingly Register Publications Staff Reporter aurora@registerpublications.com Erika Schmidt Russell Register Publications Editor community@registerpublications.com

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urora Public Library District has plenty of bookrelated adventures planned for the young and older this summer and fall, said APLD Director Mary Alice Horton.

In May, author Mike Mullin will visit the library and talk to patrons at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24. The next day, classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will perform, also at 7 p.m. And at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, the Dream Big summer reading program will kick off at the Aurora Public Library with magician Daniel Lusk. Lusk also will kick off the program at the Dillsboro Public Library at 2 p.m. June 2. Teen programs at the Aurora Public Library will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and run Thursday, June 7, through Thursday, July 26. Also beginning in June will be book sale days at Dillsboro Public Library from Saturday, June 9, through Saturday, June 16. And the library will partner with Main Street Aurora for the Aurora Community Picnic at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at the Aurora City Park. Madcap Puppets will perform “When you Wish Upon a Fish” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, and Dome Theater programs will come to Aurora Public Library from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, with patrons

Black, White and READ,

the countywide literacy awareness campaign has several upcoming activities:

■Saturday, ■ June 16: Dolly Parton Look Alike Contest at the Lawrenceburg Speedway; ■June ■ and July: Dearborn County youth read Black Beauty; ■September: ■ Dearborn County reads together The Great Gatsby; and ■Saturday, ■ Oct. 13: Black, White and Read Gala. invited to “come and dream big.” Meanwhile, Talk About Aurora History will be at 6 p.m. at the Depot Tuesday, June 26, and on the fourth Tuesday monthly through October. Another monthly activity, Between the Lines Book Discussions, is at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday at Aurora Public Library and on the fourth Friday at Dillsboro Public Library monthly through October. Finally, Theatre IV will present Sleeping Beauty at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Aurora Lions Club Building, Second and Main streets. For more go to www.eapld.org. Lawrenceburg will roll out it’s summer reading programs in June. Dream Big: Read (kids)/Own the Night (teens): is this year’s summer theme at Lawrenceburg Public Library and North Dearborn Branch Library for kids and teens. Our Summer Reading Program advocates children to read, develop positive attitudes about books and maintain their reading skills, said LPLD Director Sally Stegner. It gives teens and adults the opportunity to read for pleasure, develop reading habits and become

lifelong library users. The program offers a fun approach to reading for all ages. Visit the library for a summer filled with story times, reading clubs, special performances, activities, crafts and more. at 537-2775 or the North Dearborn Branch Library at 637-0777. Teens can enjoy Do ghosts own the night? a presentation from local ghost hunters at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7, in the Lawrenceburg Library Depot. Dream it, Do it! family fun days will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Lawrenceburg branch and Friday at the North Dearborn branch throughout June and July. Dream it, Do it! is aimed at kids 3 to 6 years old. All of the summer fun winds up with a special campfire for all ages from toddler to teen at 6 p.m. Friday, July 20, at the Lawrenceburg branch. For more go to www.lpld.lib.in.us.

OR ... The Aurora and Lawrenceburg libraries’ newsletters can be accessed not only through their websites but also are at thedcregister.com

ADVENTURE GUIDE: PG. 23

YOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS AT THE LIBRARY!

We have something for everyone! Pre-Readers • Youth Teen • Adult

2012 Summer Reading Program June 2 - July 26

414 Second Street • Aurora, IN 812-926-0646 • www.EAPLD.org

ADVENTURE GUIDE PG. 24

NEWS

Shine your prized vehicle www.ohiocountynews.com not by model,” said Eads. The classes

