44th Crothersville Red, White and Blue Festival coming up this week

CROTHERSVILLE

Plenty of family-friendly activities are planned for this year’s Crothersville Red, White and Blue Festival.

And it wouldn’t be the town’s largest event without paying tribute to the nation’s flag and those who have served or are serving the country.

The 44th festival, tagged as “Indiana’s most patriotic festival” by director Sherry Bridges, is set for Thursday through Saturday on the Crothersville Community Schools grounds.

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“Our community takes pride in honoring our veterans and Old Glory,” Bridges said.

From 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Family Fun Night will kick off the festival with rides from Steel Horse Midway Attractions. Discount bracelets may be purchased for $13 at The Peoples Bank in Crothersville. Wristbands purchased Wednesday at the ticket booth are $15.

Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Wristbands for each of those days also will be $15.

The first activity Thursday will be the baby contest at 3 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Judging starts at 5 p.m., and the entry fee is $5. The categories are birth to 3 months, 4 to 7 months, 8 to 12 months, 13 to 24 months, 25 to 36 months and 37 to 48 months. First and second will be awarded to a boy and a girl in each category.

Boys and girls ages 3 to 5 may register for the Little Mr. and Miss RWB at 3 p.m. with judging starting at 5 p.m. The cost to enter is $10.

There also is a twins contest for ages 0 to 36 months with registration at 3 p.m. and judging at 5 p.m.

On the festival stage, the prince and princess will be crowned at 5:30 p.m., and the contest winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m.

Buddy Bat, the mascot of the Louisville Bats baseball team, will assist with handing out the awards and visiting with his fans.

Booths open at 5 p.m., and the opening ceremonies is at 6 p.m. as the community pauses to remember local veterans.

“It will be a time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, those who undauntedly and courageously contributed to the defense of our nation,” Bridges said.

The festival committee will have a veterans memorial table set up, and the community is welcome to bring pictures of their family and friends in remembrance of their service, she said.

Karaoke is set for 7 p.m., and festival newcomer Justyn Underwood will perform at 8 p.m.

On Friday, booths open at 5 p.m. A car show also starts then and runs through 7:30 p.m. in the elementary school parking lot. The entry fee is $10, and the winner of the best car will win half of the entry fee money.

Entertainment on the stage includes Country Kickers at 5:30 p.m., Grandview Junction at 6:30 p.m., Real Country Band at 7:30 p.m. and Southern Comfort at 8:30 p.m.

The festival starts early Saturday with the Crothersville FFA serving biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage and drinks beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the FFA booth.

The Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor the waterball contest with registration starting at 8 a.m. and hoses up at 9 a.m. in front of the school.

At 8:30 a.m., children ages 6 to 12 can participate in a 1-mile fun run. Then a 5K run/walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Crothersville Elementary School travel basketball teams.

Hamacher Hall will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Arts in the ‘Ville, and food and cold drinks will be available.

At 11 a.m., Denise Maxie will set the table for the contestants as they participate in the porkburger eating contest. Participants will see how many FFA porkburgers they can eat in 10 minutes. Kids will try at 11 a.m. and the adults at 11:15 a.m. Winners will receive cash prizes.

Parade registration goes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m at the corner of East and Bard streets, judging begins at 1 p.m. and the parade steps off at 1:30 p.m. The grand marshals are the festival committee members who are retiring. Doris Kovener, Terry Prine, Bobby Deal, Marion Gill, Cami Brumett and Bridges combine for 157 years of community service.

The oldest festival contest, the pet and bike parade, will begin at noon in front of the stage. Children in preschool through fourth grade are encouraged to dress in patriotic colors and decorate their bicycles, wagons and favorite pets.

Traditional Young Farmers is sponsoring a pedal tractor pull at 3:30 p.m. on Preston Street. Registration is at 3 p.m.

Stage entertainment will be Stars and Stripes Cloggers at 3:30 p.m., Ko’s Martial Arts at 4:30 p.m., Colt Wienhorst at 5 p.m., Brian Fink at 6 p.m., Matthew Williams at 7 p.m. and Steel Country Band at 8 p.m.

Booth raffles will be drawn from the stage at 9 p.m.

Throughout the three-day festival, an antique farm tractor show will take place along Howard Street. Also, firefighters will sell their famous firehouse fish at the station on Moore Street from noon to 10 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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44th annual Crothersville Red, White and Blue Festival

Wednesday

5 to 9 p.m.: Family Fun Night with rides from Steel Horse Midway Attractions

Thursday

3 p.m.: Registration for the baby, Little Mr. and Miss and twins contests

5 p.m.: Judging of contests

5 p.m.: Booths open

5 to 10 p.m.: Rides from Steel Horse Midway Attractions

5:30 p.m.: Festival prince and princess crownings

6 p.m.: Opening ceremonies

6:30 p.m.: Baby, Little Mr. and Miss and twins contest winners announced

6:30 p.m.: Buddy Bat of the Louisville Bats

7 p.m.: Karaoke by Chasity Morris

8 p.m.: Justyn Underwood

Friday

5 p.m.: Booths open

5 to 7:30 p.m.: Car show

5 to 10 p.m.: Rides from Steel Horse Midway Attractions

5:30 p.m.: Country Kickers

6:30 p.m.: Grandview Junction

7:30 p.m.: Real Country Band

8:30 p.m.: Southern Comfort

Saturday

7:30 a.m.: FFA breakfast

8 a.m.: Registration for waterball contest

8:30 a.m.: Kids mini 1-mile run

9 a.m.: Waterball contest

9:30 a.m.: 5K run/walk

Noon: Pet and bike parade

Noon to 10 p.m.: Rides from Steel Horse Midway Attractions

1:30 p.m.: Parade

3:30 p.m.: Pedal tractor pull

3:30 p.m.: Stars and Stripes Cloggers

4:30 p.m.: Ko’s Martial Arts

5 p.m.: Colt Wienhorst

6 p.m.: Brian Fink

7 p.m.: Matthew Williams

8 p.m.: Steel Country Band

Information: Call 812-569-0407 or visit facebook.com/crothersvillerwb

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