Check your calendar: Saturday, Sunday are Old Cap Days
Last year’s Old Capitol Days was possibly Corydon’s biggest Independence Day holiday festival to date. This weekend’s Old Capitol Days will be leaner, but, with the weather on his side, Bill Brockman is hoping for an increase in attendance over last year’s scorcher.
‘If memory serves me correctly, there was about 6,000 (visitors). We would like for both days totaled to double that, and that would really make us happy,’ said Brockman, who manages the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site.
Visitors to the town square will find live music, living history camps, pioneer craft demonstrations plus an art and craft fair. A wide variety of food booths should satisfy everyone’s taste buds, Brockman said.
Old Capitol Days began in 1980 as Old Settlers Day. The name was changed in 2002 when the festival was moved from July 4 to the weekend. The event celebrates Corydon’s status as Indiana’s first state capital.
Corydon Capitol State Historic Site is one of 14 sites in the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Division of the Dept. of Natural Resources. The site is open most state holidays, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Information about programs and special events is available at 738-4890.
Though not affiliated with Old Capitol Days, the revelry will begin Friday night with a fireworks show at Old Capital Golf Club in Corydon (see schedule at right).
Parade entries will assemble at Harrison County Fairgrounds’ main entrance from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The parade is open to all and kicks off at 11 a.m.
Puncheon Creek opens the weekend’s musical entertainment at the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand at noon. The group was organized by Tim Frederic, a former Corydonian who writes original music with signature tunes about Jock’s Lunch and other familiar themes.
The Riverside Cloggers of New Albany will make what has become an annual appearance at 12:30 p.m. at the corner of Elm and Walnut streets.
‘I’ve seen other clogging groups. I’m no clogging expert, but they seem to do a lot of variations with it. They’re really lively,’ Brockman said.
The McIntoshes of Austin, a family gospel group, are attending a family reunion on the Fourth, but they’ll be showing family vocal unity Saturday at 1:30 on the bandstand. The group includes a couple and their son and daughter.
Sparkles & Spurs take the place of clogs at 2 p.m. at Elm and Walnut. The line-dancing group of about one score has appeared at New Albany’s Harvest Homecoming and the Kentucky State Fair.
Local country vocalist Kimberly Glyn (that’s her stage name) is back on the entertainment roster in the 3 p.m. slot. The Lost Mill String Band caps Saturday’s musical entertainment with bluegrass at 4.
Sunday opens with a nondenominational church service officiated by the Rev. Esther Wilson of Corydon United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. on the bandstand.
Gordon Ingle and two other First Capital Toastmasters will perform their annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at 11 a.m.
The UMC Choir and Lincoln Hills Worship Choir take the bandstand at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
Cherry and apple pie entries for the old-fashioned pie contest should be delivered to the Wright Interpretive Center in disposable containers between noon and 2 p.m. Their is a $5 entry fee and a cash prize with a value contingent on the number of entries.
Up and coming teen vocalist Michael Sanders brings his original Christian music to the square at 2 p.m.
Ezekiel’s Wheel, organized by Bill Mauck and Jeff Ketterman, return with their mix of country and southern gospel at 3:30.
Old Capitol Days will also include a number of ongoing events like antique car displays, pioneer cooking with samples, and arts and crafts booths.
And, of course, there are the exhibits that put the ‘old’ in Old Capitol.
Living history displays will be located behind the First State Office Building at the corner of Walnut and Mulberry streets.
‘Our camp this year includes Native Americans, re-enactors from the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812,’ Brockman said.
‘This is a wonderful opportunity for the kids to interact with the people they see walking around in the costumes,’ he said.
Costumed period craftsmen will be set up on the square and demonstrate a variety of pioneer skills and crafts. Included this year are a blacksmith, potter, weavers, tinsmith, leathercraftsmen, beekeeper, carpenters and woodworkers, spinners, quilters, basket and wooden bowl makers.
Friends of Corydon Capitol are presenting the event. Co-sponsors include Cesaers Indiana, First Harrison Bank, Harrison County Hospital, Waste Management and James L. Shireman, Inc.
Old Capital Golf Club
Old Capital Golf Club in coordination with Kiwanis Club of Historic Harrison County will host a 25-minute fireworks display Friday night by the company that brought Thunder Over Louisville.
Zambelli Internationale of Pennsylvania will light up the sky over the golf club at 10 p.m. or dark. The fireworks arrangement will be synchronized to music broadcast on WOCC at 1550 AM.
Caesars Indiana was the largest contributor to the $25,000 display (see advertisement on page 8 of the Flair section for a complete listing of sponsors).
Lawn chairs are welcome, but coolers, cans or bottle are not permitted. Parking will be available at Corydon Elementary School with a free shuttle bus provided by Blue River Services starting at 7 p.m. The last bus departs at 9:45 p.m.
Old Capitol Days agenda
11 a.m. Parade
Noon Puncheon Creek band
12:30 p.m. Riverside Cloggers
1:30 p.m. The McIntosh’s musical group
2 p.m. Sparkles & Spurs
3 p.m. Kimberly Glyn vocalist
4:30 p.m. Lost Mill String Band
10 a.m. Church Service
11 a.m. Declaration of Independence
11:30 a.m. Corydon Methodist Church Choir
1 p.m. Lincoln Hills Choir
2 p.m. Michael Sanders
3 p.m. Two-Man Saw Contest
3:30 p.m. Ezekiel’s Wheel band
4 p.m. Old Fashioned Pie Contest