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I am reminded of Dorothy’s exlamation in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ about the “lions and tigers and bears, OH MY!”when I look through the list of Indiana festivals held each year. Only I’m thinking; “parades and games and food. OH MY!” Then there are the rides and entertainment...and food, OH MY! Which one(s) should I attend this weekend? Over 400 festivals and events are held throughout Indiana every year. That is an average of more than one a day, of course. And so many of them are multi-day events with different activities scheduled each day. It’s most impossible to attend them all. So welcome to The Weekender’s picks featured in our first annual fair/festival preview. Find and preview your favorites , then plan your weekend getaway trip today. Be warned, it is not easy to choose. Each Indiana festival is unlike any other. But I’ve noticed that all the festivals and fairs have two things in common – welcoming Hoosier Hospitality and lots of fun! Enjoy! he Editor

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Talbot Art Fair............................. Page 2&16 Old-Fashioned Independence Day..... Page 3 Lincoln Freedom Festival................... Page 5 Spencer County Fair........................... Page 6 Brownsburg Festival of the Arts... Page 7 &18 Lapel Village Fair................................ Page 8-10 Classic Car Cruise In, Hope............... Page 11 Red Skelton Festival.................... Page 12-13 Carroll County Festivals................ Page 14 Theatre........ Pages 15 & 23 N. Indiana Lakes Festival............. Page 14&17 Charley Creek Artsfest.......... Page 19 Calendar of Events Page 20-21 Proud to be an American Page 22 Wakarusa Bluegrass Festival Page 24 Page 4

Top left: The Red Skelton Parade of a Thousand Clowns is June 11 in Vincennes in connection with Paint the Town Red celebration. See Page 12-13. Top Right: Lakes Festival volunteer, Kyle Turner, helps Andrew Bosch cast a fishing line. See Page 14 & 17. Bottom Left: Handwoven Designs by Stewart-Murrell at the Talbot Street Art Fair. See Page 2 & 16. Bottom Right. See Doug Anderson in concert at his hometown during the Lapel Village Fair. See pages 8-10

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7 - 8 a.m. Craft Booths check in 7-10 a.m. Daybreak Church N. Main St /All-you-can-eat pancakes 7:30 a.m. CDLS Walk / Run Lapel High School track 765-534-3754 8 a.m. Town Wide Rummage Sales 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Food and Craft Booths Open 765-643-4112 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cruise In Car Show (Saturday only 317-223-4610) Lapel Volunteer Firemen 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hand breaded tenderloins on the patio at The American Legion 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entertainment Under the Tent 3:30 Parade 765-534-3442 4:30 – 7:00 Chicken Noodle Dinner Daybreak Church 7:00 to 8:30 Dove award winner Doug Anderson free concert 9:00 pm to 11 pm Street Dance DJ

S U N D AY J U LY 1 5 t h 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. American Legion All You Can Eat Breakfast 10:00 Church under the tent at Daybreak Church on N. Main Street 11 a.m. to 4 pm Craft and Food Booths Open 12:30 Cornhole tournament Corner Main and 9th Streets 765-621-4111 1 - 3 p.m. Indiana Pacer Fan Van 1 - 4 p.m. Entertainment under tent Page 08

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People to See: Doug Anderson at the Lapel Village Fair Dove Award winner Doug Anderson is coming back to where it all started — his hometown of Lapel. He will be participating in local events during the Lapel Village Fair July 13-15. Join Doug, his family and friends at the 5K Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Enjoy the food, rummage sales, crafts and entertainment, then stay for his solo concert that night on The Main Street Stage at 7 p.m. Best of all, the concert is free to the public! Bring your chair and blankets for an evening of great music and memories! With such a demanding schedule, it's a good thing Doug Anderson doesn't just walk through life, he runs — with a smile on his face, grateful for every mile along the way. As an original founding member of the award-winning group, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Doug is happy to be singing night after night with a group that tours constantly, and is in high demand. But now Doug, with the Page 10

blessing of his good friend Ernie Haase, has taken on new duties as a featured solo artist, in addition to his favorite roles as smitten husband, adoring father, and committed athlete. Ernie Haase and Signature Sound are Grammynominated and GMA/Dove award-winning artists, and the grateful group logs hundreds of thousands of miles every year, both nationally and internationally. Faithful fans feel comfortable talking with Doug because they know he means every word he sings, and he still follows the road back home to his real life in Lapel. Doug's Debut Solo Project Dreamin Wide Awake took home the Dove Award for Country Album of the Year at the 43rd

