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Annual Whistle Stop Showcase to return

The fifth annual Whistle Stop Showcase will take place Labor Day weekend outdoors on the Georgetown Optimist Club grounds at 8260 S.R. 64.

Billed as a community heritage celebration, the event is put on by the Optimist Club, Georgetown Lions Club and Destination Georgetown, the Main Street group for the town.

Events will get underway Friday, Sept. 3, at 9 a.m. with an antique engine and tractor show, a crafters’ showcase and food vendors. There will also be a free lunch for seniors, age 65 and older, at noon by Destination Georgetown; reservations for the meal must be made by 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, by calling 812-951-1910. There will be bingo at 2 p.m., and a music festival, from 6:30 to 8:30, will feature Blaise Streets Trio.

The antique engine and tractor show will continue on Saturday, Sept. 4, beginning at 9 a.m. Other events throughout the day will include the crafters’ showcase, demonstrations, raffles, food, the Duncan Tunnel and Depot historical showcase and, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a llamas petting zoo.

At 10:30 a.m., there will be a youth tractor pull; contestants can sign up on site. At noon, the Georgetown Bakery is sponsoring a youth doughnut stacking contest; pre-registration is required to enter and can be done by calling 812-951-1910. Then, at 2 p.m., there will be a disc golf demonstration and putting tournament by Mister Hardware.

On Sunday, Sept. 5, activities will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning with a nondenominational service under the tents on the Optimist grounds at 11:30 a.m. (everyone is welcome). In the afternoon, two couples — one celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and the other their 25th anniversary — will renew their vows during private ceremonies. The couples were chosen from entries in a contest sponsored by Destination Georgetown.

The final day of the Whistle Stop Showcase, on Monday, Sept. 6, will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an open rod run car show, art classes for kids, a flea market, B3Q barbecue and a food court. There will be live music, from the 1950s and ’60s, from noon to 2 p.m., and there will be drawings at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. for door prizes and a Florida vacation.

Parking will be available at the Georgetown ball diamond with shuttle service provided.

For more information about the antique engine and tractor show, call Bruce Knight at 812-972-0503; for the crafters’ showcase and food vendors, call Kassandra Ramsey at 1-502-396-7892; for the car show and other general information, call John Beams at 1-502-418-9651 or send an email to [email protected].

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