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‘Festivals & Events’ Category

2018 Knox County Watermelon Festival

The Annual Knox County Watermelon Festival is this Friday and Saturday at Patrick Henry Square, Vincennes, IN. The festival is a free two-day event filled with contests, concerts, and of course, FREE watermelon! There will be food booths set up both days of the festival. Be sure to stop by either Friday or Saturday for a great family-friendly event!

The festival begins Friday the 3rd at 5:00pm and on Saturday the 4th at 9:00am. The schedule will proceed as listed:

Friday

5:00pm – Vendor Booths Open

  • Food and craft vendors will be lining the street both Friday and Saturday.

5:00pm – Carnival Opens

  • Bring your kids down to Patrick Henry Square for some kids attractions and carnival rides!

5:30pm – Miss Amazing Pageant

  • The mission of Miss Amazing is to provide an opportunity for girls and young women with disabilities to build confidence in a supportive environment. Come out and cheer these amazing ladies on!

7:00pm – Free Concert by Jared & Luke

  • Jared & Luke are a Knox Co. favorite! Be sure to stay for their show Friday night.

Saturday

10:00am – Baby/Toddler Contest

  • All babies are cute, but sign your baby or toddler up for the Baby/Toddler contest to kick off the festival Saturday morning.

1:30pm – 3:30pm – Free Concert by Heath Eric & Molly G

  • Heath & Molly present a professional, passionate, and authentic blend of Rock and Americana. You won’t want to miss this performance!

3:30pm – Seed Spitting Contest

  • Think you can spit watermelon seeds further than your friend? Bring your competition and spit those seeds as far as you can!

4:30pm – Pet Contest

  • Do you have the cutest pet in Knox County? Be sure to register for the Cutest Pet Contest! All proceeds go to the Vincennes Animal Shelter.

6:00pm – Miss Watermelon Pageant

  • The purpose behind this pageant is to award on deserving female high school student a one-time $500 scholarship for their chosen field. This scholarship is made possible by the Illiana Watermelon Association.

The Farbest Foods BBQ Grill Off will take place all day on Saturday.

  • Think you’re BBQ is the best of the best? Test your skills at the Farbest Foods Grill Off!

 

Also be sure to check out The Vincennes Brewing Co. this weekend! They will be releasing their Watermelon Wheat Beer that is made with melons from Mouzin Brothers and helped made by the Knox County Home Brewers Association.

For more information on how to enter these contests, check out the official 2018 Knox County Watermelon Festival page on Facebook, hosted by the Knox County Chamber of Commerce!

13th Annual Red Skelton Festival!

The 13th Annual Red Skelton Festival is this Saturday, July 21st at the Red Skelton Museum. Join us in celebrating the comedy genius that was Red Skelton. Festivities begin on Friday at 6pm.

Friday

6pm –

A VIP Meet and Greet Reception with Mrs. Lothian Skelton will be held from 6-7pm in the museum gallery including appetizers, iced tea and lemonade. The tickets can be purchased for $20 here, but hurry because only 60 tickets will be sold!

7pm –

The Red Skelton – America’s Clown Award will be presented to this years winner, Carol Burnett via video acceptance on Friday night at 7pm.

7:15pm –

A family friendly comedy show it to follow with John Pate. Through the years of 1991-1997, Pate performed with Red who called him “The funniest young comedian I know!” this performance is at The Red with $10 admission; $5 for kids 12 and under. You may get tickets for this show here!

Saturday

10am –

Begin the day off with a Beginner Balloon Twisting Clinic. You can register online for $10 here.

11am –

Be sure to get your seat for one of the funnest parades that Vincennes has to offer! The parade will run down Main Street and finish up at the Red Skelton Museum.

11:45am –

Storyteller, Stephanie Holman, will be presenting “Red Skelton: Good Night and May God Bless.” at the Lab Theater.

12pm –

Enjoy stage performances with the Clowns and Camp Kids directly after.

1pm –

Do you love donuts? Join in on the Donut Eating Contest at the Outdoor Stage.

1:30pm –

Catch John Pate in action again for Remembering Red at the Lab Theater.

2pm –

A crowd favorite, the Bath Tub Race will take place on Red Skelton Boulevard.

3pm –

The day ends with the Clown Band Performance on the Circle at 3pm. The museum will close shortly after, at 5pm.

You may purchase a festival button for $5, which is good for museum entry on Saturday the 21st.

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.

4th of July Happenings

Are you looking for last minute plans for the 4th? Look no further. Vincennes/Knox County will be jam-packed with events going on all across town, so be sure to get out there and celebrate!

The Vincennes Brewing Company

Come celebrate America’s birthday with the VBC! They open at 11AM and stay open until midnight with special food and drink specials. Their modified menu will have items like pulled pork sandwiches, chili (beer) cheese dogs, hot dogs, potato salad, and coleslaw!