Annual GMA Dove Awards on April 19. "This is a great honor and one I am very proud of," says Doug. Doug has also been named the Grand Marshal for this year’s parade to be Saturday starting at 3:30 p.m. The Lapel Village Fair is held annually, an event that was started by the Lapel Community Association many years ago and has grown through the years to being a major attraction to both the local area and Madison County. Each year more and more people attend the fair, more vendor booths are sold, more vehicles enter the parade and many miles of asphalt are walked. Funds have been donated for the purpose of honoring allveterans. A gazebo is being built at Woodward Park. It will dedicated at a 3 p.m. ceremony Sunday. See page 8 for a schedule of events or visit online at June, 2012

The Red Skelton Festival will feature a variety of activities running through June 10. The festival honors Vincennes native Red Skelton, America’s most beloved clown. Throughout the Festival the Northwest Territory Art Guild will be open Tuesday through Friday from Noon - 5 p.m., and Saturday from Noon - 3 p.m.

“Red Skelton: One of America’s Clowns” exhibit on display at the Old State Bank throughout the Festival; hours are Tuesday through Friday from Noon - 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A Clown Beauty Pageant will feature local dignitaries styled by the Clown School students. Red’s “Commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance” will be broadcast on a local radio station and over the Main Street speakers beginning at 11 a.m., followed by the Parade of a 1000 Clowns. The Red Skelton Festival will culminate on Sunday with the Red Skelton Film Festival, 1-6 p.m., at the Fortnightly building. Admission is free.

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Runners of all ages will lace up their running shoes for the Big Red Clown Race. Registration begins at 8 a.m. for a 5K and one-mile fun run at Vincennes University’s Red Skelton Performing Arts Center.

Gift items from the Red Skelton Museum Gift Shop will be available for sale at the Northwest Territory Art Guild and the Old State Bank during regular hours.For more information about the Red Skelton Festival contact the Vincennes/Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-8866443, or log onto

Hobo Day Students of the Red Skelton Clown School puts their hobo skills into play with the audience. The popular bathtub races will highlight Hobo Day events. 812882-6440.

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World’s Biggest Birthday Party - June 7 celebrating everyone who has a birthday in 2012. Activities will take place from 6-8 p.m. at VU’s Donald G. Bell Student Recreation Center located on Red Skelton Boulevard behind the Skelton Center. This family-friendly fun event is sponsored by Old National Bank.

Doughnut Eating Contest Adult and young categories. The contest pays homage to Skelton’s famous skit about the different ways people dunk their doughnuts.

Paint the Town Red events downtown from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be food vendors, children’s activities, and a variety of slapstick clown entertainment.

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Clown Pie Fight - Noon on the Skelton Center lawn. The Clown School students will be hurling clown pies at each other and audience members can choose to participate or just enjoy watching the mayhem.

The Red Skelton Clown Follies will be presented at the Skelton Center at 7:00 p.m. From slapstick to comedy to magic, this familyfriendly show will feature lively entertainment for all ages. General admission tickts are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the Skelton Center box office, 812-888-4039. All proceeds from tickets sales will support the Red Skelton Museum.

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Festivals & More Festivals Northern Indiana Lakes Festival

