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Weekend brings triple dose of festivals

A trio of festivals is scheduled for this weekend, with the Milltown Community Festival in the heart of the town and the Pal Wow at Buffalo Trace Park east of Palmyra set for Friday through Sunday and a one-day festival in New Amsterdam on Saturday.
The Milltown Community Festival will return this weekend with the opening ceremony, including the national anthem, and the opening of the beer garden Friday at 5 p.m.
New this year for the three-day festival will be the Riverside Classic Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call Jerry Summers at 1-502-554-8545.
Friday’s highlights will include a cornhole competition at 5:30 (sign ups will begin at 5:05), Little Miss and Master, prince and princess contests beginning at 5:45 (for more information, call Martha Hickerson at 812-633-4843) and a flag-retirement demonstration by the American Legion at 5:30. The Linda Smith Band will perform at 8:30.
A bouncy house for children will open at 5:05, and the antique tractor display, which will continue through Sunday, will begin at 6. (For more information about the tractor display, call Jake Mosier at 812-267-3020.)
A full day of activities is scheduled for Saturday beginning with registration for the 5k run/walk at 7:30 a.m. The walk/run, a benefit for the Southwest Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition, will start at 8:30. To register, go online to or send an email to [email protected]
Breakfast will be available at the American Legion beginning at 8.
Other activities will include a karaoke contest, to benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children, at 9 a.m. (for more information, call Stacy Bush at 812-788-1093); baby crawl contest (call Hickerson at above number) at 10:30 a.m.; queen contest (for more information, call Alicia Lutz at 812-633-7552) at 11 a.m.; Knights Hollow Medieval fighting demonstration at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Six Guns Wild West Show at noon and 2 p.m.; baby photo contest from noon to 6 p.m. with winner announced at 7 (Hickerson); parade at 4 p.m. (line up to begin at 2:30; for information, call Justin Barnes at 812-572-3108); tae kwon do demonstration at 5 p.m.; cornhole tourney at 5 p.m.; and a fireworks show by Casabella’s at 10 p.m.
Musical entertainment for the day will include Turner Corn at 1:30 p.m., Crawford County Community Band at 5:30 p.m. and Kirby Stailey at 7 p.m.
At noon Saturday, the bouncy house will resume, a cake walk will begin, the beer garden will open and bidding will start for the silent auction, which will conclude at 6 p.m. at the American Legion hall.
A community worship service at 10 a.m. will begin the day Sunday (for questions, call Paula Salisbury at 812-267-4538). The final round of the karaoke contest will start at 11, as will the chicken barbecue dinner at the American Legion hall.
A Ducky Derby Duck Race will take place at 1, followed by a dog show at 1:30.
The festival will conclude with the toilet race at 2:30 p.m. (registration will begin Saturday afternoon at 2; for more information, call Mike Mills at 812-633-4273).
For information about the food and craft booths and demonstrations, call Joyce Young at 812-633-4905. For general information, call Shelby Young at 812-633-4848.
Palmyra Pal Wow
The 2016 Pal Wow Festival at Buffalo Trace Park east of Palmyra will begin Friday at 4 p.m. (vendors will open at their discretion) and continue through Sunday.
Friday’s events will include the Pal Wow Festival fish fry from 4 to 7 at the beach concession stand; the Glow Run/Walk at 8:30 (registration will take place at the toll house from 7:30 to 8:15) and the run/walk awards program at 9:30 at the main stage.
Non-food vendors will be set up at the west end of the lake, while food vendors will be at the midway at the north end of the lake.
Events will get underway Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. with games and children’s activities near the basketball court, a tae kwon do demonstration at noon at the midway, the Pee Wee Choir at noon at the main stage and a wiener-eating contest at 3 p.m. at the main stage.
Beginning at 11 a.m. at the main stage, there will be live, local music throughout the day. Brian Elmore and Big Steel Train (sponsored by Leroy’s Restaurant/Papeno’s) will perform at 4 p.m., and The Louisville Crashers (sponsored by Blue River Farm Supply and John Jones Auto Group) will take the stage at 7:30.
The Louisville Crashers will take a break for the fireworks show (sponsored by the Indiana Bicentennial Committee) at 8:45 then will resume playing until 10:30.
Also Saturday, at the east end of the lake, there will be a car show (trophy presentation at 4 p.m. at the gazebo stage), bike show and tractor show. At the northeast end of the lake, festival-goers can experience the drunk goggles, while at the south end of the lake, at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m., the med-evac helicopter is scheduled to be available for viewing.
Sunday’s activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a community church service (attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair).
Contact people and phone numbers for specific events are: Friday Night Glow Run/Walk, Jerry Love, 812-364-6122; car show, Richard Dale, 812-972-9239; bike show, Wayne Johnson, 812-572-7408; local music, Paul Wise, 812-972-8342; and fish fry, Charlie Crawford, 812-364-4632. For vendor information, call Jenny Kirkham at 812-972-9518.
For more information about the Pal Wow Festival, send an email to [email protected]
New Amsterdam
The small southwestern Harrison County rivertown of New Amsterdam will have a fall festival event Saturday with a parade beginning at 11 a.m.
Craft, antique and food booths will be a part of the festival as well as historical speakers detailing the history of the area.
A horseshoe-pitching tournament will take place at noon.
The event also will include a hot-dog eating contest at 1 p.m. for those 16 and younger.
Wagon rides also will be offered.
The church will have a meal prepared with a free-will offering.
Join New Amsterdam residents for ‘good country fun and fellowship,’ a flier on the festival states.
Parade registration will be from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
To enter the parade or for more information about the festival, call 812-732-8151 or 812-732-4701. Interested attendees also can email [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.