Fest features food, brews and the blues


HUNTINGBURG — People are invited to Market Street Park on Saturday to enjoy food, brews and the blues.

The Haunted Huntingburg Blues Festival starts at 11 a.m. at the park, which is located in downtown Huntingburg. The fest will feature blues bands playing during the day, wine and craft beer samples, kids’ activities and inflatables, and food.

“The Haunted Huntingburg Blues Festival is the prime event to welcome Halloween, to welcome the cool fall season,” said Sarah Flamion, head of Destination Huntingburg. “It’s a time to enjoy some great blues music, enjoy the cooler weather and to get your fall/Halloween groove on.”

There will be plenty of music for people to groove to. The blues bands scheduled to perform are: 11 a.m. to noon, Birdland Blues; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Hog Maw; 2 to 3 p.m., King Bee and The Stingers; 3:30 to 5 p.m., Bleu Phonque; and 5:30 to 7 p.m., Boscoe France.

Alcohol companies providing samples include Basket Case Brewing Company, St. Benedict’s Brew Works and Patoka Lake Winery. Bottles of wine and pints of beer can also be purchased.

Food trucks will also be on site, from which participants can purchase meals. Restaurants that will be on site include Schwoeppe’s BBQ, The Pizza Revolution, Chino Taco (Chinese), Taqueria El Llano (Mexican), Old Canoe Slider Company and Meyer Bakery.

A VIP lounge, sponsored by OFS Brands, will also be set up at Old Town Hall and the building’s outdoor back porch. That will include two specialty cocktails, a complimentary tumbler, light tasting menu from Mama T’s Italian Steak House, comfortable seating on OFS furniture and a cash bar.

Also Yard Goat Artisan Ales, an upcoming brewery that will be established in Huntingburg, will serve samples of their craft brews.

Kid-friendly activities include the Zombie-free Kids Zone, which will have inflatables and children’s activities. The Huntingburg Public Library will also have a story book walk. People can walk down Fourth Street and read the story, “At the Old Haunted House,” on the windows of buildings.

The festival will run until 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., a free outdoor family movie, “Hotel Transylvania 3,” will be shown on a large screen on the park’s stage.

General sampling admission for the festival, which includes sampling alcohol, costs $10 per legal adult; a person must be at least 21 years old to sample alcohol. The admission price for a designated driver or a person under 21 is $5 per person; children 6 and younger get in free with an adult.

Family Admission tickets cost $15/family for members to receive the designated driver designation. If a person in the family 21 and older wants to sample alcohol, that person can pay and additional $5 to upgrade to a sampling admission.

Tickets for the VIP lounge are $35 per person before the fest and $40 on the day of the fest. A limited number are available, and they will be sold until the tickets run out.

Proceeds will go to Destination Huntingburg, for future community events and activities.

Downtown merchants are also hosting activities during the festival.

From 2 to 4 p.m., trick-or-treating children are welcome to go to the Bean To Sprout, Greentree, Around the Corner, Gehlhausen’s Flowers & Gifts, Serendipity Fibers and The Downtown Emporium for Halloween treats. Costumes are encouraged, Flamion said.

Saturday will also mark the end of the Fourth Street Crawl-O-Ween. In this, people are given a passport at a participating store: Bean To Sprout, Greentree, Around the Corner, Gehlhausen’s Flowers & Gifts, Lush Esthetics and Boutique and Downtown Emporium. People will search for hidden items; once the item is found, their passport is stamped. Completed passports are entered into a prize drawing. And additional drawing will be done for customers who spend a total of $50 or more at participating stores. Entries will be taken until the end of the festival and the winners will be contacted.

Merchants are also hosting Fall Harvest Days, which features sales, treats and refreshments throughout the weekend.

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