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Festival returns to Milltown


September 16, 2009
Following a one-year absence, the Milltown Community Festival will return this weekend, and the full schedule suggests organizers are hoping this year's event will be among the best.

Last year's festival was canceled after the remnants of Hurricane Ike blew through the area, ripping off roofs and even toppling some structures, just days before the festival was to begin.

With pleasant weather expected, this year's festival, in the downtown area, will kick off Friday at 5 p.m. and run through 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Special attractions and activities will include an antique car show, face painting, kids' barrel rides, horse carriage rides, beer garden, safety demonstrations, food and craft booths, dunking booth, baby photo contest, kids' games and activities, pumpkin decorating contest and farm tractor displays.

Also, there will be live music on all three days, with the bands No Xcuses performing Friday night and King's Cave and King Codd entertaining the crowd Saturday night. Plus, following a community outdoor worship service in the morning, several gospel music singers will take to the stage Sunday.

Those attending the festival are invited to bring lawn chairs.

Following is the complete schedule:

Friday

5 p.m., Festival opening

5 p.m., Karaoke contest opening round

6 to 8 p.m., Little Miss/Master and Princess/Prince pageants*

8 to 8:30 p.m., Flag-retirement ceremony (Cub Scouts, Milltown American Legion Post 332)

8:30 p.m. to ?, Live band: No Xcuses

9 p.m., Guitar Hero Tournament

Saturday

7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Yard sale

10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Antique car show*

10 a.m. to ?, Cake walk

10:30 a.m., Baby Crawl Contest*

11:30 a.m. to noon, K-9 police demonstration (presented by Milltown Marshal Ray Saylor)

Noon to 12:30 p.m., 4-wheeler, hunting and fishing safety, demonstration (presented by Indiana Department of Natural Resources)

Noon to 1 p.m., Otis Berry performing as Elvis and Hank Williams Sr.

Noon to 7 p.m., Silent auction (inside American Legion Building)

12:30 to 1 p.m., Snake Guy (presented by Indiana DNR's Jarrett Manek)

12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Slow tractor race and games* (for adults)

1 p.m., Six Guns Entertainment

2 to 3 p.m., Crawford County Community Band

2:30 to 4 p.m., Parade lineup at Milltown Elementary School

3 p.m., Six Guns Entertainment

4 p.m., Parade ("Hometown Pride/Patriotic" theme)*

5 to 6 p.m., Kids' tractor pull

5 p.m., Ohio Valley Tae Kwon Do School demonstration

5 to 6:30 p.m., Hot dog-eating contest at Carman's Mini Mart*

6 to 7 p.m., Karaoke contest finals*

7:30 to 9 p.m., Live band: King's Cave

8 p.m., Guitar Hero Tournament Finals*

9 to 9:20 p.m. Fireworks

9:30 p.m., Movie ("Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa") playing outdoors at Carman's Mini Mart

9:30 p.m., Live band: King Codd

Sunday

10 to 11 a.m., Community outdoor worship service (bring lawn chairs)

11:30 a.m., Chicken barbecue dinners sold at the American Legion Building

11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Outdoor gospel sing featuring: Alyssa Ransdell, Marengo United Methodist Church Praise Group, Sara Wilson, The Hansen Family, Bob Demaree and Judy Rhodes.

*Trophies or ribbons will be awarded.

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