Civil War Re-Enactors Coming To Sesquicentennial

The Crothersville Sesquicentennial Committee is “busy-as-a-bee”, finalizing plans for the 150th anniversary celebration to be held in Crothersville September 11-14.

Some of the plans made in recent weeks are:

•Amherst Artillery, Civil War re-enactment unit from Richomd, IN, with Captain Ralph Downs and wife Mrs. Teresa Downs. Mrs Downs will give a fashion review during their encampment in Crothersville and Captain Downs will no doubt fire his cannon! Union Civil War units are being sought to even out the playing field. For a sample of their re-enactmnets, go to

•Wagonmasters Jim and Sandy Caudill of Crothersville will be giving horse and wagon rides around the west side of town during Friday and Saturday evenings, with help from a Medora wagonmaster on Thursday night, during the festival.

•Gary Needler is working on the Antique Tractor Exhibit, which will take place west of the tracks around the old Farm Bureau Co-op on Friday and Saturday of the festival. Needler can be reached at 522-6985 if anyone has an antique tractor they would like to show during the festival.

•Crothersville Area Revitalization and Development (CARD), the advisory committee of the Crothersville Sesquicentennial Committee, will be sponsoring the 5-K run on Saturday morning. Anyone interested in helping with that activity or in participating in the run should contact Tracy Karnes at 498-4448.

•The final fund-raising dinner “Hog Roast”, will be held at the Crothersville Fire Department from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, August 16. Nell Lewis, Buck Harris and the Country Ramblers have volunteered to provide entertainment once again. A silent auction will be held and commemorative souvenirs will be available to purchase. Desserts are in high demand and anyone who would like to donate their favorite dessert is askd to call Kim Jones at 521-6653. Also, monetary donations are gladly accepted and much appreciated at this point. Those can be arranged by calling Linda Seals at 793-2322, Brenda Holzworth at 793-2760, or Nalona Bush at 793-2311.

•The Queen Pageant Committee is busy with their preparations. Chair Vickie Byrd invites anyone with questions about the Senior and Junior Pageants to give her a call at 523-8048. Application packets can be picked up at Crothersville Town Hall and other buisinesses around town.

•All Crothersville residents who would like to show an antique or some sort of memorabillia from Crothersville’s past are invited to participate in the Heritage Hall Antique display to be held Thursday-Satruday of the festival. There will be no charge to submit items for the antique display. Anyone with questions are encouraged to contact Rita Ibershoff soon at 859-582-8697

•The Tomahawk Throw will be conducted by Don Greider and friends from Vallonia, near the re-enactment camp. Friday evening will be for practice only, with the actual Tomahawk competion to be held on Saturday of the festival. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medalions will be presented in Mens, Womens & Youth category winners.

•Cheri Dorsey is busy lining up the 4 p.m. Saturday parade for the festival. She can be reached at 793-3389 or by e-mail at:

•The public is reminded to keep checking for updates on all Sesquicentennial activities as well as clicking on the Helpful Links icon to explore your own local and family history.

The funds for the Crothersville Sesquicentennial Committee are administered by the Community Foundation of Jackson County. For more information, please call Officers: Rita Ibrshoff, Pres. at 859-582-8697; Donna Crafton, Vice-Pres. at 317-512-6143; Linda Holzworth, Sec. at 793-2760; or Linda Seals, Treas. at 793-2322.