40th Red, White & Blue Festival Set To Begin

The Crothersville Red White & Blue Festival kicks off Thursday, June 11, for a flag waiving salute to Old Glory and military service veterans. This year’s event is June 11-13 held at the Crothersville Community School grounds.

This is the 40th festival for the annual patriotic salute tagged as “Indiana Most Patriotic Festival,” said festival director Sherry Bridges. Our community takes pride in honoring our veterans and Old Glory. Terry Prine will be master of ceremonies throughout the three-day festival. Bobby Deal is entertainment chairman.

Tonight (Wednesday) is bracelet night at the festival carnival. Brady Amusements will offer a special ride promotion. Discount bracelets can be purchased at The Peoples Bank in Crothersville for $13 that will allow children to ride all rides all night.

Always a crowd draw, the Baby Contest registration will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, in the main gym at CHS. Judging begins at 3:30 p.m. Categories are, birth to three months, four to seven months, eight to 12 months, 13 to 24 months, 25 to 36 months and 37 to 48 months. First, second and third place will be awarded to a boy and a girl in each category. Entry fee is $5. The winners will be announced from the stage at 6 p.m.

Little Mr. & Little Miss Red White and Blue will be for boys and girls ages five to seven years old. Children must be dressed in patriotic colors and will be asked a few simple questions. Judging will be based on confidence, poise and stage presentation. Entry fee is $10. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. in the auxiliary gym with judging at 3:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at 6:15 p.m. from the stage. Crothersville Elementary PTO is sponsoring both events.

Booths open at 5 p.m. and at 5:30 the crowning of the 40th RWB Prince and Princess will take center stage. CHS Yearbook staff and sponsor Zabrina Nicholson is organizing the contest. Last year’s RWB Prince and Princess Harper Adams and Zoe Spangler will crown the new prince and princess.

Opening ceremonies will take place at 6:30pm from the stage as the community pauses to salute our local veterans and honor, “Old Glory.”

The RWB Talent show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Master of Ceremonies will be Robert Becker from 96.3 WJAA. Registration is at 7 p.m. at the announcer’s booth. Following the talent show The Paul Boggs Band will close out the evening.

On Friday, June 12, booths open at 5 p.m. also at 5 p.m. Crothersville Youth League will hand out awards for the year. At 5:30 a demo from KO’s Martial Arts will be in front of the stage. At 6 p.m. Country Kickers will perform.

Grandview Junction featuring former resident Linda Miller Musselwhite, will perform at 6:30 p.m.

Starting at 7:30 p.m., Real Country Music Show featuring Ron Gaddis from Nashville, Tennessee. Ron was lead man and bass guitar player for country music legend George Jones for over 20 years. He also has played with “The Voice” Vern Godson. Performing along with Gaddis will be Sam Pate, Bobby Deal, Danny Lang and Dave Jackson.

The Festival starts early Saturday June 13 with the Crothersville FFA serving breakfast at 7:30 a.m.

Tipping off at 8 a.m. in the main gym is the Jimmy Stewart Memorial 3/3 basketball tourney. Rita Cook is organizing the event with the proceeds going to the Crothersville Junior High girls basketball team.

The CHS Class of 2016 will hold a 5K Run/Walk beginning in front of the main entrance of the school beginning at 8:30 a.m.

At 10 a.m. entries for the Pie and Cake contest can be submitted in the lobby entrance of the gym till 11am. Categories for the pies are fruit, cream, your specialty and cobblers. For the cakes, layer, sheet, decorated and your specialty. Judging will begin at 11:15 a.m. Winners will be announced from the stage at 5:30 p.m. with a raffle to follow. Sarah Gerth is in charge of this event and it’s open to everyone. She encourages everyone…even the men to show off their baking skills. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Jackson County Nursing Home Veterans Cheer Baskets.

Fun for the kids starts at noon with the Pet & Bike Parade. Participants will line up in front of the stage. Children are encouraged to decorate their bike or bring their favorite pet.

Registration for the 40th RWB Parade begins at noon in the parking lot of Alliance Bible Church at the corner of Moore and East Street.

Taking the stage at 12:30 p.m. and entertaining throughout the afternoon will be Jerry Zollman.

The Photo contest will return this year with entries being accepted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Judging begins at 1:30pm. Categories are nature, family, patriotic and life in Vernon Twp. Photos will be on display throughout the day in the photo booth located in front of the high school main entrance. Participants may pick up their photo that evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Winners will announced at 5:30 p.m. from the stage.

