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124th annual Old Settler’s Meeting

The Marlinaires to perform at
Neavill's Grove Old Settlers' Meeting

Staff Report

The Marlinaires

The 124th annual Old Settler’s Meeting at Neavill’s Grove is planned for Aug. 28-30. This is the oldest continuous civic event in Jefferson County, Ind., to meet in the same location under the same name. The first meeting was held on the last Saturday of August in 1885. Since then it has expanded into a three-day affair on the scenic grounds in Smyrna Township, located six miles northwest of Madison on Deputy Pike.
The event receives strong support from the community and is open to everyone. The agenda features music, food, games and family fun. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Neavill's Grove is part of the old George Neavill Sr. farm. A Kentucky native, he built a log cabin on the hill in the present-day grove. Wyandotte Indians drove him off in 1812. He returned in October 1814 and entered 160 acres of land on which the grove is now located.
On June 1, 1916, Edward Neavill, grandson of George, donated and deeded 12 acres to the Neavill's Grove Association to be maintained as a community picnic and recreational grounds. On Sept. 23, 1924, he donated and deeded an additional eight acres to the association.

Following are some of the events planned this year:
• Friday, Aug. 28: Spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m.; Fiddle Contest at 7 p.m. with prizes in various age categories. No entry fee. A jam session will follow.
• Saturday, Aug 29: Opening ceremony at 11 a.m.; antique tractor display and working demonstrations beginning at noon; family games and contests at 1 p.m.; 12th annual Bake-Off Contest at 1:30 p.m.; horse shoe pitching and cornhole tournaments at 1 p.m.; Freddie B at the Keyboard at 5 p.m.; ham and bean supper at 4 p.m.; Indiana Boots and Jeans dancers at 6 p.m.; The Marlinaires from 3-5 p.m. and again from 7-9 p.m.; auction at 7 p.m. The Madison Bicentennial character will also appear throughout the day.
• Sunday, Aug. 30: Worship service at 10 a.m.; tractor parade at noon; chicken dinner at 11:30 a.m.; gospel music at 1 p.m. featuring The Mullins Sisters and Band.

• For more information on these events or the fiddle contest, call Bill Ford at (812) 866-2891 or Emogene Konkle at (812) 265-2240 or or LaVerne Austin at (812) 866-4656. Directions: Take Hwy. 56 west through Hanover. Turn right on Thompson Road. Follow signs.

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