Old Chicago Vincennes

New to Vincennes, Old Chicago will host Mank & Sass on Wednesday, July 4th at 9PM. Mank & Sass are sure to steal hearts and blow minds with their acoustic funk/blues duo. Come for the music, stay for the food.

4th of July Parade & Fireworks Display

The Annual 4th of July Parade and Fireworks in Downtown Vincennes is back! Everyone is invited to come watch the parade make its way through town beginning at 6PM. Starting at Second and Harts Streets, travel on Hart to Seventh Street, continuing on Seventh to Main Street, down Main to Second Street, and then right on Second to pass the reviewing stand at the Old State Bank. Fireworks will begin at dusk!

Fourth of July “After Parade Social” at Grouseland, William Henry Harrison Mansion

Keep the celebration rolling and bring family, and your appetite, to the William Henry Harrison’s Mansion after the parade! Grouseland will be selling pulled pork sandwich meals and the Lions Club will have ice cream available for sale. Stay and watch the fireworks from the lawn of this historic home!

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!

Vincennes Rendezvous

The 42nd Annual Rendezvous will be held next weekend on May 26-27, 2018. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the American Revolutionary War period! This year’s theme is the French Marines. All of the old favorites are back including Creek Fried Potatoes, the Amazing Budabi Brothers jugglers and more!

New this year is a French citizen of Vincennes camp who will portray the early French of Vincennes. This will also include some French Marines who were the military force on the frontier. Vincennes founder Sieur de Vincennes was a French Marine officer and a statue will be dedicated in his honor on Saturday at 2pm on the Riverwalk located at 1st and Main Streets.

Battle re-enactments will be held on Saturday at 1pm and 4pm and on Sunday at noon and 3:30pm.

The ever popular candlelight tours of Grouseland and the Vincennes State Historic Sites will take place on Saturday evening.

Two day advance buttons can be purchased at the Visitors Bureau, Chamber of Commerce and local banks. Buttons also serve as a pass for shuttle service to the State Historic Sites and Grouseland during the event.

For more information visit, https://www.spiritofvincennes.org/

National Tourism Week

National Travel and Tourism week is held annually the first full week of May and is celebrated locally with an event to bring awareness of the importance of tourism in our community.  The Vincennes/Knox County Visitors Bureau is participating in the Indiana Office of Tourism Development’s Visit Indiana Week.  The Indiana Military Museum and Red Skelton Museum are offering discounts during the week to encourage travelers to get out and discover our local attractions during Museum Monday.  Find out more about Visit Indiana Week at visitindiana.com.

The Vincennes/Knox County Visitors and Tourism Bureau has partnered with the Vincennes/Knox Preservation Foundation, INVin and the Knox County Chamber of Commerce for a Chamber After Hours on Thursday, May 10th.  The event is held in honor of National Travel and Tourism Week and Preservation month.  A guided architecture tour of Main Street will begin at the Knox County Courthouse, proceed down to Main Street and conclude at the Riverwalk with a reception and live music.  Walking tours start at 5pm and 5:30pm and a carriage tour sponsored by Old National Bank will begin at 5:15pm.  The reception will begin at 5:30pm and conclude at 7pm.  Please join us for this event!

Knox County hosted just over a million visitors according to our most recent tourism economic impact study.  Furthermore, the tourism and travel industry contributed $81.1 million to the local economy.

New Years Eve Drop

On New Years Eve 18 watermelons will fall to the splatform at the stoke of midnight followed by fireworks at the Watermelon Drop in Vincennes!  Located on Patrick Henry Square at First and Main Streets, the celebration will feature music by The Coatney’s, led by Casey James Coatney, beginning at 9 p.m. in a giant heated tent.  Bring your friends and family to ring in the new year!

Santa Claus is coming to town…

 

Looking to see the big guy himself?  We have compiled a list of places and times that you can visit St. Nick.

Indiana Military Museum on Saturday, December 2nd from 3pm to 5pm

South Knox Craft Show at South Knox Elementary on Saturday, December 9th 10am to 2pm

Blue Jeans Center in Monroe City on Friday, December 15th at 6pm

Ouabache Trails Park on December 15th and 16th 6pm to 9:30pm

Red Skelton Museum on Sunday, December 17th from noon until 5pm

 

Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas season!

Kick off the Holiday Season this Weekend

Main Street and downtown business windows have been decked for the season in preparation of the Christmas Stroll!  Plan to attend the “Parade of Lights” on Friday night at 6:30pm.  The parade most anticipated entry is Santa himself!  Directly after the parade children can visit with him and have their photo taken at Thursday Church. Downtown merchants will stay open late so you can shop your Christmas list while enjoying refreshments.

On Saturday, have “Breakfast with Santa” at the Old Cathedral Parish Center from 8am to 11am.  Santa will be available to hear the children’s Christmas wish list and for photos.  Bundle up and take a carriage ride with Santa, board at 5th & Main Streets, from 11am to 2pm.  Participating Main Street merchants are offering the annual “Recipe Walk”, visit their store to sample their favorite recipe and pick up the recipe card.