LOOGOOTEE — The summer lineup of local festivals kicks off this week with the Loogootee SummerFest, beginning Thursday and continuing through Saturday. The three day event is jam packed with entertainment and activities for all ages.

On the agenda for each day are the kids carnival with $10 arm bands, ice cream social by St. John’s Lutheran Church, beer garden hosted by the VFW and a variety of food and craft vendors.

Thursday’s events include music by Zinsanty from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on the main stage. Once the music wraps up, the queen contest will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. Barefoot Sundays, who describe themselves as, “a group of Jesus followers who love to share and sing about his glorious name,” will play after the queen contest on the main stage.

The lineup for Friday includes the first night of the SummerFest Extravaganza Talent Show beginning at 6 p.m. Open to everyone for a $10 entry fee, the audience can vote on the winner for $1 per vote. The talent show will continue at 6 p.m. Saturday. Registration forms can be picked up at City Hall in Loogootee. For more information contact Karen Slaven at 812-295-6084. The audience favorite will receive a first place plaque.

Also taking place Friday evening at 6:30 will be the Knights of Columbus Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament and the Loogootee Fire Department Smoke House from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Breathing Room, a four-piece indie rock group out of southern Indiana that blends elements of prog, indie, stoner and psychedelic rock to create a fuzzy, airy, driving sound, will play at 8 p.m., also on the main stage.

On Saturday morning, a 5K run/walk will be held. Walkers will get started at 7:30 a.m. and runners will take off at 8 a.m. Registration is still open for interested in participating. The fee is $20 up to Friday and includes a race t-shirt. Saturday morning registration begins at 7 a.m. and is an additional $5. Age categories are divided into boys and girls with the youngest groups starting at age 4 and under all the way up to 70 and older. Medals will be awarded to first and second place in each running category; however, walking will be left to be its own reward. Contact Chris Bratton by call or text at 812-384-7169 or 812-709-0435 with any questions or to register.

Once the 5K wraps up, a golf scramble will take place at 9 a.m. on Lakeview Golf Course. Those interested in teeing off should call 812-295-5678 for more information.

If golf isn’t for you, a dodgeball tournament hosted at the JFK gym by the Loogootee Police Department will be at 10 on Saturday morning. Registration will be accepted up to the morning of the event with a goal of 20 teams participating. Teams of five with up to two sub players can register for $100. Entry forms and rules can be picked up from the Loogootee City Hall. All team members must be 16 or older, and anyone under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian to participate. It will be a double elimination tournament with a winners and consolation bracket. A portion of entry fees will be used as cash prizes for the winning teams.

A car show will also take place on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the form of an open cruise-in where anyone who’s proud of their ride is welcome to gather in front of Greenwell’s Hardware Store to display it for admiration and judging by Mayor Noel Harty and the SummerFest Queen. All cars, as well as other entries, are invited to participate in the SummerFest Parade that begins at 8 p.m.

Another attraction that is new this year and will be available every day of the festival will be sponsored by Big John’s Collision with proceeds going to PHACE Syndrome community research. At the “Bash For Briclynn” attraction, a person can pay $1 to bash an old car that will be located next to the main stage area.

Beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Human Society rib dinners will also be served and those who were disappointed about Odon’s Chalk Up the Town event being canceled due to rain, can check out Tri Kappa of Loogootee’s sidewalk chalk contest in front of Jolene’s on West Main Street on Saturday at 5 p.m.

The parade, slated from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. will be followed by fireworks.

Crafts, other vendors, and food on West Main Street will include quilted and knitted crafts by Sharon Sutton, Den n’ Dots sold by the Loogootee Choir Department, Happy Matt’s BBQ with fish, tenderloin cheeseburgers, and fries, slushies and rib sandwiches from the high school baseball team, games by Richard Igov and Alton Brown, frozen pickle juice, pickles, and walking tacos from Loogootee Pride Football. Snowie, the make-your-own snow cone stand will be available. LUMC will sell lemonade. The VFW is firing up their grills for brats and hamburgers. American Legion Post 120 will be offering fish n’chips, beer chips, and frozen candy bars. Charlie Bridgewater’s wood crafts, and Ron Gilbert’s Smart Coffee and Paparazzi Jewelry will also be selling their products at the event.

A few hours after the Chalk contest, spectators can enjoy the 2019 SummerFest Parade that will be held at 7. With no entry fee or prior registration are required, so all area businesses and groups are invited to join by meeting behind the Loogootee High School at 6:30 Saturday where the parade will organize and begin before making its way on the route through town,

Then, at 10 p.m. Saturday night, Charlie Ash will close down the SummerFest with the areas first public fireworks display of the season.

Entrance to the SummerFest is free, and it is recommended to bring lawn chairs to events if seating is desired.

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