The 40th RWB Festival Parade steps off at 4 p.m., Grand Marshal is Doris Kovener of Crothersville. Doris is a charter member of the festival committee and helped organize every RWB festival since 1976.

To commemorate the 40th Festival the committee will celebrate with a 40-40-40. “We are asking for 40 Veterans to walk the last 40 feet of the parade in celebration of the 40th Festival,” said Bridges. “Understanding some veterans will need assistance, a family member is encouraged to walk with them.” Veterans may wear full dress uniform, their hat or patriotic attire. To sign up to walk veterans can call Doris Kovener at 812-793-2573.

Immediately following the parade the winners of the Photo contest and the Pie & Cake contest will be announced followed by the desserts being raffled off by auctioneer Terry Prine. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Jackson County Veterans Nursing Home Christmas Cheer Baskets. There will also be a box placed by the stage for donations. Items needed are lap blankets, toiletries, puzzle books, socks, Kleenex.

On stage at 7:30 p.m. is Country-Rock band Gun Fire.

Throughout the festival the Antique Farm Machinery Show will take place along Howard street. Kevin and Melanie Hoevener are once again organizing the event which promises to be one of the biggest displays in southern Indiana.

At 8:45 p.m. the drawings for various booth raffles will be announced from the stage. Winners will be able to take their prizes home.

There will be wholesome family centered fun for everyone as Zambelli Fireworks will provide a patriotic fireworks show. Robert Becker and Radio 96.3 WJAA will broadcast live starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday at Bard Street Park and will start the count down at 10 p.m. as Zambelli Fireworks lights up the Crothersville sky. Visitors are encouraged to come early with their lawn chairs or blanket, mark their spot and head to the festival grounds and enjoy the food and visit with family and friends. 3-D glasses will be available for $1 for extra enjoyment.

All information and applications for events are on the website, www.CrothersvilleRWB.com or like us on Facebook.

Handicap parking will be in the school Administration Building parking lot at the south end of Preston Street. Restrooms are located inside the gym entrance to the left.

The Festival committee recommends that you leave your pets at home, only service animals are allowed. Also, bicycles are not to be ridden on the festival grounds unless used in the parade.

The Crothersville Red White & Blue Festival Committee would like to thank our corporate sponsors, Aisin Drivetrain, Aisin Chemical, Cerro Wire, The Peoples Bank. Also, Bob Poynter GM, Rumpke, John Jones Auto Group and Radio 96.3 WJAA. Stewart-Hougland Funeral Home, Bryan Bowman Inc./Garlick Ford and Garth & Billie Kovener.

The festival committee encourages the community to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the events of the festival and visit with family and friends.

Festival Schedule Of Events & Who To Contact

Thursday, June 11

2:30 Baby Contest Registration, main gym

2:30 Little Mr. & Miss RWB Registration, auxiliary gym

3:30 Judging for Baby contest

3:30 Judging for Mr. & Miss Red White & Blue contest

5:00 Booths Open

5:30 RWB Prince & Princess Contest

6:00 Baby winners announced from the stage

6:15 Little Mr. & Miss Red White & Blue announced from the stage

6:30 40th RWB Opening Ceremonies,

7:00 Talent Show registration at announcers booth

7:30 RWB Talent Show, Robert Becker, 96.3 Master of Ceremonies

8:30 Paul Boggs Band

 

Friday, June 12

5:00 Booths Open

5:00 Crothersville Youth League Awards

5:30 Ko’s Martial Arts Demonstration

6:00 Country Kickers

6:00 WMPI Hot Van with the winning wheel

6:30 Grandview Junction

7:30 Real Country Music Show, featuring Ron Gaddis along with Sam Pate, Bobby Deal, Danny Lang and Dave Jackson

 

Saturday, June 13

7:30 FFA Breakfast

8:00 Jimmy Stewart Memorial 3/3 Basketball Tourney, Gym

8:30 5K Run/Walk, starting line at the flag pole

9:00 Booths Open

10:00 Cake and Pie registration, gym lobby

11:00 Photo Contest registration, photo booth by High School main entrance

11:15 Judging for Cake and Pie contest

12:00 Pet and Bike Parade, sign up in front of the stage

12:00 RWB Parade registration, corner of Moore & East Street

12:30 Jerry Zollman

1:30 Judging of Photos

2:00 Stars and Stripes

4:00 40th Crothersville Red White & Blue Festival Parade

5:30 Photo Contest and Cake & Pie contest winners announced

5:45 Cake and Pie Auction

7:30 Gun Fire, County/Rock Band

8:45 Raffle Drawing from Vendors

10:00 Zambelli Fireworks

 

 

