Dale festival this weekendSeptember 8, 2021
By CANDY NEAL
DALE — Dale Fall Fest Queen Grace Mangan and her court will greet visitors to this weekend’s festival.
The 53rd annual Dale Fall Fest will run from Thursday to Saturday at Dale Town Park. It will include music, food, activities and, of course, the royal court.
Grace was crowned queen at Sunday’s pageant at Heritage Hills High School. Grace, 17 is the daughter of Neil Mangan and Mary Mangan and a senior at Heritage Hills. She was also named as a top interview. Her court includes:
- Hadley Lytton, 17, as first runner up and a top interview. Daughter of Trey and Tara Lytton, Hadley is a senior at Heritage Hills.
- Annabelle Summers, 17, as second runner up and Miss Congeniality. Daughter of Rod and Marie Summers, Annabelle is a senior at Heritage Hills.
- Madison Smith, 18, as third runner up. Daughter of Steven and Theresa Smith, Madison is a freshman at Indiana University-Southeast.
- Chloe Johnson, 17, as fourth runner up and Miss Photogenic. Daughter of Clint and Tessa Johnson, Chloe is a senior at Heritage Hills.
The Dale Fall Fest’s theme this year is “Behind the Scenes Heroes.” The parade will emphasize the theme, as the grand marshal will be the Carter Fire District. The parade starts at 2 p.m. Saturday.
“This event always draws a large crowd and is especially appealing to children, who usually end up with mass quantities of candy handed out by parade participants,” a spokesperson wrote on fest’s website.
There will be various awards given for parade entries. Those wishing to enter the parade should emaili firstname.lastname@example.org with their name of entry, type of entry (float, band, horse, walking, golf cart, etc.), person to contact and phone number.
The annual Jus’ A Smokin’ Backyard BBQ will be held Saturday starting at 6 a.m. The event will be limited to the first 15 teams to submit their entry form, and trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in overall competition, chicken class, pork butt class, pork ribs class and people choice chili. For entry forms, go to Southern Indiana Butcher Supply in Ferdinand, email email@example.com or contact Mike Lee at 812-937-2510 after 5 p.m.
Several events are geared toward children, though anyone is welcome to watch and enjoy. A children’s pet parade will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday on the park’s large basketball court. Trophies will be given for the prettiest, most unusual, best pet trick, best dressed and best of show. There will also be children’s games 9:30 a.m. Saturday and a kiddie tractor pull at 6 p.m. Friday.
The Jackson Township Fire Department is hosting a fire safety smoke house from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday near the large basketball court. Firefighters will teach children how to exit a house fire safely, how to recognize fire hazards, how to stop, drop and roll and about the importance of smoke alarms. Artificial smoke will be used to simulate a house fire.
Several BMX stunt shows will be held at the fest. Wonder Wheels BMX of Indianapolis will perform two shows on Friday, at 5 and 7 p.m., and three on Saturday, at 3:30, 5 and 7 p.m.
Other festival activities include a Euchre tourney at 7 p.m. Thursday, the antique farm machinery display on Friday and Saturday, the annual 5K walk at 7 a.m. Saturday, a cake walk at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, a live animal show at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and the Carter Fire District junior firefighters challenge at 11 a.m. Saturday.
There will sporting events, such as a water ball competition amongst firefighters on Thursday evening, 3-on-3 basketball tourney and horseshoe tourney Friday evening and a Saturday morning golf scramble. People will also be able to enjoy the musical acts that will perform on the center stage and in the beer garden.
A grand raffle will end the festival on Saturday night.
For information, visit the Dale Fall Fest’s Facebook page or its website, www.dalefallfest.com.
Fall Fest Schedule
5 p.m. Carnival rides, beer garden and food booths open
5:30 p.m. Home Run Derby at community center ball park
6 p.m. Cheerleader and dance team performance at large basketball court; Water-ball competition on Wallace Street near Witte Feeds
6:30 p.m. Little Miss and Mister Pageant on center park stage
7 p.m. Euchre tourney in beer garden
4 p.m. Carnival rides, beer garden and food booths open
5 p.m. Wonder Wheels BMX stunt show on Wallace Street near Witte Feeds; Bomar and Ritter on the center park stage; fire safety smoke house next to the large basketball court; bingo at the northeast corner of the park; grilled pork chop and fried chicken dinners served
6 p.m. Kiddie tractor pull on Wallace Street near Witte Feeds
7 p.m. Wonder Wheels BMX stunt show on Wallace Street near Witte Feeds; 3-on-3 basketball tourney on large basketball court; horseshoe tourney on Brown Bros lot
8 p.m. The Strangers on the center park stage; Five Under band in beer garden
6 a.m. Jus’ A Smokin’ BBQ team registration on Brown Bros lot
7 a.m. 5K walk/run at former EMT building
8 a.m. Golf scramble at Christmas Lake Golf Course
9 a.m. Children’s Pet Parade on large basketball court
9:30 a.m. Cake walk on small basketball court
10 a.m. Grounds open
11 a.m. People’s Choice Chili judging on Brown Bros lot; grilled pork chop and fried chicken dinners served
11:30 a.m. Silly Safaris live animal show on large basketball court
Noon The Hagedorn Family on center park stage
2 p.m. Parade
3:30 p.m. 2 Miles Back on center park stage; Wonder Wheels BMX stunt show on Wallace Street near Witte Feeds; carnival rides open
4 p.m. Carter Fire District junior firefighters competition on Brown Bros lot; fire safety smoke house next to large basketball court; bingo on northeast corner of park; Seth Thomas band in beer garden
5 p.m. Wonder Wheels BMX stunt show on Wallace Street near Witte Feeds
6:30 p.m. Jus’ A Smokin’ BBQ awards
7 p.m. Wonder Wheels BMX stunt show on Wallace Street near Witte Feeds; horseshoe tourney on Brown Bros lot
8 p.m. Retro Shock on center park stage; The Juice Box Heroes in beer garden
11 p.m. Grand raffle
Events are at the Dale Town Park, unless otherwise specified.
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