Lakes Festival volunteer, Kyle Turner, teaches Andrew Bosch how to cast a fishing pole at one of the educational activities. WINONA LAKE, Ind. - Kosciusko Lakes and Streams' annual celebration of lakes is now a two day event. The Northern Indiana Lakes Festival will take place June 9-10. Saturday's events are located at Center Lake in Warsaw. Festival favorites from previous years will be back, including canoeing, an electrofishing demonstration, the Water Waddle kid's fun run and a ski show by the Lake City Skiers. Saturday will also include new activities such as Center Lake Conservation Association's Warsaw Aqua Mile, a Metzger Outdoors Adventure Race, Habitat for Humanity's Rain on Kosciusko rain barrel auction, an evening concert and many new exhibitor booths. Sunday's events will be at Winona Lake with activities such as Grace College Bass Club's Fishing Tournament, ICDI's 5K Run, KCV Cycling Club's Mountain Bike Time Trials and a boating messabout. This free event is made possible through sponsorships. Kosciusko Lakes and Streams is still seeking additional sponsors for 2012. ABC Industries, Biomet, CenturyLink, Medtronic and Zimmer are current sponsors. For more information or to be a sponsor, call Anna Burke at 574-372-5100, Ext. 6446 or visit Page 14

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Athletic Events

WINONA LAKE, Ind. - The Northern Indiana Lakes Festival will now host two days of athletic events on the shores of beautiful northern Indiana lakes. This includes unique race opportunities for the young and old, beginners and pros. The Lakes Festival is a family-friendly celebration of lakes over the weekend of June 9-10 in Warsaw and Winona Lake. The youngest festival goers can participate in the Water Waddle, a 1-mile fun run for toddlers to 14 year olds. For adults and families there is the Run for Orphans 5K. This event is organized by Integrated Community Development International, or ICDI, a nonprofit organization working in the Central African Republic to provide medical care and education to orphans. All proceeds from the 5K will go toward their efforts. Cycling enthusiasts can enjoy the Winona Lake Trails as part of KCV Cycling Club's mountain bike time trial series. Once a month, starting with the Lakes Festival and continuing through September, the club gathers to improve their fitness and racing skills. There is no cost associated with the series. The Wild Goose Chase Adventure Race should prove an exciting experience for more adventurous types. Organized by Metzger Outdoors, the race has participants traverse through all terrains in an effort to complete a set of activities and tasks as quickly as possible. The event emphasizes teamwork and is for new and experienced racers. June, 2012

Finally, it wouldn't be a celebration of lakes if there wasn't a swimming event. Center Lake Conservation Association organizes a 1-mile swim race in Center Lake called the Warsaw Aqua Mile. All proceeds will go to the Center Lake Conservation Association and their efforts to keep the lake clean. Besides enjoying the scenery of beautiful lakes, racers and their families can take advantage of the festivities associated with the Lakes Festival. This includes a ski show, canoeing, lake education activities, food vendors, a business expo and much more. For race times, registration and other details visit The Lakes Festival is organized by Kosciusko Lakes and Streams, a center for water research, education and collaboration at Grace College, with sponsorship from Biomet, Zimmer, CenturyLink, the K21 Health Foundation, Louis Dreyfus, Metzger Trucking and Silveus Insurance Group.

Page 15 INDIANAPOLIS - This is a fair forever young and offers something for everyone's taste in fine art & crafts. From humble 1956 beginnings in Talbot “alley”, a narrow lane south of 15th Street where a handful of Herron art students and alumni had an art fair, who would have guessed it would grow as it did? Surviving four moves on Talbot and Talbott Streets, it become one of the Nation's top 100 art fairs. For reasons unknown, south of 16th Street Talbot is spelled with one “T,” and that is where the fair began. North of 16th Street the street is spelled with two “Ts,” but the fair, already established and known for over a decade as the Talbot Street Art Fair, chose to retain the original spelling of its beginnings. From a couple dozen artists, who set up tables and/or easels, or leaned paintings against the alley walls in the open air, the fair now has 270 artists who set up in their own sturdy weather-proof canopies. Among the juried artists/craftsmen are many wellknown Indiana artists. Joining them are award winning artists/craftsmen from throughout the United States, from Arizona, California across to Maryland Page 16

