By Valerie Werkmeister
Plans are underway for Poseyville’s Autumnfest celebration and there are several new events that will appeal to the likes of all. The event will be held on the lawn in front of the Poseyville Community Center on September 29 and 30.
The festivities will kick off Saturday morning at 6 a.m. with the traditional Kiwanis pancake breakfast served in the community center. Breakfast will be served until 10 a.m.
New this year, is a 5K run and walk, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 387. A kids’ dash, for kids 12 and under, will begin at 8:35 a.m. followed by the start of the run/walk at 9 a.m. Each child will receive a participant medal.
The cost is $18 to pre-register through September 15. Entries will still be taken up to and on the day of the race at a cost of $25. Prices include a t-shirt. Anyone who isn’t able to participate in the race, but would still like to support the troop, can purchase a shirt for $10.
Registration forms are available on the troop’s Facebook page, Boy Scout Troop 387 – 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk or on the Greater Evansville Runners and Walkers Club website: www.gerwc.com.
The run/walk begins in front of North Elementary School and travels west on Fletchall Street, then turns north onto Lockwood Street and turns west on Stewartsville Road. Participants will turn around at a point just before Ramsey Road and return back to North Elementary.
Awards and door prizes will be given following the race and winners must be present to receive their items.
Food booths, craft booths and games will also open at 9 a.m. Many popular favorites from the past are scheduled to attend again including: homemade ice cream from the Poseyville Masonic Lodge; BBQ ribs, pork chops and chicken from Boy Scout Troop 387; homemade cinnamon, cherry and peach kuchens from the Posey County Women’s Club; marching tacos, nachos, hamburgers and brats or hot dogs from the North Posey Band Boosters as well as numerous food items from local churches. Anyone interested in having a food booth still has time to register and they can do so by contacting Jim Reynolds at 963-5700.
Local bakers, or chefs-in-the-making, can enter the Poseyville bake-off that must feature raspberries in the recipe. Items entered into the competition must contain raspberries. There is no cost to enter. Bake-off items should be turned in between 9 a.m,. – 10 a.m. on Saturday inside the community center. Items will be judged and awards will be announced at 11:30 a.m.
The Posey County Women’s Club will once again host the Little Miss/Little Mr. and pumpkin carving contests. Pumpkins can be real or fake and the competition is open to all ages. There is no cost to enter. Pumpkins must be dropped off at their tent by 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Local judges will choose the best three carvings and trophies will be awarded. There are no specific categories, so any designs are welcome.
The Little Miss and Mr. contest will begin at 1p.m. on Saturday. The event is open to girls and boys ages four through seven. All contestants’ names will be placed in a box one boy and one girl name will be drawn. The Little Miss will receive a crown and the Little Mr. will receive a trophy. Each will receive a $50 savings bond. Contestants must be present to win. Winners need to be available to ride in a float at the Sunday parade. Entries for the contest must be mailed along with a $5 entry fee to Kristy Schmitt, 9901 Blake Rd, Wadesville, IN 47638 by Tuesday, September 25.
Another new event scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday night is the Autumnfest Idol contest. Local singing acts 12 years of age and older are invited to enter with a $5 fee. Singers will perform on the center stage at the community center from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in channeling their inner Simon Cowell, J-Lo or Randy Jackson by imitating the American Idol judges should contact Kim Williams at 453-8341. The top three winners will be chosen by public vote. The judges will add to the comedy of the event.
Following the Idol contest, the Old Dam Community Band from Newburgh will perform a free concert from 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Inflatables will return and be open to kids each day. Various door prize drawings will also be given away throughout each day. Autumnfest visitors will want to be sure to enter for a $500 gift certificate for a trip to Nashville, TN. There is no cost to enter this give-away and the winner will be chosen at the end of the event.
On Sunday, a community worship service will be held from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Sunday’s highlight is always the parade on Main Street that begins at 3 p.m. This year’s theme, “Never Give Up”, will feature grand marshal, Heather Will, who was injured in an auto accident two years ago. She suffered a traumatic brain injury and has battled to regain her independence. She is a local inspiration to many.
The North Posey High School Marching Band will perform at 4 p.m. and parade winner trophies will be awarded at 4:15 p.m. The event concludes at 6 p.m. Sunday evening.
Anyone who needs more information about the Autumnfest, including schedules or entry forms can log on to the Kiwanis website at www.poseyvillekiwanisclub.org.
By Valerie Werkmeister
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