Thursday, Vonheder. The club will award 75 July include six for cars and four each trophies, plus a few special trophies. for trucks and motorcycles. Judging Some are sponsored in memory of an starts at 10 a.m., with early arrivals individual or individuals. judged first. Trophies are awarded at “Then there’s the Mayor’s Trophy, undreds of mostly older the Fireman’s Trophy and Policecars and other vehicles will 4:30 p.m. A minimum of 150 trophies will be man’s Trophy, and Best of Show, roll into Southeast Indiana afternoon,are authorities Kentucky man diedawarded, Saturday, July in number news crews took up camp of The Ind. trophies with9,the of trophies too,” on hetop said. based on th within one A week’s time. crash site, said state poli helicopter crash car in a heavily-wooded area Miller system, Brick theincluding dependent on the number56 of (commonly entries in known on aas point how That’s because atwo renown Hill) near the intersection with Dutch owned, (make unknown,) he near the intersection of Ind. 56 and Ind. shows are less than a week apart: the a class. The bigger the class, the more clean a car is, what condition the Ridge. the one occupant. 156 in Ohio County. body is in, etc. There are no classes Shiner Pride Car Show Sunday, July trophies, said Eads. The search was initiated after Authorities have determin A. Joseph Ohnheiser, Sadieville, Additional trophies are awarded such. Northern left Georgetown, Ky., Saturd 1, in Rising Sun, and the River City Ky., was pronounced dead at the GreaterasCincinnati Best International During the show, ISP. theAn sponsor will residen Classic Car Show the Saturday, 7, for Best of Show, Best Engine, Kentucky scene by July Ohio CounAirport Ohio County every hour, and they he in Aurora. herhalf husband thought ty Coroner Gary EldridgePaint and Best Interior. reported give losingaway radar $25 contact folksaircraft also can participate a split the with a small at about like a in crash at approximately once the wreckage Registration for either show is $20was The first 250 entrants will receive An autopsy performed on 9:30 a.m.pot, Saturday, said police. said from Indiana8State dash plaques. The show usually he said. day of the show, located, and runs morning, Police.said. Prereg- draws between 350 and 400 vehicles. The UnitedThe Statesfirst Air 100 Forceto day register willJuly get 10 at a.m. to noon, sponsors local Civil Air PaHospital, did not reveal any The crash was so re-Concession stands and 50s, 60sdispatched and goody bags and dash plaques, and, istration can save folks heading to trol to do a search. medical event that might ha motely located that re70s music will be provided to enterif they pre-register, a free T-shirt, he the Aurora show $5, said River sponders had toCity use off At about 3:20 p.m. Satur- the crash and was deemed Noelthe House, Indiana State Police tain crowd, said Eads. said.located Awards will be Classic Car Club Vice President Gerbluntannounced force trauma,atsaid poli road vehicles to get to day, the CAP the area 3:30 For more information, go the Na ald Vonheder. Investigators from of the wreckage, call and about 4:39p.m. p.m. Saturday the area off of Miller BrickFor Lane.additional Meanwhile information, to the website: rivercityclassicsauroIn Rising Sun, the show is spon- him at 513-284-4939. In Aurora the next weekend, about rain.com. sored by the city but run by the ShinMeanwhile, the car club has begun ers Band Boosters, said band director 250 to 260 vehicles are expected, said its summer cruiseRon Eads. Folks ins which are 6 can pre-register p.m. to 9 p.m. at shinerpridecarthe first Thursday show.com. of every month “There are through Septemclasses for cars, Tim Hillman Recorder-News Editor ber, on the north trucks and bikes, risingsun@registerpublications.com end of Bridgeway and they are Rising Sun has put a lot Street in Aurora. classed by years,

Ky. man dies in chop H Chandra L. Mattingly Register Publications Staff Reporter aurora@registerpublications.com

HARRISON MAN HAS BEST OF SHOW

TIM HILLMAN

Gary Copeland, owner of Valley Supply, left, presented the Best of Show trophy to Vic Mortashed of Harrison. His 1955 Ford Grand Victoria was a pick of many of those attending the Shiner Pride Car Show on Sunday, July 10.

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time and money into maki sure the sale of Grand Vi toria Casino was complet with the city's interests a dressed. There has been conside able time put into promoti Rising Sun as a retireme community. However, both issu have raised concern by va ous individuals. Mary Turner, local rea tor and tourism board mem ber, made a request for legal and consulting at t council meeting July 7. S received a copy last mon of all the grants and agre ments with the Rising S Regional Foundation. H initial request of attorn and consulting fees invol ing the sale of the riverbo casino (made earlier th year) found that $95,218. had been spent out of ri

ADVENTURE GUIDE: PG. 25

AT THE TRACK

Green flag for season will see more improvements Jim Buchberger SportsEditor sports@registerpublications.com

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tarting its fourth season since a major facelift in 2008, Lawrenceburg Speedway now is widely recognized as one of the premier 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval racing facilities in the Midwest, if not the nation. Upgraded from the former quarter-mile dirt configuration that dated back to 1950, the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds track also improved fan and service facilities and upgraded amenities to create a clean, modern environment for everyone involved. Progress continues to be made at the Speedway, under the direction of two-time national promoter

of the year award winner Dave Rudisell and RPM Productions. Racing season opened in April as the USAC National Sprint Series also opens its 2012 campaign at Lawrenceburg Speedway. Budweiser UMP Modifieds and Impact Sports Pure Stocks also are on the opening night card. A new class of cars, Hornets, makes its Speedway debut Saturday, April 21, for a full season of racing. Geared toward the workingman racer, this division of front-wheel drive starter-level machines will be sponsored by Aurora’s Zimmer Tractor. World of Outlaws winged sprint car circuit returns to Lawrenceburg for the first time in three years for what promises to be a Memorial Day weekend extravaganza Monday, May 28.