and New York; from Florida south to Wisconsin north, and many, many states inbetween. One of the best features of this celebrated fair is that it is FREE to the public. The fair committee has always felt that patrons should spend their money with the artists, not paying admission. From 16th and Talbott toward 20th Street, then extending from 17th to Delaware and 18th to Pennsylvania, it is an art lovers paradise. Find fabrics ranging from wearable art to rugs, paintings in every style and medium, photography, sculpture, clay…both functional and decorative, jewelry, wood…again from functional to decorative, glass in forms of sculpture and the flat panels to install as beautiful windows in home or business, and more! Come join the fun, walk the historic HerronMorton neighborhood and enjoy the art and architecture. Grab a bite to eat, sit for a bit, then stroll and shop again. Shop for a fair logo souvenir to long remember the day: tote bag, t-shirt, or umbrella. The funds received from the juried artists' application and booth fees go toward promoting next year's fair, grants, scholarships, and award monies to colleges, high schools, and major juried shows. We are a not-for-profit corporation and the fair is done totally with volunteer committee members, some who work throughout the year to make this fair what it is today: another Great Hoosier Tradition!

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Things To Do: Appreciate the Arts You are invited to join in the fun at the 34th annual Brownsburg Chamber of Commerce Festival of the Arts, Hendricks County’s largest arts and crafts show of the year. On Saturday, July 21, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. this family fun-filled event will once again feature expanded activities, along with more than 200 artisans and craft exhibitors from around the Midwest. Arbuckle & Art The event's focus is fine art with artists representing a wide range of styles and mediums featuring pieces of art from paintings to wood-working, jewelry, ceramics and much, much more. The beautiful Arbuckle Acres Park is home to this event and will continue to

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Saturday July 21, 2012 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. provide a wonderful display area for art. Food & Entertainment In addition to the exhibitor's arts and crafts that will provide the ultimate shopping experience, we will offer a food court featuring a wonderful variety of food. The Main Stage will once again feature local entertainers throughout the day that are sure to keep the shoppers shopping and the festivities lively!

galore provided by HIP Brownsburg for the kids to create at the 34th annual Festival of the Arts. Kids will have the opportunity to paint, create and more! The goal behind the Kid's Area is to make Festival of the Arts an anticipated annual family event fun for everyone!

Kids The Children's Area will provide free hands-on art projects

In keeping with tradition, all proceeds directly benefit the Brownsburg Chamber of Commerce. Admission to the Festival is $3 per person. Children 12 and under are free! Mark your calendars for the 34th annual Festival of the Arts on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Arbuckle Acres Park in Brownsburg, Indiana. For more information, call 317-852-7885.

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Jun. 7-9/ROCHESTER - Fulton Cty. Courthouse Square. Twilight parade, golf scramble, tennis tourney, 5k walk/run, car cruise-in, free music entertainment, artist demonstration, crafts, food, kids' games and rides, police K-9 and boy scout demonstrations, guided tour of round barns daily. Call 574-224-2666 for more information.



June 11-16/GRANDVIEW - Indiana's longest running county fair! Tri-state horse pull and demolition derbies. Beer garden, live entertainment, bluegrass bash, midway rides, great food, vendor booths, pageants for all ages. Helmets Up Children's Program, exotic petting zoo with pony rides. Great family fun! For more information, call 812-649-4222.


June 9-10/WARSAW - Held at Center Lake and Winona Lake, start the fun at the Wild Goose Chase Adventure Race. Enjoy a Children's Nature and Music Show featuring Chris Rowlands. Door prizes, water education, swimming, face painting and free water bottles. The Lakes Festival increases awareness of and appreciation for our lakes through education, experience, fun and celebration. Free Admission. For a complete schedule of events, visit online at

June 14/COLUMBUS - Adzooks Puppets put on "Tortoise and the Hare" at Noon at the Donner Shelter House. This event is FREE and open to the public. Adzooks Puppets return to Columbus and present one of the most popular of Aesop’s Fables, “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Don’t miss this opportunity to cheer on the classic rivals as they discover timing is almost everything.

LAFONTAINE ASHLAND DAYS FESTIVAL Jun. 15-16/LAFONTAINE - Free admision. Located at Wabash and Branson Streets, in Wabsh Cty. Come and enjoy good music, entertainment, food, tractor show, quilts, needlework and a parade in a great small town. Call 765-981-4054.

