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Milltown 3-day festival promises fun for all ages

The Milltown Community Fall Festival will return this weekend with more attractions for children, a larger antique car show, and, of course, plenty of musical entertainment, including a Friday evening performance from local recording artist Jerry Dale Roach, who will also serve as the parade’s grand marshal.
The festival, which will kick off Friday evening and run through Sunday afternoon in Milltown’s downtown, promises to have plenty of fun for all ages.
‘There’ll be more events for the kids,’ said Milltown Police Chief Ray Saylor, a member of the festival committee. ‘The antique car show is larger and will actually be on Main Street instead of behind the town hall.’
Besides the antique tractor and car show from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, the festival will include a kids’ inflatable fun area and a parade at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday that is expected to hold the attention of people of all ages.
‘This will be the largest parade we’ve had yet,’ Saylor said. ‘We’re expecting over 200 units in the parade.’
Among those scheduled to be in the parade besides Roach are the Crawford County Junior-Senior High School Marching Wolfpack and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. Horse Patrol.
Friday’s events will begin at 5 p.m. with an official opening. From 5 to 7, there will be a bake sale and a kids’ tractor pull. Also opening at 5 will be a beer garden for visitors wanting to quench their thirsts with some adult beverages. The beer garden will be open through midnight. Roach will take to the stage at 7 and will be followed by ‘Band Lyve’ from 8 to midnight.
The antique tractor and car show on Main Street will kick off Saturday’s schedule. From 1 to 5 p.m., there will be a silent auction in the American Legion building, as well as a cake sale. The parade will begin at 2:30, and a Festival Idol Contest will be from 5 to 7 p.m. A flag-burning ceremony to demonstrate how to properly dispose of the American flag will be held from 8 to 9, and will be followed by music from ‘Who Knows’ until 1 a.m. Plus, the beer garden will be open all day, from noon to 1 a.m.
Persons visiting Milltown on Saturday should note that Main Street will be closed that day at First Street to Legion Way, but they will still have access to the various downtown businesses.
The three-day festival will conclude with Gospel and Senior Citizens’ Sunday. Following a joint church service at 10 a.m., a full slate of Gospel musicians will take to the stage. National artist Faye Torma will perform from noon to 12:30 p.m. and will be followed by The Neighbors from 12:30 to 1:30. Heavenbound Bluegrass will entertain from 1:30 to 2, and then the Marengo Wesleyan Church will take the stage until 3. Sally Lasley will perform from 3 to 4 and will be followed by The Rainbows, who will conclude the festival at 5. Persons attending Sunday are encouraged to bring a packed lunch and a lawn chair.
Other activities during the three days will include a police K-9 demonstration, children’s fingerprinting, fire department extrication program and smoke safety house, Tae Kwan Do demonstration, a police department dunking booth, log-cutting contest and wagon rides. Plus, the town’s fire department will have a sledge hammer stress reliever booth to raise money for the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Also, on Friday and Saturday, Milltown Postmaster Melissa Murphy and her mother, Crandall Postmaster Freida Grant, who worked for years as a clerk at the Milltown Post Office, will offer a special stamp cancellation to commemorate the festival. The cancellation, which will only be offered those two days, was designed by local artist Tom Crecelius.
In addition, there will be plenty of food and crafts booths. Reservations are being taken through today (Wednesday) and can be made by calling Mike Lewis at 633-2338 (food) and Mary Kintner at 347-2464 (crafts).
Saylor said the festival committee will also have a booth set up where visitors can order a 2006 Festival CD. The CD, which will include more than 100 photographs of this year’s events, will cost $5, with proceeds going to the Milltown Community Fall Festival Fund.
The festival, which began several years ago as the Blue River Music Festival hosted by the Blue River Caf’ to recognize the town’s birthday with American Legion Post 332 getting involved, has evolved into more of a family festival over time, Saylor said.
The goal, he said, of the members of the festival committee is to make the event bigger each year with more attractions for all ages, and he believes they have done that this year.