It was a typical June weekend—hazy, hot, humid and an occasional shower—for the 40th Red, White & Blue Festival in Crothersville.
“The fireworks were even better than last year,” said festival director Sherry Bridges. “Folks were cheering during the show.
“The Thursday and Friday attendance was down due to 90° temperatures. Saturday night numbers were way up. Over all it was a great festival as we celebrated our 40th festival,” she said.
Bill Brumett of Crothersville was honored during the Thursday opening ceremonies as a World War II Veteran. He said being able to participate in the remembrance ceremony with the Indiana Guard Reserve from Indianapolis brought back many fond memories of his days in the Navy.
Logen O’Sullivan, son of Robert & Susan O’Sullivan and Destiny Lawrence, daughter of Terry & Barbara Prine, were crown this year’s festival Prince & Princess. First runners-up were Jacob Defibaugh and Karley Gillis and seond runners-up were Cole Reed & Eliana Collman.
Destiny Lawrence did double duty winning the youth division of the opening night’s talent show. Kaitlyn Muldrea won the teen talent division and Shea Seal won the adult division competition.
The baby contest again proved to be a popular event with area parents.
Named the most patriotic boy was Blaine Lewis, 2nd was Brantly Lewis and 3rd was Tristyn Campbell. Most Patriotic girl was Caitlyn Morrison, 2nd, Kinsley Markel and 3rd, Kyleigh Peacock.
Birth to 4 Months—boys, 1st Malaki Riley, 2nd Bentley Honey, 3rd Braxton Wing; girls, 1st Ariel Williams, 2nd Emily Strong.
4-7 Months—boys, 1st Ryker Eldridge, 2nd Bentley Wicker, 3rd Seth Hawkins; girls, 1st Andilynn Berkshite, 2nd Jayelyn Warner, 3rd Lyleigh Peacock.
8-12 Months—boys, Cruise English, 2nd Greyson Helt, 3rd Emmett Schill; girls, 1st Lillian Greathouse, 2nd Annie-Lynn Barnes, 3rd Ariana Sizemore.
13-24 Months—boys, 1st Kase Gasser, 2nd Emmett Snyder, 3rd Blayden Hensley; girls, 1st Blaykee Toler, 2nd Emma Barnett, 3rd Mia Barrientos.
25-36 Months—boys, 1st Wyatt English, 2nd Brantley Lewis, 3rd Levi Miller; girls, 1st Kinsley Markel, 2nd Caitlyn Morrison, 3rd Samantha Orrill.
37-48 Months—boys, 1st Blaine Lewis, 2nd Owen Law, 3rd Preston Odegaard; girls, 1st Charysma Prado, 2nd Lucy Marcelle.
Bridges said the Crothersville Red White & Blue Festival would like to thank their corporate sponsors, Aisin Drivetrain, Aisin Chemical, Cerro Wire, The Peoples Bank, Bob Poynter GM, Rose Acre Farms, Rumpke, Becker and Radio 96.3, John Jones GM City, Stewart-Hougland Funeral Home, Bryan Bowman Inc. and Garth & Billie Kovener.
Also, Crothersville Community Schools, Dr. Terry Goodin and the Board of Trustees, Town of Crothersville, Zambelli Fireworks and Brady Amusements. Doris Kovener, Brady Riley, Bobby Deal, Rick Porter, Marion Gill, Terry and Barb Prine, Jessica Graff, Chester Jones. Becky McIntosh, Shannon Gumm and Denver Glenn.
Also, Partick and Sarah Gerth, Indiana Guard Reserve of Indianapolis, Kevin Konetzka, Class of 2016, Zabrina Nicholson and the school yearbook staff. Pamela Guy and Elementary PTO, Kevin and Melanie Hoevener, Chief Richard Hamblin, James Prewitt of VFW Post 1083. Chris Mains and Mason Boicourt.
Also Boy Scout Troop 522, Steve and Kenna White, WMPI 105.3, Garlick Ford, Chrysler, Jeep, Charlie Murphy and the Jackson County Sheriff Department. Crothersville-Vernon Township Fire Department and the employees of The Peoples Bank.