LOOGOOTEE — Loogootee Summerfest will kick off today on Main Street with carnival rides, food stands and other booths opening at 5 p.m. The queen contests will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Loogootee High School auditorium. The Veterans of Foreign Wars will sponsor a beergarden for those age 21 and over on each day of the event. Thursday the garden will be open from 5 p.m. until midnight, from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, and from noon until 2 a.m. on Saturday.
“This year we have several new events and more music happening as well,” said Jolene McAtee.
“We will have music beginning at 5:00 p.m. Thursday with DJ Dave and Linda on the main stage.”
The music line-up for Friday on the main stage also includes, Sad Sam Blues Jam from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Terry Lee and the Rockaboogie Band.
Saturday, the parade will step off at 2 p.m. followed by the car show at 4 p.m. and the Prairie Creek Blue Grass Band and the Linda Smith Band will be performing from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the main stage.
Also going on throughout the weekend will be Swartzentruber pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival rides and an ice cream social sponsored by St. John’s Lutheran Church. The event will conclude with fireworks on the main stage Saturday at 10 p.m.
Several tournaments and contests will be featured throughout the event. All of the activities are still seeking participants.
A 5K run and fun walk, poker run, golf scramble, Texas Hold em’ tournament, corn hole tournament, and volleyball tournament are all scheduled for Saturday. For more information on these events and a full schedule of events, contact the Mayor Noel Harty’s office at 812-259-4770 or find Loogootee Summerfest 2013 on Facebook.