Who to contact for Red White & Blue Festival Events:

Parade-Marion Gill, 812-523-1889

Veterans Walk-Doris Kovener, 812-793-2573

Baby Contest- Pamela Guy, 812-707-9247

Pie & Cake Contest- Sarah Gerth, 812-525-9709

Photo Contest, Sarah Freeman, 812-530-7093

Antique Farm Show- Kevin Hovener, 812-524-0372

5K Run/Walk-Tina Kilgore, 812-525-7351

3/3 Basketball Tourney-Rita Cook, 812-498-9475

Talent Show-Terry Prine, 812-523-3809

Pet & Bike Parade-Jessica Graff, 812-216-7893

Media Director-Brady Riley, 812-525-1399

Assistant Media Director- Chester Jones, 812-216-0050

Booths and general information-Sherry Bridges, 812-569-0407

Candidates File To Run For Town Offices

With the filing deadline less than two months away, both Democratic and Republican candidates have declared their candidacy to run for Crothersville Town elective office.

Historically, three local residents are elected to the town council, but an overwhelming vote of residents last November expanded the number of town council seats to five.

Democrats currently have four candidates seeking town council. They are Brenda Holzworth of 309 N. Armstrong St., Nancy Hopper of 104 Marshall Drive, Geoffrey Walker of 206 Central Ave., and Robert ‘Bob’ Lyttle of 515 Seymour Road.

Republicans have three candidates seeking town council seats. They are J.D. Woods of 501 Seymour Road, Jerad T. Sporleder of 304 E. Howard, and Chad Wilson of 105 W. Dixon.

Incumbent Republican clerk-treasurer Terry Richey of 411 E. Collman filed to seek election to a full term. She was appointed to the post in early 2014 when former clerk-treasurer Michele Teipen moved outside of the town boundaries.

Former Democrat clerk-treasurer Nalona Deputy Bush of 407 N. Preston St. has filed to run for that office this November.

Candidates for town office have until noon on Monday, Aug. 3, to filed their candidacy with the Jackson County Clerk.

If more than five town council candidates and one clerk treasurer candidate file to run from each respective party, then the party will hold a town convention where residents affiliated with the party will vote for the candidates to be placed on the ballot in the Nov. 3 municipal election.

Senior Citizens To Be Open Saturday For Festival

The Crothersville Senior Center, located at114 E. Main St., will be open extended hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, of the Red, White and Blue Festival offering rest and relaxation, free popcorn, bottled water and live music.

There will be hot dogs, chips, and soft drinks for sale and an indoor flea market.

Stop in and visit with your friends, visit the Red, White and Blue Festival and watch the parade at 4 p.m.

Flag Wavin’ For The 40th Time

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

For 40 summers there has been a patriotic celebration in the community of Crothersville. Neither downpouring rain, tornadoes, or blazing hot heat and humidity have been able to stop it. Dampened it, blew it a bit, made us all sweat; but couldn’t stop it.

The Red, White and Blue Festival began as this community’s participation in the nation’s bicentennial salute. In 1976 the original festival organizers decided rather than hold a festival over the 4th of July when every other community would be, the local celebration would be held during Flag Day weekend, June 14, in an attempt to draw more visitors.

The first festival was a daytime only affair that filled Howard Street from the school to nearly the stoplight. The only electricity was provided by benevolent neighbors who allowed extension cords to be plugged into their homes and permitted their lives and their street to be disrupted by food booths, flea markets, and people traveling the paved portion (and sometimes private yards) to enjoy the goods.

That first June festival was so well received, the volunteer organizers decided to see if a tradition was in the making and it was held a second year, then a third, and now for the 40th time the second weekend in June greets Indiana’s Most Patriotic Festival.

There are other festivals and fairs that have gone on longer, but 40 years is a generation in biblical terms.

At this time in 1976 Gerald Ford was president and Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter was campaigning for the job. The pump price of gas was 59¢ a gallon and a First Class Stamp cost 13¢. In stock market news, the Dow Jones hit a high of 1004. The first ‘Rocky’ movie was the top money maker at the box office and ‘Happy Days’ was the nation’s favorite TV show. Indiana University coached by Bob Knight became the NCAA Champions with a perfect 32-0 season…a record challenged but never surpassed. A pair of Steves (Jobs and Wozniak) developed what would become Apple computers in their garage. And the Crothersville Times was still four years away from printing their first edition.

For those too young, that was a brief history lesson. For those old enough to remember, it was a stroll down memory lane.

And the festival hopes to see both young and old strolling the festival grounds this weekend making memories of your own.

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