HAUBSTADT SOMMERFEST June 21-23/HAUBSTADT - Southern Indiana’s finest bierstube to be at the Old Haubstadt Gym Grounds in Vanderburgh Co. Food booths, rides, Biergarten, parade, Little Miss contest and talent show with the Laufenfest 5K run on Sat. Live entertainment on the main stage will feature Stompbox 40, Nashville Recording Artist Bobby James, and McFly! Back to the 80’s. For more information, call 812-768-6637 or visit online at

CHARLEY CREEK ARTSFEST June 26-July 1/WABASH - Spend the weekend at Charley Creek Gardens where music, art and drama combine to create a weekend of entertaining performances, fine art and festive music. Enjoy wine tasting, a watercolor workshop, and the Heartland/Eagles Film Fest. A Fine Art Show & Sale will take place Saturday. For a complete schedule Page 20

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concert. “It's a celebration for our town,” said Lori Robertson, of Hope Chamber of Commerce. “Join in the fun from 5 p.m. to dark.” Admission to this event is free and the public is invited. For more information, visit online at or call 812-546-4673.

For more information contact the Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum at (812) 649-9147.

HAYNES APPERSON FESTIVAL CHARLEY CREEK ARTSFEST June 26-July 1/WABASH - Spend the weekend at Charley Creek Gardens where music, art and drama combine to create a weekend of entertaining performances, fine art and festive music. Enjoy wine tasting, a watercolor workshop, and the Heartland/Eagles Film Fest. A Fine Art Show & Sale will take place Saturday. For a complete schedule and event tickets visit


June 28-30/KOKOMO - Known as the “City of Firsts,” and celebrating the home to America's first automobile. Fun, food, fireworks, parade, car shows, sports and fantastic live entertainment. A cruise-in car show kicks off the fun Thursday at 4 p.m. with a procession downtown. Concerts each evening are free and open to the public. A fireworks show will conclude the festival Saturday after the last concert. Don’t forget your lawnchairs. For more information call 765-854-1234 or visit online at

June 30-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

ABRAHAM LINCOLN FREEDOM FEST June 30/ROCKPORT - Experience live entertainment, food, games, fireworks, and a car show. This year the festival will take place in the Rockport City Park, where there there will be activities for all ages. A parade begins at noon through downtown Rockport. Explore the Lincoln Pioneer Village, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, to discover what Lincoln's formative years in Indiana were like. Interact with the reenactors, play games and partake in yummy festival foods! The evening ends with a patriotic concert and a huge fireworks show. June, 2012

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8th ANNUAL HONOR OUR MILITARY PATRIOTIC BOAT PARADE & CELEBRATION IN THE PARK MONTICELLO, INDIANA SATURDAY JULY 7, 2012 ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE FREEMAN Schedule 7:30 a.m. Indiana Veterans’ Home motorcade met by AMVETS RIDERS for motorcycle escort (SR 18 & 39) 8:15 a.m.

Begin Loading Madam Carroll; Board Grand Marshals (The Gulf War Veterans) Welcomed aboard by live music

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Posting of Colors – Combined Honor Guard – Monticello AMVETS, American Legion & VFW with 21 gun salute and the Grissom Air Force Base Color Guard Amazing Grace & Taps Star Spangled Banner Invocation

9:30 a.m.

Madam Carroll Departs

10:00 a.m.

White & Carroll County Sheriffs Arrive (Oakdale) DNR Arrives (Oakdale) Decorated Boats Arrive & Begin Judging

10:45 a.m.

Oakdale Dam Area Decorated Boats - Begin Line up Madam Carroll Arrives

11:00 a.m.

Parade Begins - Line-up: DNR White & Carroll County Sheriffs Monticello Fire Department Madam Carroll Decorated Boats

11:15 a.m. 12:10 p.m. 12:20 p.m.

Reviewing Stand Arrivals Military Flyovers Madam Carroll docks Decorated Boats Proceed to Tioga Bridge and Pass in Review

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Flag Bearing Skydivers kick off the CELEBRATION IN THE PARK Purdue University Boilermaker Special on site to give rides to kids Grissom Air Force Base Flight Deck Simulator Hot Dogs & Watermelon - fun, food and free games for the entire family Live Music Bike Wars – bicycle obstacle course Boat Parade winners announced PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN Scholarship awards

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