As hard as it may be to believe, the end of July is rapidly approaching and that means New Carlisle is gearing up for the biggest party of the summer – Hometown Days.
The 12th annual festival is scheduled for Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31. In conjunction with the statewide celebration of Indiana’s bicentennial, the theme for the weekend is “Happy 200th Birthday, Indiana.”
The center of the festival action will be Memorial Park, as an array of vendors will line the walkways with an assortment of arts, crafts and other items for sale. Plenty of food options will be available to festival-goers, as nearly a dozen food vendors, including community groups like the Lion’s Club and United Methodist Church, will be serving up a variety of festival food.
Live entertainment will rock the gazebo all weekend. Headlining the lineup will once again be Down by the Dock, Brock and Abrams, and Elvis and the Sweet Sensations. Playing everything that rocks, High Five also returns this year, playing in the Saturday night primetime spot.
Fun and games will surround the park as well, with the inflatable attractions and bounce houses, carnival games, and laser tag providing plenty of activities for the kids.
Hometown Days will also be holding plenty of events around town throughout the weekend. The festival kicks off with a bang with the spectacular Friday night fireworks show. The sky will light up over the Olive Elementary football field at dusk. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks will be rescheduled for Saturday night.
The annual parade will make its way down Michigan Street on Saturday, starting at Noon EDT. This year’s parade is once again sponsored by the New Carlisle Business and Community Association. The parade route will begin at Dollar General on the west end of town and conclude in downtown New Carlisle. Parade entries will be accepted until Monday, July 18, with an entry fee of $10. Visit hometowndays.net for an entry form.
Down at the American Legion, the Car & Bike Show will run from 11:00am to 3:00pm EDT. Registration is free and is open to all makes and models. The event will feature door prizes and music, and the trophy presentation will conclude the day at 2:30pm. The American Legion will be holding a corn and sausage roast during the car show, with all proceeds going back to the Post. For more information, contact David Freet, 574-208-8267.
And of course, it wouldn’t be Hometown Days without New Carlisle’s favorite summer tradition, The Wiffle®Ball Championship.
Registration for The Championship remains open until Saturday, July 23, with all ages and skill levels welcome. Cost is $80 per team of four or five players.
Pool play will begin at 10:00am EDT at the New Prairie Little League on Saturday, with the top 32 teams qualifying for Sunday’s playoffs.
The final four teams will advance to historic Migley Field to play on Wiffle®Ball’s Grandest Stage, the Hometown Cup Finals. The final rounds are scheduled to begin at 1:20pm EDT on Sunday afternoon. More information on The Championship, including online registration, can be found at www.hometowncup.com.
About Hometown Days
In 2005, upon hearing about the discontinuation of the annual Historical Days festival, a group of citizens formed a committee to carry on the summer festival tradition. The festival was renamed Hometown Days. Now in its twelfth year, Hometown Days continues to provide a safe, fun, and family-oriented event on the last full weekend of each July.
New Carlisle Hometown Days, Inc. is a nonprofit organization. The steering committee consists of a group of citizens representing many area churches, businesses, and other nonprofit organizations.
The committee meets the fourth Monday of each month at Edward Jones in New Carlisle.