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Happy 4th of July!

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It seems the phrase “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” has been replaced with a bit more modern “I want it all and I want it right now!” I’ve even been guilty of making the statement. Guilty of impatience and greed? Yes, I’m afraid so, at times. Our kids are growing up in a world that seems to promote this cultural motto interpretting “freedom” is expressed by doing whatever we want and whenever we want to do it. . . having anything we want and however we can get it. After all, it’s a “Free” country. Right? But in the world of reality, I wonder if perhaps these beliefs aren’t ultimately leading to painful consequences? The Bible tells us Jesus came to set us “free” from a life full of regretful choices. He delivers us from sin’s power, so we’re “free” to follow Him and live healthy, godly lives. When people are inundated with cultural messages encouraging independence, they tend to yearn for the power to do as they please. Paul referenced this freedom in 1 Corinthians 10:23. Everything is permissible’ - but not everything is beneficial. “FREEDOM” should mean we get to choose God’s best for our lives every day. I thank God every day that we have the freedom to choose. Our country was based on religious freedom. Our forefathers have fought and many have lost their lives fighting for our freedom. On this July 4th holiday, let us all remember those who have paid dearly to protect our precious freedom of choice. And with this issue, there must be choices made. There are simply so many fair, festival and concert events, that they overlap on the calendar. It’s going to be physically impossible to attend and enjoy them all. So, I encourage you to study the schedules and previews on each page, click the links to websites, and choose as many good clean family outings as you can - then wave those flags high in celebration of our “freedom.”


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The Music is one of the main draws to a fair or festival. Live entertainment abounds in Indiana this month. The cover’s gazebo is the main musical focal point of the Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration in Hope Indiana. See Page 2 for more events in Hope.

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By Kathy Barnett Managing Editor Photos submitted by the Lincoln Pionner Village

ROCKPORT - A note for movie history buffs: Many of the scenes from the first major motion picture to film in Kentucky, named “The Kentuckian,” were actually created in Indiana. Rockport to be exact. The Kentuckian is a 1955 (Technicolor) (CinemaScope) adventure film directed by Burt Lancaster, who also starred in the movie. It marked the feature film debut of Walter Matthau. The picture is an adaptation of the novel ‘The Gabriel Horn’ by Felix Holt. Instead of choosing Hollywood, Landcaster directed the picture on location on different sites including Cumberland Falls area, the Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park near London, Owensboro and Green River, and the Indiana site, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Village. This was one of only two films Lancaster directed (the other was The Midnight Man), and the only one on which he has sole credit. The whip fight between Lancaster and Matthau was filmed in the cenPage 06

ter yard in front of 14 Lincoln-era replica cabins placed as a memorial to Abraham Lincoln's years spent in Spencer County. A dream of artist George Honig, this tourist attraction was built by the Works Progress Administration in the late 1930s. The Village which is adjacent to the Rockport City Park takes unique advantage of some of the most beautiful wooded area in this region. Placards on the buildings

offer historical notes. The one building, shown above, was actually built for the movie. It is the only building used for inside scenes as the others were actual size of the area and too small for the cameras. Now known as the

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“Museum of early transportation,” this structure depicts an early tobacco warehouse. Several buggies, a hearse, and other horsedrawn vehicles may now be viewed here. One of the major draws to the village is allowing the kids (and adults) to freely explore from one building to the other on their own, according to Charlie Finecy, executive director. Inside, tables are set and beds are made, just as if Abraham or a member of his family might show up at any moment. Finecy is a wealth of information and having grown up in the area, he can easily relate story after story about the unique items displayed in the adjoining museum. Artifacts include memorabilia from the time period Lincoln grew up in Southern Illinois along with an actual log believed to have been split by Abe himself. A beautiful cabinet handcrafted by Abe’s father shows the workmanship of the time period. Souvenires and gifts are availble for sale in the museum. My item of choice was a little white handmade doll Christmas ornament with its story tucked in its hand. Made of soft materials and stuffing, the doll was given to the child to take to church. The soft material did not make any sound or distract from the sermon if dropped. Sometimes a sugar lump or piece of candy hidden in its head as a treat for being quiet. The village is open during summer months from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, weekends only in November and December. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. For more information call or visit online at July, 2012

Make plans now to attend the annual Civil War Era Ball Sept. 22. 812-686-2553. Page 07