SHINER PRIDE CAR SHOW Classics Customs Music Food Prizes

Sunday, July 1

Registration 8am - Noon • Trophies awarded 4:30pm

Classes for Cars, Trucks & Bikes 150 Trophies/Dash Plaques to the first 250

Shinerpridecarshow.com

Rising Sun, Indiana

All proceeds benefit the Rising Sun Band • Sponsored by the City of Rising Sun For information call Ron Eads at 513-284-4939 • 812-438-2626 ext. 1507

ADVENTURE GUIDE PG. 26

Aurora Farmers Fair Salutes

100 Trailblazing Years of Girl Scouting

104th Aurora Farmers Fair October 3, 4, 5, 6, 2012 Rides • Games • Food • Booths • Parade • Exhibit Hall King & Queen Crowning • Wednesday, October 3 • 9:30p The Van Dells • Friday, October 5 • 8:00p Parade • Friday, October 5 • 9:30a Ty Brown (The Bachelorette) • Saturday, October 6 • 3:00p Her & King’s Country • Saturday, October 6 • 7:00p Bush Hawgs • Saturday, October 6 • 8:00p

www.aurorafarmersfair.org

AT THE NEIGHBOR’S

ADVENTURE GUIDE: PG. 27

In Ripley County May

■■10-13 Batesville Kiwanis Annual Carnival: Fun for the whole family with rides, games and tasty treats in on the Batesville Village Green starting at 5pm. No adm. chg. Jim Hortemiller (812) 934-5267. OR Dennis Harmeyer, (812) 934-3616. ■■12-13 Vogt Farm Hanging Basket Festival: Enjoy Mother’s Day at Vogt’s Hanging Basket Festival. Free potted flower to all Moms, carriage rides, activities for the kids, South of Batesville on SR129. 11–7pm. No adm. chg. Jerry Vogt (812) 934-4627, www.thevogtfarm.info/HangingBasketFestival.html. ■■18-20 Great U.S. 50 Annual Yard Sale: Treasures and bargains galore along U.S. 50. Hour vary at booths in Holton and Versailles. www.route50.com/yardsale ■■19 Art…Etc. Auction: “A Bit of Magic” is the theme for this popular fund-raising event. This lively evening of dining and entertainment includes a strolling magician, photobox, and both live and silent auctions featuring a wealth of artwork, services, and unique items. 6-10:30pm. All proceeds benefit Rural Alliance for the Arts programming. Advance tickets $50; at the door $60. Judy Meyer (812) 934-2927, www.ruralalliancearts.com. ■■26 After Hours Concert: Troubadours of Divine Bliss: All ages are welcome for this evening of acoustic music at the Batesville Memorial Public Library. 7– 9pm. Call the BMPL (812) 934-4706, www.ebatesville.com/library.

June

■■1- Jul 31 Batesville Community Art Show: In conjunction with the Batesville Music & Arts Festival, the Rural Alliance for the Arts sponsors a Community Art Show throughout Batesville businesses. Displays are Fine Art, Photography, and Applied Art Categories. Hours vary. Arts may contact Event Chairperson: Regina Siefert (812) 934-5213, www.batesvillein.com/ info.asp. ■■2 8th Annual Outdoor Women At Big Oaks: A one day event for women ages 14 and up. Over 20 classes, including archery, wild game cooking, hunting, wilderness survival, and more. 7:30 am – 4:30 pm. Adv. Reg. required. Sponsored by Big Oaks Conservation Society and Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge. Big Oaks information (812) 273-0783 or contact mrs.swinney@ gmail.com, www.bigoaks.org. ■■8-9 Sunman Fireman’s Festival: Games, food, fun, live bands both evenings. Softball tournament, kids rides and inflatables, parade Saturday. 11am – 10:30 pm. Contact Warren Bruns (812)

Lots of food, fun and entertainment for the entire family! 5:30p - Midnight Father Pete’s Spaghetti Dinner - 5:30p Dazzy Vance - 8p

4:00p - Midnight German Dinner - 4p Texas Holdem Tournament - 4p Ridge Runner - 8p

11:00a - 6:00p Chicken Dinner - 11a Half price Chicken Dinner for father with accompanying child

