Area festival gear up for fall season
Grove among oldest in state
(August 2003) The 118th Annual Old Settlers Meeting
will be held Aug. 29-31 at Neavills Grove, located on Deputy Pike
about six miles northwest of Madison. The free event will include contests,
games, fellowship, food and entertainment, and is open to the public.
Its a big family picnic, said Bill Ford, a Neavills
Grove Association director and fourth-generation member.
A local tradition, the first Old Settlers Meeting was first held on
the last Saturday in August 1885 on the old George Neavill Sr. farm
in Smyrna Township. Then, as now, community residents converged at the
property to enjoy one anothers company and a day of recreation
on the farm. The only stipulations to the event made by Neavill were
that no alcohol or games of chance were allowed and that any trees cut
down during the festivity be replaced.
In June 1916, Neavills grandson, Edward Neavill, donated 12 acres
of the family farm to the Neavills Grove Association to be used
as community picnic and recreational grounds and to be preserved for
its historic significance and beauty.
In 1924, an additional eight acres was given to the association. To
this day, the property has been preserved as Neavill intended and the
event, now three days long, is still held over the last Saturday in
August. This years activities will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug.
29, with a spaghetti dinner, followed by a fiddle contest at 7 p.m.
The official opening will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. Activities that day
include a crosscut saw contest, bake-off, talent contest, old tractors
parade, horseshoe pitching contest, musical entertainment and a homemade
ham and bean supper at 4 p.m. A worship service will be held at 10 a.m.
Sunday, followed by a tractor parade and chicken dinner at noon and
childrens games at 1 p.m. Gospel music will be featured during
the afternoon hours. The family-oriented event will be alcohol-free.
For more information, call Merle Rowlett at
(812) 866-3367 or LaVerne Austin at (812) 866-4656.
of Peace festival has fun for families
The Prince of Peace annual community festival will be
held Aug. 22-23 on the lawn in front of Pope John Paul Grade School,
located at 221 S. State St. Festivities will begin at 3 p.m. Friday
with the opening of a midway featuring rides and games. A traditional
spaghetti dinner will be offered from 5-7 p.m. for $6 per person; $3
for children 6-under. The Shawe Memorial High School Band will perform.
The midway will open again at 3 p.m. Saturday. Other activities scheduled
that day include live music for 21 and under by the band Sulfate, gaming
tents and childrens booths. A chicken dinner will be offered from
5-7:30 p.m. for $7 per person; $3.50 for children 6-under. Both the
Pope John and Shawe show choirs will perform on Saturday.
The midway will be open until 11 p.m. both evenings. Karaoke, a beer
garden, and a food booth sponsored by the PTO will be available both
days. Funds raised from the event will go toward operating expenses
of the schools. For more information contact Sharon Rucker at
Festival to feature many local acts
band Pick N Time will perform
at the Bluegrass Festival.
A whole lot of pickin and grinnin will take
place at the Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds on Aug. 1-2 during the
third annual Great Free Bluegrass Music Festival. Sponsored by the Jefferson
County Bluegrass Music Association, the event begins at 6 p.m. Friday
and continues through Saturday night. The final band will take the stage
at 10 p.m.
Eleven different bands are scheduled to play at this years festival,
including professional groups New Found Road, Kentucky Blue, Pickin
Time and the James King Band. Other performers will include a variety
of local and regional bands.
Bluegrass music fans of all ages are encouraged to bring out blankets
and lawn chairs for several hours of quality entertainment each day.
But you dont have to be a die-hard fan to attend.
If theyre not familiar with bluegrass, this a good opportunity
to come and get acquainted with it when you dont have to pay,
said festival organizer and music association member Mike Brown.
The free event is made possible by the association. It was organized
about 10 years ago for the betterment of bluegrass music in the area,
according to Brown. The group holds concerts at the fairgrounds each
month, which typically draw around 300 to 400 bluegrass music enthusiasts.
Brown said the fairgrounds is the perfect location for such an event
because of the amount of space to spread out. Camping, with water and
electrical hook-ups, is available on a first-come, first-serve basis
for a fee of $15 per day. Parking for the festival is $2 per car. A
food court featuring Smokin Lizzie and KTs Hot Dog Express
will be open both days, and a Martin D-28 guitar donated by This Old
Guitar of Columbus, Ind., will be raffled off during the event.
For more information, call (812) 866-2826 or visit: www.bluegrasspro.com.
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