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Everyone’s Favorite Week of the Year: Fair Week!

It’s almost everyone’s favorite time of the year: fair week! The Knox County Farm Fair is filled with lively events, good food, fair rides, and limitless opportunities to make memories with your friends and family. Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy the fair this year!

VU Pavillion

Kick things off this Saturday, July 14th with Mr. Speed and the Kiss Tribute Band Concert! Show time is at 8 pm. Tickets will be $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. New this year, there will be a beer garden serving beer, wine, and wine coolers with an entry fee of $2! Please bring your own chairs to the event.

Some other events taking place at the VU Pavillion are the Fair Queen Contest, the Tiny Tot competition, and various musical acts. For show times, entry fees, and more check out this list of nightly FREE entertainment!

Grandstand Events

Some of your favorite events are back this year in the grandstands! Events like the Tractor Pull, Hog Wrestling, and Motocross Racing. For more details, check out this full list of Grandstand Events happening this week at the fair.

Pricing for the Grandstand events are as followed:

Outside Gate Admission: Adults $3, Children under 12 yrs FREE

Grandstand Admission: Adults $8, Children 0-11 yrs $4

Food Vendors

What is a fair without the food? Prepare yourself to eat till you waddle with the full list of food vendors that will be in attendance next week. Some of the vendors include the Horse and Pony Club, Pronto Pup, and the King of Wings.

Daily Events List

Can’t make it to the fair everyday? Not many of us can! Be sure to check out these lists of events happening each day at the Knox County Fair! We hope to see you there!

Monday Events

Tuesday Events

Wednesday Events

Thursday Events

Friday Events

Saturday Events

All links are directed to the Knox County Farm Fair website. You can visit their full website here.

Celebrate Summer in Knox County!

It’s officially summer! How do you plan on spending the rest of those hot days in the sun? Don’t worry, Vincennes/Knox County has plenty to offer this time of year! Here’s a list of things you won’t want to miss out on this summer.

Night Under the Stars w/ Junior Rangers

Join the staff and volunteers of George Rogers Clark National Historical Park for this special Junior Ranger event as they explore the night sky. This event takes place on Saturday, September 15th at 7:30 PM

Nature Walk

Vincennes/Knox County is home to natural hiking trails that are unlike any other! Ouabache (Wabash) Trails features four miles of marked trails. Fox Ridge Nature Park allows the public a place to enjoy the natural world that inhabits the park.

Berry Picking

Blann Berries offers 30 acres of mixed berry varieties to insure a consistent quality of fruit. U-Pick or We-Pick options are both available for your convenience.

Eat Some Good Food

Choose from local favorites or popular food chains. We always recommend eating at one of our locally-owned restaurants. Here’s a list of our dining options!

Farmers Market

Come enjoy the Vincennes Historic Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings, now until October 27 at the Riverfront Pavilion. The Saturday market offers freshly picked produce from local farmers, local vendors, fresh cut flowers and some specialty “General Store” items. The Wednesday market hosts a local favorite Bobe-B-Q and much more!

Cool Off

Be sure to check out our Places to Cool Off blog post for ideas on how to stay cool this summer in Vincennes/Knox County!

Visit Red

Now until September 2, come to the Red Skelton Museum for a special exhibit to learn about Red’s major career breaks, his vacation spots and special keys to the city. This display can be seen during regular museum hours. You don’t want to miss this!

Ice Cream

You can’t forget about ice cream! Head over to Lic’s Deli & Ice Cream to enjoy one of their famous turtle pies, or check out Swirls to create your own frozen yogurt concoction.

Go Fishing

Camp Arthur and New Vision RV Park both offer stocked lakes to fish in. Camp Arthur has boat rentals available on site, and New Vision has its’ own bait, tackle and gift shop. If you’re looking for a more secluded fishing experience, try the public access areas along the Wabash River.

Take a Dip

Rainbow Beach Family Aquatic Center is a great public pool with water slides, concession areas and other attractions featuring a splash pad, wall climbing, and an activity center! This is the perfect place to take the kids and cool off.

Listen to Some Tunes

Live music can be found at The Vincennes Brewing Company, Café Moonlight, Old Town Players, Willies Pub and the Moose Lodge. Musical acts vary depending on the day of the week.

 

Looking for something that isn’t on our list? Be sure to check out our list of events so you don’t miss out on the fun!

Camping: The Ultimate Staycation

If you’re anything like us, summer is our busiest season of the year. Between running the kids where they need to go and working that daily 8-5 job, it can be difficult, not to mention expensive, to try and plan a vacation away from home. Luckily, Vincennes/Knox County has plenty of great campgrounds available to help you have the perfect weekend getaway, without having to travel too far.

Camping is good for the mind, body, and soul. It is important for you to spend some time in the great outdoors and soak up some Vitamin D, something you might not get a lot of if you spend most of your time indoors. Camping can help you sleep and also help you disconnect from your devices for a day or two.

Some features that our campgrounds offer are:

Fishing
Camp Arthur and New Vision RV Park both have stocked fishing lakes available. Camp Arthur offers boat rentals including paddle boats, as well as rowboats and canoes. New Vision has its’ own bait, tackle and gift shop on site for your convenience.

Stay Local
All three of our campgrounds are located within at least 20 miles of Vincennes, making any one of these locations the perfect place for a “staycation”.

Family Friendly
Camping is something fun to do with the entire family. All three of our campgrounds are family friendly, all having their own special attractions and events. Camp Arthur has activities such as paintball/airsoft and walking trails. Ouabache (Wabash) Trails has multiple shelter houses available to rent for birthday parties or family reunions, as well a nice picnic area. New Vision also offers picnic tables throughout the campgrounds.