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209-9290. ■■9-17 NMLRA National Spring Shoot: Muzzle loading rifle competition, living history events and encampment, and rifle museum in Friendship. Hours vary. Adm. chg. Contact NMLRA (812) 6675131, www.nmlra.org. ■■9-17 Friendship Flea Markets : Almost 500 vendor spaces selling a wide variety of new, used, antiques and collectibles and lots of specialty foods. Hours vary. Flea markets and campgrounds: Friendship (859) 341-9188, www.friendshipfleamarket.com or Old Mill (812) 667-5645. ■■16 Morris Fireman’s Festival: Chicken or Roast Beef dinners, 5K run, games and refreshments for all at St. Anthony’s Hall, in Morris from 8 am – 11 pm Contact Morris Firehouse, (812) 934-5414. ■■20-22 Batesville Music and Arts Festival: The Cincinnati Regional Pops Orchestra performs on Wednesday at 8pm; Thursday TBA; Friday, WRBI presents the Colgate Country Showdown at 7:30 pm. All in Batesville’s Liberty Park, Food available at 6:30 pm. Contact Beth West, (812)

933-6100 or WRBI, (812) 934-5111, www. batesvillein.com/info.asp. ■■22-24 F.A.R.M. Club Antique Machinery Show: All Indiana Made Equipment featured! Tractors , Implements , and Lawn & Garden Equipment. Steam Engines, Threshing, Hay Press, Sawmill Working Blacksmith, Corn Shredding, Tractor Games, Bingo, Homemakers Quilt Show. Grandstand events: Friday Lawn Mower Demo Derby; Saturday Tractor and Diesel Truck Pull; Sunday Antique Tractor Pull (Event adm. chg.). Something for everyone. Ripley County Fairgrounds in Osgood, Prk. $2, No adm. chg for general show. Contact Chuck Heck (812) 9263654 www.farmclubonline.com. ■■22-30 “On Our Way” ■■The Rural Alliance for the Arts Community Theater special 10th anniversary presentations of the locally written and produced musical “On Our Way.” Shows on June 22, 23, 29, 30. 7 pm. Batesville High School Auditorium. Adm. chg. For auditions, information or tickets call Rural Alliance for the Arts (812) 933-0355, www.

ruralalliancearts.com. ■■23 Versailles Courthouse Days: Ripley County Chamber 5K walk/run registration 7:15 am. Contact: Ripley County Chamber (812) 689-6654, www.ripleycountychamber.org.; Lions Club Chicken BBQ 11 am - 4 pm Contact Wayne Asche (812) 689-4538 ; 13th Annual American Legion Post 173 Car Show Registration 8-11 am , show 8-4 pm. Contact Raymond Ruble (812) 663-4102. ■■29 Ripley County Chamber Night Out/ Fireworks: Craft, food booths, live music, and ending with fireworks, Ripley County Fairgrounds in Osgood, 4–10 pm. No adm. chg. Ripley County Chamber of Commerce (812) 689-6654. www.ripleycountychamber.org ■■Jun 30-Jul 1 Vogt’s Annual Blueberry Festival: Blueberry treats, live music, horse-drawn trolley rides, crafts, petting zoo, pony rides, paddleboat rides, south of Batesville on SR129. 10–7 pm. No adm. chg. Jerry Vogt (812) 934-4627, www.thevogtfarm.info/BlueberryFestival.html.

St. Teresa Benedicta Festival 23670 Salt Fork Road, Bright, Indiana

Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15, 2012 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. IVAL CARN ! RIDES

SUPER SPLIT-THE-POT Kids Games • Cards • Pull Tabs • Basket Raffle Beer Garden with live music and much MORE!

FRIDAY Fish Fry 5 to 8 Live Music from 8-11

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SATURDAY Homestyle Dinner 5 to 8 Live Music from 8-11

Dinners in the new air conditioned Parish Center! Call: 812 656-8700 for Directions or Raffle Info www.stteresab.org

