NEW PALESTINE – A look back at the history of New Palestine and three days of fun activities are on the schedule at this year’s 72nd annual New Palestine Fall Festival, organizers said.
The annual event is scheduled from Thursday September 9 to Saturday September 11 at the New Palestine Lions Club, 5242 W, W US 52, New Palestine.
While organizers say they will have food, music, a kids’ zone, vendors and more, they are also celebrating the city’s 150th anniversary.
Mark Kennedy, who has helped organize the Fall Festival event for years, said he hopes this year’s event will be bigger and better with an expanded children’s area which he hopes it, includes pony rides.
They also hope to update the town’s history book, which runs until 1971, and have it reissued in time for the festival.
“This is one of the projects we’re working on to celebrate the city’s 150th anniversary,” Kennedy said. “We are coming together with a group of local historians to do this. “
The theme for this year’s parade will also center around the city’s 150th anniversary, Kennedy said, and the parade will take a new route through the new South Hancock School District secondary road into and out of New Palestine High School.
They plan to use the new Bittner Road which leads to the back of the ENSP grounds as a starting point, then head north on Bittner Road, turn west on US 52 (Main Street), then head south and return to school. campus off Gem Road.
“We’re going to do a big square,” Kennedy said. “For years we have waited to have some sort of access to Bittner Road and now we finally have it thanks to the school district.”
Anyone interested in participating in the parade should start lining up behind the new ENSP complex around 10 a.m. The parade will then begin from east to west at 11 a.m.
The organizers are also running a 5km walk / run on Saturday 11 September which will start at the new Hancock Wellness Center. There is a $ 30 entry fee for runners and a $ 20 entry fee for the one mile walk. Anyone interested in signing up can visit the Lions Club page on Facebook and follow the links.
The festival will also be a good time to see entertainment with organizers having county cloggers, dancers, live bands and a DJ on hand to provide music. One of their most popular events, Purse Bingo, is available Thursday, September 9 from 6 p.m. The event tent will open at 5:30 p.m.
Kennedy noted that this is one of their biggest attractions with hundreds of people participating.
“We always have a lot of loyal customers who come to this,” he said. “The girls who organize it for us have it down to a science.”
While the city’s organizations have held events on Main Street this spring and summer, including the big Independence Day celebration party in late June, Kennedy believes people are still eager to get back to normalcy. and participate in all the fall activities that people enjoy, and that includes the NP Fall Festival.
“This is probably our biggest fundraiser of the year,” Kennedy said. “It’s a great way to end the summer and to go out and meet your neighbor. “
The festival was canceled last year due to COVID and despite the increase in the number of new COVID cases in the state, officials said the celebration should continue.
If you are going to
72nd Annual New Palestine Fall Festival
Thursday September 9, Friday September 10 and Saturday September 11.
Thursday, Sept. 9: festival catering, vendor tent, children’s area from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hand bingo and raffles at 6 p.m. Opening of the bingo tent at 5.30 p.m.
Friday September 10: festival catering, marquee, children’s area from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday September 11: start of the parade on the US 52 at 11 am; festival food, vendor tent, kids’ area, and live entertainment noon to 9:00 p.m. New Palestine High School All School Reunion 5:00 p.m. to midnight.