BBQ contest highlight of Heimatfest weekend


FERDINAND — Festival season is in full swing across Dubois County, and the party will head to Ferdinand this weekend for the 22nd annual Heimatfest.

The event will be bring the town and surrounding communities together for food, drinks, activities and entertainment at 18th Street Park this Friday and Saturday. The events will kick off at 5 p.m. on Friday with the pouring of brews in the beer garden and stuffing of bellies at the food booths, followed by the Heimatfest official opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. Other events that will be held during the two-day festival include a beer keg toss; concert performances by the Linda Smith Band, Christine Nicole and Clayton Anderson; and the Heimatfest 5K Run/Walk sponsored by the Forest Park Junior-Senior High School track teams, among others.

A full schedule of events can be found on the Heimatfest website. The festival is free to attend, but some of the activities — such as the beer garden and entry in the barbecue contest — require a fee.

“It’s a great event,” said Neil Weyer, head of the Heimatfest Committee. “We’re not doing this for us, we’re doing it to give back to the community.” Proceeds from the weekend’s festivities benefit the Ferdinand Community Endowment as well as the Dubois County General Fund. Proceeds are also doled out to various Ferdinand organizations and sports teams, with the committee retaining enough for operating costs.

For the kids, inflatable structures will dot the area until 9 p.m. Saturday and a Ford Mustang outfitted with bubble guns will spew liquid sparkles throughout the parking lot at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. Cornhole will also be set up in the event’s family area, which will be located in the park’s parking lot.

Weyer noted that one of the biggest events of the weekend is the backyard barbecue contest, which will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Teams will be tasked with cooking chicken, pulled pork, brisket and pork ribs, and must pay an entry fee of $50. Free samples will be distributed to guests who purchased a Heimatfest button. The buttons can be purchased from banks and various other local businesses for $4, and can also be picked up at the fest this weekend. The barbecue contest awards will be distributed at 6 p.m. on the festival’s main stage — which is also located in the park’s parking lot — and the overall winner will receive a $500 cash prize. Ferdinand-based craft brewery St. Benedict Brew Works will also sell beer at the park.

Heimatfest will wrap up at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday with a free, two-and-a-half-hour set performed on the festival’s main stage by country singer Clayton Anderson. Anderson is a Bedford native and Indiana University graduate whose music video for his song “In the Dark,” recently debuted on Country Music Television. Indianapolis country singer Christine Nicole will open for Anderson at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s festival sponsors include MasterBrand, Access Storage Now, the Dubois County Tourism Commission, Dubois County Community Foundation and more.


Heimatfest schedule

Friday, June 16
Beer garden: 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Food booths: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Heimatfest opening ceremonies: 7 p.m.
Cornhole contest: 7:30 p.m.
Bubble car: 7:30 p.m.
Beer garden keg toss: 7:30 p.m.
Linda Smith Band: 9:30 pm. - 12:30 a.m.

Saturday, June 17
Heimatfest 5K Run/Walk: 8 a.m.
3-on-3 Basketball Contest at the 18th Street basketball courts: 9 a.m.
Co-ed Volleyball Tournament at the 18th Street volleyball courts: 10 a.m.
Bake Off Contest at the Ferdinand Community Center: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Food and game booths: 11 a.m.
Backyard Barbecue Contest: Noon - 3 p.m.
Beer garden: Noon - 1 a.m.
Horseshoe Tournament at the 18th Street horseshoe pits: 1 p.m.
Tech Tunes DJ: 3-6 p.m.
Meals catered by Gary Meyer at the Ferdinand Community Center: 5-8 p.m.
Christine Nicole concert: 6:30-8:15 p.m.
Clayton Anderson concert: 8:30-11 p.m.

Note: All events will take place at 18th Street Park unless another location is specified. All times pulled from

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