July

■■4 Milan 4th of July Celebration: Bring a float and join the Lions Club 4th of July Parade at 11 am on Main St. Lots of other events at the park after the parade, ending with fireworks. No adm. chg. Contact Melissa Baker (812) 654-1873. ■■7 Friendship Village Festival: Antique tractor parade, food vendors, pie baking contest, and bake sale sponsored by the Friendship Village Association. 10 –5 pm. All Things Friendship (812) 667-2573. ■■7 Versailles State Park Fireworks Celebration: Fireworks over Versailles Lake starts at 10 pm. Free entry into the park from 7– 10 pm. Contact Versailles State Park (812) 689-6424, www. in.gov/dnr/parklake/2963.htm ■■7-8 NMLRA - Youth Shoot: Youth and families invited. Firearms safety and shooting. Tomahawk throwing, bow and target shooting, and more. Pre-reg. required. Contact: Scott Mings, (317) 8364-0120 or nmlrayouth@seidata.com, www.nmlra.org. ■■13-14 Batesville SummerFest/Fireman’s Festival: The City of Batesville and the Batesville Chamber of Commerce invite you to come out and enjoy evenings of live music, entertainment, food and kids’ activities. Friday: Jammin’ In July Music Fest and the Batesville Firemen’s Fish Fry; Saturday: Farmers Market downtown 8-12 am; parade at 1 pm to Liberty Park; dance to the music of Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors 8-11 pm., sponsored by the Batesville Memorial Public Library. No adm. chg. Contact Melissa Tucker (812) 934-3101 or Beth West (812) 933-6100, www.batesvillein.com/info.asp. ■■13-14 Annual Hoosier Open Horse Show: Tri-State Saddle Club Show, Ripley County Fairgrounds in Osgood. Concessions on site. Show open to all breeds, starts 9 am. No adm. chg., Reg. chg. Christi Volz (812) 689-7130, gaitedrockies@yahoo. com, www.volzsmountainhorses.webs.com/hoosieropenshow. htm ■■20-21 152nd Napoleon Firemen’s Festival: Fried chicken and beer garden Friday 5 pm – midnight; Saturday games, mock turtle soup and pork burgers; Texas Hold’em Tournament both days. Contact Bill Vankirk (812) 662-4440. ■■21 Xterra Dino Triathlon XTERRA DINO Triathlon (swim, mountain bike, trail run), Versailles State Park. 7 am. Reg. chg. Brian Holzhausen (317) 336-7553. www.dinoseries.com ■■22 Kenda Dino Mountain Bike Series: Kenda DINO Mountain Bike Series, Versailles State Park. Mountain bike races for all ages and abilities. 8 am. Reg. chg. Brian Holzhausen (317) 3367553. www.dinoseries.com ■■22-28 Ripley County 4-H Fair: Farm animals, 4-H exhibits,

rides, commercial vendors and grandstand events. Contact Shanna Joseph, (812) 689-6535 or ripleycopark@ comcast.net, www.ripleycounty.com/parks/4hfair.html. ■27-28 ■ “Snow White”: The Rural Alliance for the Arts and Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre present “Snow White.” For youth ages 8-18. After one week of theatrical training, performances are on Friday at 7-8:30 pm and Saturday at 2-3:30 pm in the Batesville HS Auditorium. Event Chairperson Connie Brunner (765) 647-3508, www.ruralalliancearts. com.

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Music for this year will feature a blues night on Thursday, with acts still being arranged. Friday night’s musical slate, is set, so get ready to rock with Bachmann Turner and Joan Jett. Rides, food and games also will be there Thursday through Saturday as well, with the rides starting at Todd Lane and St. Lawrence Church and heading down Walnut Street to about Center Street. Saturday will feature an extra helping of fun and food, said Edwards Returning on Saturday will be the barbecue cook-off, chili cook-off, American Federation of Riders poker run and bike show, as well as the return of the car show, coordinated by River City Classics. The car show will be on Walnut Street from Center to High Street, but may take up part of High Street as well, depending on turn out, said Edwards. Saturday’s events also will feature the pie eating contest at the second stage in front of the Lawrenceburg Police Department, and the second stage also will host local music acts and school groups. Musically, the local group Skallywags will take the main stage early Saturday evening, prior to Blackberry Smoke, Casey James and headliner Clint Black. The King and Queen also will be crowned on Saturday, and the whole night will wind down with fireworks. Start planning now to head for Lawrenceburg Sept. 27-29.

Friday night’s entertainment will be classic rock performed by After Midnight from the Dayton area. A jazz band also will perform, she said. The parade itself begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with a new route this year, to avoid closing state highways, she said. Starting from Rising Sun High School, the parade will turn onto South High Street, pass the Rising Sun Fire Department, go down Plum Street, turn right past the elementary-middle school, and return to the high school. “Everything stays above Walnut Street this year. … It was closing all of the outgoing and incoming streets,” said Scott. Opening Saturday evening will be the Hunter Smith Band, formed by the former punter for the Colts. They’ll play from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. “He’s really good. He does his own music ��� country, rock, gospel,” said Scott, noting his songs have meaning and a story. “Once you sit and listen to him, he’s very entertaining.” Folks from everywhere are invited to attend. “People enjoy coming down and spending the day on the riverbank in Ohio County,” she said.

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August 17 Chuck Brisbin and the Tuna Project

June 15 Stevie and the Johns

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