Fun in the Fall

September is fall festival season throughout Kentuckiana region

Every weekend offers something to do

September is a big month for area festivals throughout Kentuckiana, so here is a look at some of those not already featured separately inside this edition of RoundAbout.
• Rockin’ on the River festival returns to the Madison, Ind. riverfront on Saturday, Sept. 1. The day-long event features the River Run XXII car show that begins at 10 a.m. with more than 350 classic cars, muscle cars, street rods, antique cars, restored originals, motorcycles and special interest vehicles. The car show awards takes place at 4 p.m.
The festival also features live music by The Doctors Band at 6 p.m., followed by The Monarchs at 8 p.m. on the stage in Madison Bicentennial Park. Food concessions will be available all day. The event is free but donations are taken with proceeds to benefit the Madison Salvation Army. For more information, call (812) 265-4133.
• The Shawe & Pope John Summer Festival is usually held the last weekend of August, but this year it has moved to Sept. 7-8 at the school campus at 201 W. State St. in Madison, Ind. The two-day fundraiser features a Friday night fish fry from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and live music from 8:30-11:30 p.m. by The Louisville Crashers. Saturday night features a fried chicken dinner from 6-8 p.m. and live music from 8:30-11:30 p.m. by The Rumors. The event is open to the public.
There will be two $5,000 cash giveaways with only 200 raffle tickets sold for $200 each. To purchase a raffle ticket, call (812) 273-5835, extension 246.
• The Chelsea Jubilee marks its 152nd year and is planned for Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 at the park on Hwy. 62 in Chelsea, Ind. The event is billed as Indiana’s oldest festival. The festival includes arts and crafts, live music, games, food and children’s games. There is also a pedal pull, penny search, sack race, hay bale toss, water balloons and bubblegum contest. No alcohol or pets are allowed. For more information, call (812) 866-4178.
• The Commiskey Fall Festival is planned for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14-16, in Commiskey, Ind. The event features Redneck Olympics, arts and crafts vendors, a donkey race, parade, greased pig contest, cake walk, corn hole tournament and food. For more information, call (8120 873-6318.

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The entry to the Trimble County Apple Festival is adorned with fall décor.

• The Trimble County Apple Festival returns Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 8-9, around the Courthouse Square in Bedford, Ky. This will mark the 28th year for the popular local free event. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The event includes apple pie judging and auction, arts and crafts vendor booths, face painting, a quilt exhibit and raffle, apple cider relay, food and live music both days.
There also are pageants associated with the festival, such as the Mr. and Mrs. Apple Festival, Sweetheart and Princess, Little Miss and Mr. contests and Mrs. Golden Apple. New this year will be the Tiny & Toddler contests. Music on Saturday will be provided by the Trimble County High School Band at 1 p.m., Michael Jacobs at 2 p.m. and Luke Reinhart at 3 p.m. The Infinite Realm will perform at 4:30 p.m. Sunday music will feature Young Country at 3 p.m. The quilt drawing will conclude the festival at 4 p.m.
Vendors are welcome to apply for vendor space. Proceeds from the festival help raise money for local schools, and civic and community groups that support the betterment of the community. For more information on these events, call (502) 552-4362 or visit www.TrimbleAppleFest.org.
• The Canaan Fall Festival in Canaan, Ind., returns for its 54th year on Sept. 7-8. The event features the Pony Express Mail Run from Canaan to Madison’s post office and back by horse riders. The festival features food, live entertainment, children’s games, exhibits, flea market, and arts and crafts booths. There is also a parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. There will be tours available of the Kremer Museum and new this year will be a cowboy re-enactment show at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is free. Hours are 3-10 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.
For more information on attending or participating as a vendor, call (812) 839-3510.

• The Hispanic Cultural Awareness Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 15, around the Broadway Fountain in Madison, Ind. This free event, hosted by the Indiana Adoption Program, celebrates Hispanic culture with food, dance performance, exhibits and demonstrations. Hours are 4-9 p.m. For more information, call (812) 701-2821 or (812) 493-5062.

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