Bacon: Celebrate, support the community

Friday, September 27, 2019

Show your support for our community and state this fall by attending one of the many events, fairs and festivals in our area. Not only are these events fun, but they also help raise money for worthwhile causes, like scholarships for students from our community, and support the economy.

Upcoming festivals and events include the Square Flare, Ghostly Stroll and Harvest Festival, Oktoberfest at the Spencer County Fairgrounds and the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival. Help celebrate the changing of the seasons, and give thanks for this year’s harvest and blessings.

Boonville hosts the Square Flare Oct. 12 to raise money for scholarships benefiting Boonville High School Seniors. The free family event features a barbecue cook-off, games, pumpkins, live music and more.

Don’t forget about the Ghostly Stroll and Harvest Festival on Oct. 26, also in Boonville. Come celebrate the autumn festival and enjoy live music, games for kids and a fall farmers market. Wear your best Halloween costume, and take part in the parade.

Get in the season spirit during Oktoberfest at the Spencer County Fairgrounds on Oct. 19. There will be an auction and demolition derby, with every child picking out a free pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.

The West Side Nut Club Fall Festival in Evansville occurs Oct. 7-12. This event attracts over 200,000 visitors and is considered to be one of the largest street festivals in the United States. Come for the rides, parade, music, food and a guaranteed good time.

In addition to our local fall festivals, there are many great activities to participate in and places to visit around our state. Indiana offers many travel destinations, and we are fortunate to live in a state with rich culture, natural beauty and exciting events. More information on fun outings throughout the state, including a 2019 Festival Guide, can be found online at

Travel and tourism heighten cultural awareness, help create a sense of place for a community, and can provide shared experiences to connect friends and families across generations. The industry supports over 242,000 jobs, and contributes $12.2 billion in spending by visitors to Indiana’s economy.

Autumn is an exciting time in Indiana, and the many festivals and events are perfect opportunities to contribute to our community and local economy. I hope to see you out and about.


State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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