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A July 4 Celebration: Music, festivals headline weekend

Harrison County will be home to numerous festivals and activities this weekend. From outdoor summer concerts, fireworks and parades to festivals, historic re-enactments and haypress demonstrations, there are many ways to celebrate this nation’s birthday.
Beginning Friday and running through Sunday is the fifth annual Indiana Territory Festival, a living history program devoted to presenting the history of the Town of Corydon and the State of Indiana. (See story below for more information.)
Also livening up the Corydon town square Friday is the Summer Band Concert Series, featuring the Kosair Concert Band. The free concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Spectators are urged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Later Friday, the Kiwanis Club will present its annual fireworks show at Old Capital Golf Club, located east of Corydon. This year’s firework display will be presented by Casabella Fireworks of Indiana. Free parking will be available at Corydon Central High School with free shuttle provided by Blue River Services Inc. The shuttle service will begin at 7:30 p.m., with the last shuttle to the golf club at 9:45 p.m. The fireworks show will begin at 10. (For more information about Casabella, see story at right.)
On Friday and Saturday, the South Harrison Community Development Corp. will host the seventh annual Spirit Days festival. The festival will begin Friday at the South Harrison Community Center in Elizabeth then will continue Saturday at South Harrison Park near Elizabeth. Highlights of the festival include a pageant, a teen dance, live music, a parade, a watermelon-eating contest, tractor pulls and a western re-enactment.
Activities will also take place Saturday and Sunday at O’Bannon Woods State Park, located west of Corydon, with Haypress demonstrations and Living Pioneer Farmstead Days. Re-enactors will make a 300-pound bale of hay using only an 1850 haypress and an ox.
Spectators can also stroll through the pioneer village to see how day-to-day life was lived in the early 1800s. Demonstrations will begin both days at 1 p.m. For more information, call 738-8234.
Turtle Run Winery’s Summer Concert Series will feature Corydon’s Dennis Hill on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m.
The Summer Concert Series is offered each Sunday in July beginning at 2 p.m. The winery is located along St. Peter’s Church Road, off S.R. 62 west of Lanesville. For more information, call 952-2650 or visit online
For more information about any of the these or other Harrison County events and attractions, visit or call 738-2138.