Pal Wow returns for with new events
By Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]
The Pal Wow Fun Fest will return this weekend for its 13th year with several new events in addition to the past favorites.
“We feel like this will be our break-out year,” said Jerry Love, president of the Pal Wow festival board, adding that having The Crashers entertain a few years ago “really put the festival on the radar.”
Buffalo Trace Park, site of the Pal Wow, will open at 4 p.m. Friday to festival goers. There will be no gate fee during the festival.
“There is free admission, entertainment and fireworks,” Love said.
Many other aspects of the festival are also free.
At 6 p.m. Friday, tethered balloon rides will be offered and Chuck Edge will offer free wagon rides throughout the park until 8.
Registration for the Glow Run/Walk will take place from 7 to 8:15 with the race beginning at 8:30. Awards will be given at the conclusion of the race, at approximately 9:30.
“There aren’t very many night races,” Love said.
The first 200 participants to arrive Friday night (regardless if they are pre-registered for the event) will receive a glow-in-the-dark commemorative coin.
“It’s the first year for that,” Love said.
Coinciding with the race with be a balloon glow starting at dark, Love said.
Entertainment on the stage Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. will be The Remainders.
On Saturday at sunrise, the hot-air balloon race, a new event, will begin.
A car show is scheduled for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (registration will end at noon). Awards will be given at 3 p.m. on the stage.
Another new event, a disc golf tournament sponsored by the Southern Indiana Disc Golf Club, will begin at 9 a.m. There is an entry fee for participants.
Edge will return to offer wagon rides from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m.
Buffalo Trace Park will have its canoes and paddle boats available to rent from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the North Harrison Archery Club will have a range open for festival attendees to try their hand with a bow and arrow. Club members will give a demonstration from 2 to 2:30 p.m.
FFA members will host a pedal pull tractor event for youngsters on Saturday (exact time was unavailable).
Games and activities by the Morgan Elementary School PTO will be available to play for a nominal fee from noon to 6 p.m. The park’s petting zoo will be open during those same hours.
Also new this year will be the Rick Zabel Memorial Cornhole Tournament, with an entry fee for participants. This blind-draw tournament will begin at 1 p.m. At 4 p.m., cornhole enthusiasts are welcome to bring their own partner for tournament play.
At 3:30 p.m., the newly added parade will take place inside the park (so plan arrival/departure accordingly; Love anticipates the park’s main entrance to close an hour ahead of the parade). Grand marshal will be 92-year-old Pat Walker, a lifelong resident of Palmyra, Love said.
“She was selected due to the lasting examples of community service that she has shown in our area,” he said.
Among other entries expected to be in the parade are World War II veterans Delmond Ray Beyerly (Navy), Jacque Glenn (Marine Corps) and Tuck Lindsey (Army Air Force).
An emcee will announce each parade entry from the stage.
A fireworks show will light up the sky beginning at 8:45 p.m. (or dark).
Entertainment on the stage throughout the day Saturday will be the Morgan Elementary Talent Show (noon to 1:30 p.m.), Moonfables (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.), Neon Moon Band (4 to 6 p.m.) and The Rumors (7 to 10:30 p.m.).
Handicap parking will be available near the rear entrance of the park, but Love said the proper placard must be presented.
For more information, call Love at 812-972-1681 or Aaron Smith, Pal Wow board treasurer, at 812-968-9525.