History center plans festival activities

Jackson County History Center has announced its list of activities during the 48th annual Jackson County Watermelon Festival this weekend in Brownstown.

The ham and bean dinner will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until the food runs out Saturday in the livery barn at Sugar and Walnut streets. Pork burgers also will be available for purchase.

Members of the Southern Indiana Model Railroad Association will have a display of trains in the livery barn, and the center will sell chances to win a queen-size quilt made by the Peace thru Pieces group from Brownstown United Methodist Church.

NSF Marbles will have a display of antique handmade and machine-made marbles beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Ball Museum. The group is a member of International Association of Marble Collectors.

Kathy Nichols will have “Paint and Take” items for children set up on the lawn of the Ball Museum, and the pioneer village will be open with re-enactors who will talk about pioneer life. Pioneer games will be available in the village for anyone wanting to play.

Spice Valley Band Metis, a Native-American group from Lawrence County, with Chief Chuck “2 Feathers” Sallee will have a tepee on display and will do Native-American dancing throughout the day in the village.

The old-time rock ā€™nā€™ roll band Past Tense will play from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The center will not be open Sunday.