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The 92nd Park County Fair is scheduled for July 21-28 with lots of entertaining events daily. To kick off the action, the All-American Little Miss and Mister contest will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. as well as the regular queen pageant and Jonah Fish Fry. Sponsored by the Parke County 4-H Buildings and Grounds committee, an all-youcan-eat fish dinner will be served from 4-8 p.m. at the 4-H Commercial Building. The price for dinner is $8 per person and dessert is included. The queen pageant will be at the Show Pavilion, starting at 7 p.m. Admission this year is $3 for adults and $1 for those under 12. On Monday, the Parke County Young Farmers will present the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League and Local Classes Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. Five classes will be featured with an 80% payount of hook fees. Rules and class information may be found online at w w w . p a r k e The non-sanctioned diesel pickups and antique tractors take center stage for their Page 08

pull competition Tuesday, starting at 6 p.m. Admission for this event is $7. Children, six and under, are free. Presented by Parke County Young Farmers, call 765-230-6039 for more information. The carnival by Wabash Valley Amusements also comes to town Tuesday with all you can ride braclets featured at $20. Be sure to check out the local talent at the Show Pavilion at 7:30 as a talent show will be presented. The parade is always a favorite event, taking place Thursday at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “The Year of the Dairy Cow”. Come watch the fun or plan to participate. Immediately after the

parade, the 4-H Master Showmanship contest will take place. But the fun has just begun to take place. Round up your outhouse and enter the “4-H Fair Outhouse Race.” Proceeds will go to the Parke County Fair Board and the Parke County Food Pantry. The entry fee for teams of 3 (and open to all ages) is $20. If you have never before witnessed an outhouse race, this event is one you won’t want to miss! Homemakers Day will be celebrated on Friday. The contest of the day is a Pineapple Baking contest. All products and a recipe for the item submitted may be entered between 11 a.m. and noon the day of the event. Food safety rules must be followed for all entries. For guidelines or more information, call the extension office at 765-569-3176. Two-wheel and four-wheel drive classes as well as an open class may be entered in the Pickup Tug of War Friday night. Competition begins at 7 p.m. The Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull begins at 3 p.m. Saturday and the grand finale of the fair, The Demolition Derby begins at 5 p.m. Admission is $7. Entry fees are $35. Pit passes are $15. For more information, visit July, 2012

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Through July7/LINTON - Linton is also known for it's outdoor recreation and it's fame of hosting Indiana's largest Independence Day Parade. The parade brings nearly 40,000 people to Linton each year to enjoy the floats, bands and clowns. Bring your whole family to help us celebrate this year! The Linton Freedom Festival is an annual celebration of the Linton community. Events include arts & crafts, carnival, live bands, horse-pull, bed races, lip sync contest, Little Miss & Little Mister Linton Contest, Civitan ham & egg breakfast, fireworks display and a parade which means fun for the entire family. For more information visit online at

MADISON REGATTA July 6-8/MADISON - Spend an action-packed weekend on the shores of the Ohio River at the Madison Regatta. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as boats and hydroplanes zoom across the water. Between races, catch air shows, fireworks, concerts, a parade and more. Get in the groove at the Street Dance or cheer on the firefighters during the exciting (and unique) Waterball Fight! For more informaiton, call 812-265-5000 or visit online at

CEDAR VALLEY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL July 8-10/RAMSEY - Bring the lawn chairs and make your way to the best of traditional bluegrass music. Many of the genre's greats have performed at the festival through the years. Enjoy the plucking of guitars and melodic voices at this family-friendly tribute to the music of the South. Check out local talent during open stage night and eat and talk with Hoosiers at the community dinner. Camp sites available. For more information visit cedarvalleybluegrass.webs. com

WABASH RIVERFEST July 14/WEST LAFAYETTE - Trade along the Wabash River was a significant factor in the establishment of West Lafayette. Celebrate this city’s river history and conservation during the annual Wabash Page 12

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Riverfest located at Tapawingo Park. Get active by running in the 5k race or rowing your heart out during the canoe races. Enjoy all-day music plus food, amusement rides, pony rides for the kids, a zoo and more on the banks of one of Indiana's greatest natural resources. Educational exhibits teach you how to preserve the river for years to come. Visit for more information.

THREE RIVERS FESTIVAL July 13-21/FORT WAYNE - Pack up the family for a weekend of excitement at Headwaters Park. Bring your competitive spirit with you - hop on a bed with wheels for the bed race down Main Street, or grab a water balloon or canoe to compete in the legendary RiverGames. Experience ethnic foods, crafts and dances in International Village or select beautiful fine art at Art in the Park. three 5TH ANNUAL QUILT GARDENS TOUR July 20/ELKHART - Opens at 8 a.m. Over 100,000 blooms in 19 big gardens and 18 murals at 27 locations in seven welcoming communities all along the Heritage Trail in northern Indiana. Free viewing. Call 574-262-8161 or visit

ELKHART COUNTY 4-H FAIR JULY 20-28/GOSHEN - One of the largest county fairs in America, with an annual attendance exceeding 250,000. Hours and activities vary daily. Info: See Web site below or call 574-533-3247. ANNUAL INDIANA BLACK EXPO SUMMER CELEBRATION July 20-22/Indianapolis - One of the largest events of its kind in the nation draws a huge crowd to the Indiana Convention Center and downtown Indy each summer. 317-925-2702.

DIXIE DAYS FESTIVAL July 26-28 /NORTH WEBSTER- Art Fair & show, antique tent sale and open-air market. Get a breathtaking view of the town and Webster Lake in a tethered hot air balloon! Historic Dixie Stern wheel paddle boat rides. Visit July, 2012

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Places to Go: Circus City Festival

Festivals & More Festivals

Saturday, July 14 - Saturday, July 21 154 N. Broadway, Peru, Indiana • America’as own circus spectacular • Finest youth circus in an air-conditioned, three-ring circus arena. Only circus parade in the United States. Rides, food, family-oriented. • Museum and gift shop.