Tent Sites
Ouabache (Wabash) Trails Park offers 35 electric sites, along with nine tent sites. New Vision also has tents and tables available on location.

Walking Trails
If you’re not looking to spend a whole weekend camping, but want to get outside and do some exploring, these campgrounds are still ideal for you. All of these campgrounds consist of large acre areas that are perfect for hiking.

The Vincennes/Knox County campgrounds each offer their own unique experience for people of all ages. We hope you enjoy your staycation and return home a happy camper!

Now in Season

Knox County watermelons and cantaloupes are now in season!  As well as many of your other local favorites!  Visit the Farmers Market at the Riverfront Pavilion on Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm or Saturday from 8am to 1pm or your favorite roadside farm market to get all of your in season produce.

Summer Bucket List

Summer is officially here and we have put together a Summer Bucket List for ideas for fun and entertainment.  There are also many festivals and events throughout the summer, visit our calendar of events to stay informed.  Enjoy!

Splash around at Rainbow Beach Aquatic Center.

Show support for your favorite summer sports team with memorabilia from FarmandSport.com.

Check out the authentic WWII German bunker and more at the Indiana Military Museum and relive the life of a soldier.

Watch the sunset over the Wabash River from the steps of the George Rogers Clark Memorial.

Find your funny bone at the Red Skelton Museum.

Shop for the best of Knox County’s harvested fruits and vegetables at the Historic Vincennes Farmers Market & bring home “Bobe-BQ” for dinner.

Treat your creative self and attend the “First Friday Art Walk” each month.

Pack your picnic basket and dine al fresco at Historic Fort Knox II.

The Melon Patch is a one stop shop for in season produce, gas, specialty gift items, fudge and the Delish Deli offers sandwiches.

Hike the trails at Ouabache Trails Park.

Pick up some farm-fresh produce or a delicious pie at The Big Peach.

Unwind at Windy Knoll Winery with a wine slushie.

Cool off with an iced coffee at I’Mpressed Coffee.

Beat the heat with indoor tours of William Henry Harrison’s Presidential Mansion, Grouseland and the Vincennes State Historic Sites.

Visit Prairie Acres gift shop for that perfect item and treat yourself to ice cream.

Cool off with a good book at the Knox County Public Library.

Take in a good play at the Old Town Players theatre.

When you are in the mood for something else, take in the area’s most exciting racing action at Lyons Raceway Park in next door Green County.

Summer Bucket List

With four weeks left before school starts search our Knox County Summer “Bucket List” for ideas for activities for adults and children to enjoy.

– Splash around at the new Rainbow Beach Aquatic Center set to open July 19.

– Enjoy an outdoor movie at the Fresh-Air Flicks.

– Visit Riverwalk antiques to find your next treasure.

– Check out the authentic WWI Army trench at the Indiana Military Museum and relive the life of a soldier.

– Watch the sunset over the Wabash River from the steps of the George Rogers Clark Memorial.

– Laugh at the Red Skelton Museum after Phase 2 is unveiled.

– Shop Wednesday Evening’s Farmers Market for fresh local produce & “Bobe-BQ”.

– Treat your creative self and attend the First Friday Art Walk each month.

– Pack your picnic basket and dine al fresco at Historic Fort Knox II.

– Hike the trails at Ouabache Trails Park.

– Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local “Farm to Fork” Restaurant, Prairie Acres.

– Unwind at Windy Knoll Winery with a wine slushie.

– Cool off with an iced coffee at I’Mpressed Coffee.

– Beat the heat with a guided tour of our William Henry Harrison’s Presidential Mansion, Grouseland.

– Visit vincennescvb.org for more local information and events.

 

Wheatfest

Head out to Wheatland this weekend for the annual “Wheatfest,” Friday, July 12 – Saturday, July 13. Enjoy great family fun and entertainment! Visit http://www.vincennescvb.org/events/2013/07/12#wheatfest-wheatland-in for more information.

Fruits and Flowers

The Fruits and Flowers Trail is in full bloom.  Knox County is listed on the trail.  Check it out http://www.fruitsandflowers.org/

The Fruits & Flowers Trail includes orchards, gardens, farm markets and restaurants that celebrate local homegrown bounty. Visit each venue and pick up a local recipe or gardening tip to take home.

Spring Wildflower Walk

The forecast for this weekend is great for the “Spring Wildflower Walk.” Saturday, April 13 from 11:00am – 1:30pm at Ouabache/Wabash Trails Park. No fee or registration is required. 11:00am, “Morning Wetland Walk” with Terri Talarek King on Trail #7, meet at Sacajawea Shelter House in lower park area; 12:30pm, bring your lunch and join the Southwest Chapter of the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society for lunch and a short meeting at Hedstrom Shelter House and 1:30pm “Afternoon Woodland Walk” with Mike Broz Trail #1, meet at Hedstrom Shelter House near park office. Enjoy the nature and beauty that has been preserved in this local county park! For more information call 812.882.4316 or email:knoxcopark@earthlink.net or check the park website, http://www.knoxcountyparks.com/

National Ag Week

It’s National Ag Week…this is a time to recognize the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives.  The National Ag Day program encourages everyone to: Understand how their food products are produced, value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy and appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.

Melon Acres of Oaktown is offering locals a chance to take part in their farm share program.  For a fee the program provides families with a basket of fresh locally grown produce weekly.  For more information on the program email whitney@melonacres.com