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Trio of festivals this weekend


September 18, 2013 | 08:35 AM

With the weather set on near perfect lately, it makes for an excellent time to check out any —or all — of this weekend's festivals: the three-day Milltown Community Festival and the one-day Pal Wow Family Fun and the New Middletown Community festivals on Saturday.

Milltown's downtown festival will kick off Friday with an opening ceremony at 5 p.m. Also on Friday will be the opening round of the karaoke contest, cornhole competition sign-ups, Little Miss/Master and Prince/Princess Pageant, chili tasting and antique tractor show. The band F/X will end the night on the main stage. Registration for all events can be found at Maxine's Market and the town hall.

On Saturday, festivities will get underway at 7:15 a.m. with a 5k run/walk followed by the American Legion Post 332 breakfast from 8 to 11. At noon, the silent auction will begin and Six Guns Entertainment, a re-enactment group that has dedicated itself to the accurate portrayal of the American West in the late 19th century, will perform.

The parade will be at 4 p.m., with lineup set for at 2:30 at the Milltown Elementary School. The route will follow Speed Road to Poplar Street to Church Street, where it will turn right at Main Street (Maxine's Market) and follow through downtown and to the bridge. Disbursement will be at the campgrounds or across the bridge. Each entry will complete a short questionnaire during lineup to be read as entries pass near the "Great Green Lawn." A fireworks show, sponsored by Lucas Oil, will cap off the night.

Sunday will mark the community worship service led by pastors from multiple churches to be followed by a gospel concert. In addition, there will be a chicken barbecue, the Indy Ducky Derby Duck Race, sports challenge on the Great Green Lawn and a "toilet" race down Main Street.

Admission is free to Milltown's festival.

For more information, call Joyce Young at 633-4905 (food/craft vending); Curt Hudson, 267-3890 (parade entries); Martha Hickerson, 633-4843 (Little Miss/Master Pageant); and Amanda Bary, 633-4687 or 267-2958, (Princess/Prince Pageant).

The fourth Pal Wow Family Fun Festival will take place all day Saturday at Buffalo Trace Park east of Palmyra beginning with a basketball shoot-out at 10 a.m. (finals to be at 6 p.m.).

The event was created with a grassroots effort from local business merchants, churches, the Harrison County Parks Dept., Buffalo Trace Advisory Board and individual volunteers to utilize the community's most valuable asset, the park.

Jamie Hooten will provide music at 11:30 a.m. and, at 1 p.m., there will be a tae kwon do demonstration and music by Brian Elmore by the game area.

All-day activities include craft and food booths, face-painting, disc golf, cornhole tournaments, paddle-boat races, a medivac helicopter, trucks from the Ramsey and Palmyra Volunteer Fire departments, a car show and silent auction.

At 2 p.m., the live music switches to David Davis and canoe races will begin.

The Wiener King wiener-eating contest is set for 4, along with the announcement of car show winners.

At 5 p.m., the Community Choir will perform and the silent auction bidding will end.

The Rumors will perform at 6:30 leading up to the firework spectacular at 8:45.

The sixth annual New Middletown Community Festival will commence at 8 a.m. Saturday with a pancake breakfast benefit hosted by the New Middletown Lions Club. The proceeds will go toward renovating the Miller family home to accommodate a larger wheelchair for Dion Miller, 16, who has muscular dystrophy, Lions Club member Doris Bliss said.

Other events during the festival, which will last until 3 p.m., include a parade (10 a.m.), bluegrass music, 50-50 drawing, pony rides and a silent auction.

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