By Nate Smith
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.
Daviess County Council approves tax abatement The Daviess County Council approved a 10-year tax abatement for a new manufacturing facility in southern Daviess County.
The abatement was for Apexx Enterprises, which will build a fiberglass filament plant south of Montgomery. The plant will create fiberglass tanks for the oil and gas industry.
Apexx owner Shad Truelove was present at a hearing for the abatement.
No one spoke during the hearing and the abatement was approved unanimously. Truelove said last month he plans to hire six employees when the plant is built.
In an unrelated abatement measure, the council approved the continued abatement for Daviess County Metal on U.S. 50.
Several additional appropriations were approved by the council, including $95,500 for a rental bond at the WestGate @ Crane Tech Park; $94,993 for a bond at the URS building at the park; and $221,293 for the bond at the Olon facility. All of the appropriations were in the 2012 budget.
The council also approved $30,000 for air conditioning repairs at the courthouse. To access the units later this summer, a crane will be used.
The council approved a $3 transfer for the health department. The transfer, in the department’s H1N1 fund, was for clerical measures and to even out balances.