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Festival frenzy

There will be a frenzy of festivals this weekend, as Milltown, New Middletown and Palmyra each host numerous activities.
Here is a look at what each of the towns has to offer.
Milltown adds new events
Organizers of the Milltown Community Festival believe it will be one of the best.
New to the lineup will be a street art contest, bike tour, Indy Ducky Derby, ATV poker run, open mic and a crawl contest.
The festival will kick off at 5 p.m. Friday. The opening ceremony will include a moment of silence for longtime community volunteer Kathleen Roggenkamp, who passed away Sunday.
Other Friday events will include a cornhole competition (sign-ups will be at 5 p.m., with the competition from 5:30 to 10), the Little Miss and Master and Prince and Princess contests from 6 to 8 p.m., a flag retirement demonstration by American Legion Post 332 at 8, live music by Fat Cat and the Felons at 8:30 and an outdoor movie at the Milltown Mini-Mart, also at 8:30.
There also will be a beer garden behind the Legion hall and a bouncy house behind the Mini-Mart. Both will open at 5 p.m.
Saturday’s schedule will open with the Millwheel Bike Tour ‘ registration by Cave Country Canoes at 8 a.m. with the ride at 9 ‘ and conclude with a ‘gigantic’ fireworks show sponsored by Lucas Oil at 10 p.m.
However, there will be lots to do in between, including a cake wheel beginning at 10 a.m., a Baby Crawl Contest at 10:30, the Dagorhir Medieval Weapons Show at 11:30 and a demonstration by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources at noon. On tap in the afternoon is a K-9 demonstration at 12:30, tractor games and music by the Crawford County Community Band at 1, chalk art from 1 to 2, a wood carving demonstration by Paul Moon at 2, the Dagorhir Medieval Weapons Show at 3 and a car show from 4 to 7. The parade will be at 4 along Main Street, with lineup at 2:30.
In addition, a silent auction will be held inside the Legion hall from noon to 7 p.m. and entry to the Baby Photo Contest will be from noon to 6 p.m. in front of the town hall.
Evening events will include the beer garden opening at 5, a tae kwon do demonstration, also at 5, open mic from 5 to 8:30, a cornhole competition from 5 to 10, Six Guns Entertainment at 5:30, a hot dog-eating contest at the Mini-Mart at 6, the karaoke finals from 7 to 8:30 and live music by King Kodd at 9.
The Indy Ducky Derby will begin things on Sunday, with the green flag at 8. Ducks may be purchased at local businesses and at the festival.
A community worship service led by area pastors will be at 10, followed by a chicken barbecue at the Legion hall beginning at 11:30. A dog show will be at 1, and cat lovers will get their say at 2:30.
There will be face painting, games and food and craft booths throughout the weekend.
The festival, which was started about 10 years ago, is important because it brings ‘the community together and also allows for the town and residents to show the pride and spirit they have for their town,’ a spokesperson said. ‘It has become bigger along with more community and family involvement. A good example of this is when we added the Saturday evening fireworks show.’
Admission and parking are free.
New Middletown event Saturday
The fourth annual New Middletown Festival will take place Saturday at the elementary school beginning with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the New Middletown Lions Club from 8 to 10, with all proceeds going to benefit Christina Kennon, who was injured in a vehicle crash earlier this year.
A slew of activities begin at 10, including a parade and prince/princess contest, the oldest residents in Webster Township are to be honored, and food booths, arts and crafts booths, a flea market/yard sale, car show and tractor show. A silent auction also will start at 10 and end at 2:15 p.m.
At noon, there will be a peach pie judging contest and auction, hayrides beginning on the hour, kiddie car rides and karaoke.
There will be a lawn mower challenge at 1 p.m., which is also when registration for a cornhole tournament ends. The tourney will start at 3 p.m.
At 2 p.m. will be the bicycle rodeo, with two age groups (7 through 9 and 10 through 12), and talent show (ages 6 through 8 and 9 through 12).
The festival is slated to end at 4 p.m.
Pal Wow returns to park
Also a one-day event will be the second Pal Wow family fun festival Saturday from 10 a.m. until fireworks at 8:45 p.m. at Buffalo Trace Park east of Palmyra.
The event was created more than a year ago with a grassroots effort from local business merchants, churches, the Harrison County Parks Department, the Buffalo Trace Park Advisory Board and individual volunteers.
One of the planning committee members, Amy Birkla, said the number of food booths have tripled from a year ago.
Birkla said the idea for the event came about nearly three years ago out of the need to utilize the community’s most valuable asset, Buffalo Trace Park.
‘There has been tremendous support from the community not only in sponsorship but also people willing to help with various events,’ she said.
One of the highlights of the festival, Birkla said, will be the concert by the lake with The Marlins from 6 to 8 p.m.
The festival also will have craft booths, a cornhole tournament, boat races, Frisbee golf, a car show, community choir and more.
‘We anticipate the car show to draw quite a few more participants than last year,’ Birkla said.
The Palmyra United Methodist Church Holy Smokers will sell their usual menu items during the festival.
Admission to the park is free, with additional parking in the grass by the cabins.
For more information, call Wanda Gehm at 364-6971 or Birkla at 364-6192.