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Places to Go: Evansville with the kids Evansville offers a plethora of activities to keep kids on their toes. Every member of the family will find something to their liking, whether it be visiting a favorite animal at the zoo or exploring a new exhibit at the Children's Museum of Evansville. Start your trip in Evansville with a visit to Mesker Park Zoo and Botanical Garden , home to more than 700 animals. The zoo's newest exhibit, AMAZONIA, transports visitors to a lush South American rainforest full of tropical plants, colorful bird, monkeys and even a pair of jaguars. Visit the Koch Family Children's Museum of Evansville , known as cMoe, for a learning experience. The museum features 18,000 square feet of fun, hands-on exhibits for children of all ages. Step into cMoe's Kindergarten Classroom Exhibit and experience a "real"classroom! Build with blocks, visit learning stations, listen to storytime and more. On Aug. 4, Meet The Cat in the Hat, our furry teacher for the day and see what shinanigans he is up to in our Kindergarten Classroom! Cross the street with a crossing guard, ride a real school bus and talk with Kindergarten teachers about what to expect on that first day of school. A variety of community partners will attend to share information helpful to parents of new students. The first 50 Kindergarteners receive a free Class of 2025 t-shirt! For more information, visit online at Page 16

Voyage to Marengo Cave Travel about an hour to the east and visit Marengo Cave . Friendly and knowledgeable guides take you through immense underground passageways and interpret delicate rock formations. Marengo Cave also offers gemstone mining, canoeing and camping. The Countdown to Kindergarten Classroom Exhibit is open daily from 10 am - 2 p.m. and on Sundays from noon - 4:00 p.m. the entire month of July! Journey to Santa Claus Holiday World & Splashin' Safari , in the town of Santa Claus, has a water park, children's rides and some of the world's top wooden roller coasters. This family owned and operated park has been voted the cleanest, friendliest park on the planet and makes for the perfect family adventure.

French Lick French Lick offers family fun all year round with Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Resort . The 40,000 square foot indoor water park is full of kidfriendly features. While in French Lick, take the family on a train ride on the French Lick Scenic Railway . Check the schedule for fun weekend and holiday rides such as staged train robberies and The Polar Express renditions. For more information, visit July, 2012

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EVANSVILLE - James Taylor's music embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal forms. He is a master at describing specific, even autobiographical, situations in a way that resonates with people everywhere. Taylor and his band will perform in concert in a special theatrical setting at the Ford Center on Monday, July 11. Tickets are now on sale and range from $62.50 - $82.50. As a recording and touring artist, Taylor has set a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. His warm baritone is among the most recognized voices in popular music and his distinctive style of guitar-playing has been enormously influential. He has sold more than fifty million albums throughout his career and has earned forty gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards and five Grammy Awards. His sonds have had a profound influence on songwriters and music lovers from all walks of life: "Fire and Rain," "Country Road," "Something in the Way She Moves," "Mexico," "Shower the People," "Your Smiling Face," "Carolina on My Mind," "Sweet Baby James," "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," "You Can Close Your Eyes," "Walking Man," "Never Die Young," "Shed a Little Light," "Copperline," and many more. Tickets are available at For more information, call 812-745-3000 or visit July, 2012

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Places to Go : The Centre s Evansville Aiken Theatre

The Public Education Foundation and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation will present the 24th Annual Summer Musical “Footloose” at The Centre’s Aiken Theatre on July 12-15. Shows are Thursday thru Saturday at 7:30pm and on Sunday at 2:00pm. Tickets go on-sale Monday June 4 at 10:00am. Seats for Adults are $18, $15 and $12; for Students aged 2 to 18, they are $10 except for the Sunday matinee they are $6. The Public Education Foundation (PEF) is a not-forprofit community organization authorized to direct private dollars into innovative and far-reaching education programs when and where public funding is not available. Since being established in 1985, PEF has raised and awarded nearly $4 million for the betterment of our schools through academic grants, innovative programs, and scholarships. While we believe the teachers in the EVSC are doing an excellent job of teaching our youth, we want to enhance their classrooms and teaching material to create a more hands on and fully supplemented learning experience.

TRACE ADKINS LIVE IN CONCERT ‘SONGS & STORIES’ TOUR An Evening with Trace Adkins will be Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m. in The Centre’s Aiken Theatre when Adkins brings his Songs & Stories Tour to Evansville. Tickets are $67, $47, $42 and $32.. Along with a powerful performance, this intimate evening with Trace Adkins will incorporate stories, both humorous and meaningful, that pay homage to Adkins’ working-man roots and rich musical heritage. Inspiration for the “Songs & Stories Tour” came as Trace released his 10th studio album, “Proud To Be Here,” featuring the Top Ten hit, “Just Fishin’” and his latest single, “Million Dollar View.” Join Trace Adkins and tell your story at: ngs-and-stories-tour/ July, 2012

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