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Weekend Happenings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This weekend in Knox County offers something for everyone…

Vincennes Historic Farmers Market – Riverfront Pavilion, Vincennes

Come enjoy Vincennes Historic Farmers Market on Saturday from 8am – 1pm.  Shoppers can find freshly-picked produce from local farmers, vendors with artisan breads, “General Store” specialty items and much more!

“Moonglow” (Comedy/Drama) – Old Town Players Theatre, Vincennes

When: 8/24/2018 to 8/26/2018

Don’t miss this hilarious comedy drama at Old Town Players this weekend featuring two Senior Citizens who find each other and share their love of dancing!  For information and show times, please contact Old Town Players at 812.882.8269 or visit the website.

“Dutchtown Days” – Freelandville

When: 8/24/2018 to 8/26/2018

Don’t miss “Dutchtown Days” as Freelandville celebrates its German heritage.  The weekend’s events begin on Friday with a fish fry and musical entertainment and a jam-packed schedule through Sunday including a co-ed softball tournament, 5K run/walk and great food.  Grab your lawn chairs and check out what is happening the rest of the weekend!

“Arts in a Park Day”, Junior Ranger Event – George Rogers Clark NHP, Vincennes

When: 8/25/2018 1:00PM to 4:00PM

Bring your kids to the park!!!  At George Rogers Clark’s “Arts in a Park” Day Native American re-enactors will be demonstrating different arts and crafts, including finger weaving. Great activities for children include trying their hand at oil pastel painting using pastel crayons and baby oil to create the effect of a painting and bracelet-making using UV color-changing beads, and a lot more! For more information please contact Ranger Jason Collins at 812.882.1776, ext. 4.

Second Annual “Festival Latino” – Riverwalk, Downtown Vincennes

When: 8/25/2018

The Riverwalk will set the scene for the Second Annual “Festival Latino” on Saturday, August 25! Enjoy live Mariachis and Salsa Music, dancing, great food, vendors, information booths and activities for the kids. This event is being hosted by Wabash Valley Progressives. For more information, please visit for more information.

 

This Weekend’s Outlook!

Looking for some last minute plans for the weekend? Look no further! The Germanfest is happening all weekend at the Highland Woods Park! Searching for a fun event for the whole family? Check out the “Climbing, Clinging, and Grabbing” Nature Walk taking place on Saturday afternoon at Ouabache Trails Park! There is something for everyone to enjoy this weekend in Vincennes/Knox County!


Celebrate Vincennes’ German heritage at this year’s Germanfest!

The 46th annual Germanfest returns this Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11. Come out and enjoy German food, beverages, music and fellowship! The event will run from 6:00pm – midnight both nights at Highland Woods Park!

Family meals will be available inside the Highland Woods Community Center from 6:00 – 8:00pm both Friday and Saturday. Evening entertainment will be provided by The Prost Band, playing from 8:00pm – midnight both Friday and Saturday.

Admission is $5 a person, ages 21+ ONLY after 8:oopm! Germanfest serves as one of the big fundraisers for the Vincennes Catholic Schools.


“Climbing, Clinging, and Grabbing” Nature Walk

Some plants need to reach the sunlight by climbing up other plants or obstacles. During the “Climbing, Clinging, and Grabbing” nature walk, Terri Talarek King, master naturalist, will lead a casual walk to look for these plants and see how they accomplish the task. Join in on the fun happening August 12th!

Participants will be using Trail 7 at Ouabache Trails Park. You will first explore the wetland area and then an upland portion, which include some steep slopes. Magnifiers and insect repellent are recommended.

All ages are welcome! There is no registration fee for this event. Meet at 2:00pm at the Sacajawea Shelter House!

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.

Places to Hear Live Music!

Have you ever spent your weekend searching for something fun to do? Worry no more! There are plenty of places to find live entertainment in Vincennes/Knox County! We have put together a list of all the venues and restaurants that host live music over the weekends. Enjoy!

Vincennes Moose Lodge 281

If you’re a member of the Moose Lodge, you know they have Karaoke night every other Saturday from 9-midnight. This is for members only, but one may come as a guest of a member!

The Vincennes Brewing Company

The VBC has 2-3 live music acts a month in their upstairs bar! These acts play on either Friday or Saturday. Some past acts to perform here include Jasper Smith, Jared and Luke, Steve Fulton, and Roney Watts just to name a few. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for their rotating schedule of live acts!

Lasata Wines

On the first Friday of every month, Lasata has their “Wine” Downs event. The winery is open until 8PM with live music from 6-8PM IL time. No cover charge!

Willies Pub

If you love Karaoke, and are over the age of 21, Willies Pub is the place for you on Thursday nights! They also have a live DJ on Friday’s and Saturday’s! Come one, come all – Willies Pub is sure to have music for everyone.

Old Time Players

When the Old Time Players has a show in the works, they’re here to be your weekend entertainment. Their shows run on Friday’s and Saturday’s at 7PM, and at 3PM on Sunday’s. You can purchase tickets to their shows at Save-A-Lot, the VU Bookstore, First Vincennes Savings Bank, and Eyeworks. Prices vary between $4 for children and $10 for adults. Be sure to head to their Facebook page to keep updated on upcoming shows!

Photo Credit: Gavin Whitner https://musicoomph.com/

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!

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!

Places to Cool Off

Indiana weather is at it again, this time bringing us a heat wave. If you’re looking for a cold treat or somewhere to cool down, Vincennes/Knox County has plenty of options for you! Here’s a list of some places to go if you’re looking for something cold this summer.

Grab some frozen yogurt at Vincennes’ newest locally owned business: Swirls! They have over 15 different flavors of frozen yogurt and 38 toppings to choose from. A visit to Swirls and you’ll leave refreshed and satisfied.

Stop by Windy Knoll Winery for one of their famous wine slushies! They use a neutral base for all their slushies, so you can enjoy whichever flavor strikes your fancy when you’re at the winery.

Rainbow Beach Family Aquatic Center is sure to help you cool down on a hot summer day. They offer “Tot Time” for children five and under, as well as both open swim and lap swim. With attractions like “Misty Bay Spray Park” and the “Kid’s Cove Activity Pool”, Rainbow Beach is sure to help you make a splash!

Who says you can’t drink coffee in the summer? I’Mpressed Coffee has a menu packed full of cold, delicious drinks that are certain to satisfy your coffee craving. They offer coffee and non-coffee infused drinks. We recommend the iced caramel macchiato.

Head over to the Knox County Public Library for a quiet, cool location to take a breather. Bring the kids and check out the Youth Department to get them signed up for the Teen Summer Reading Program!