Fest’s 5K switches gears, shows ‘Luv4Lexi’


HUNTINGBURG — This weekend’s Herbstfest will include the inaugural Luv4Lexi 5K Run/Walk/Bike, although the 5K is not new to the festival.

The Saturday morning race used to be the Trent-Singer 5K.

The families of Todd Trent and Gordon Singer Jr. have decided to pass the fundraising event to another family, after 25 years of hosting the race.

“The families asked if the Mattingly family would like to take the event to raise money for Lexi’s scholarship,” said Laura Whitsitt, Lexi’s aunt and one of the organizers of the event.

The event will start at 9 a.m. at Northside Christian Church, located at Main and 17th streets, and follow the same race route as in the past.

Lexi Mattingly, who was an active and well-loved Southridge High School student, died in 2017 from complications stemming from a congenital heart defect. She was 16.

The Mattingly family, of Holland, and others in the community have kept the spirit of Lexi alive with memorials and activities. The Lexi Mattingly Memorial Tournament is held in the summer for youth baseball teams. The family awarded the first Lexi Mattingly Memorial Scholarships this last school year, which would have been Lexi’s senior year. The two scholarships went to students going into the medical field: a Southridge High School 2019 graduate and another 2019 graduate from an area school.

Information about this and other activities will be posted on the Luv4Lexi Facebook page, Whitsitt said.

“That’s where we’re going to share love for Lexi, however form that transpires to be,” she said, “photos, news, current events.”

And now, a 5K event for walkers, runners and bikers will be held.

The event has been the Trent-Singer 5K for the past 25 years, in honor of Todd Trent, who died in a 1993 construction accident, and Gordon Singer Jr., who died in a military training accident in 1992. Proceeds from the 5K went to scholarships.

So far, more than 100 entries have been received for Saturday’s race, which the organizers appreciate. “I don’t expect all those people to participate,” Whitsitt said. “I believe they just want to help and be supportive.”

Those who want to participate and support can still register. Sign-ups will be taken on the day of the race for $25. Registration will start at 8 a.m. Some T-shirts are available and will be given out to registrants until they run out.

“We are planning on hosting this event for as many years the Herbstfest will have us,” Whitsitt said.

Another change in this year’s festival concerns Sunday’s parade. The parade will run down Third Street instead of Fourth Street this year. The change was necessary because Fourth Street between U.S. 231 and Geiger Street is under construction and closed to public use. The rest of the route will stay the same.

The 2 p.m. parade will start at Third and Van Buren streets and run west on Third to Geiger Street, south to First Street and east to the park.

The Herbstfest will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, noon to midnight Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, with the 2 p.m. parade being the only event on Sunday.

Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, some food booths will open for lunch.

Events requiring a button are Southridge High School’s choir concert on Thursday night, the Little Miss and Junior Miss contest Friday night, and the “Puttin’ on the Hits” show on Saturday evening. Herbstfest buttons can be purchased at City Hall or on the festival site for $3. Carnival rides can be accessed with a $20 bracelet.

Herbstfest schedule


5 p.m. Craft show opens at the main shelter house; food booths, Jumping Jacks entertainment and carnival rides open in the midway; beer garden opens

5:30 p.m. The Strings of Indiana Creek performs on the midway stage

6 p.m. Balloon artist with Hadi Funsters in the midway

7 p.m. Southridge High School choir concert* at League Stadium

9 p.m. Beer garden, activities and booths close


11 a.m. Selected food booths open on the midway for lunch until 1 p.m.

Noon Golf scramble at the Huntingburg Country Club

5 p.m. Craft show opens at the main shelter house; food booths, Jumping Jacks entertainment and carnival rides open in the midway; beer garden opens

5:30 p.m. Sparrow and Crandall perform on the midway stage

7:30 p.m. Little Miss and Junior Miss pageant* on the main stage

8 p.m. Eighty-Sixt band performs on the midway stage

11 p.m. Activities and booths close

Midnight beer garden closes


9 a.m. Luv4Lexi 5K Run/Walk/Bike starts at Northside Christian Church; kids relay adventure starts on pool entrance lawn; co-ed volleyball tourney at the sand volleyball courts

10 a.m. Craft show opens at the main shelter house

10:30 a.m. Yoga starts at the east shelter house; kids activities at the park entrance

11 a.m. Food booths open in the midway; BBQ and chili cook-off at the park entrance

12:30 p.m. Kiddie pedal pull starts east of the main shelter house

1 p.m. Grupo Guanaco band performs at the gazebo; Red Cross blood drive at the east side park entrance; wildcard march at the basketball courts

2 p.m. Horseshoe pitching tournament at the horseshoe pits

3 p.m. Jumping Jacks entertainment and carnival rides open in the midway; cornhole tournament at the basketball courts

4 p.m. Celebration Singers perform on the midway stage

5 p.m. Beer garden opens

5:30 p.m. Eryn Sommer performs on the midway stage

6 p.m. “Puttin on the Hits” show* on the main stage

8:30 p.m. One Night Stand band performs on the midway stage

11 p.m. Activities and booths close

1 a.m. Beer garden closes


2 p.m. Parade starts at Third and Van Buren streets

Unless otherwise noted, events are at Huntingburg City Park, at First and South Cherry streets.

*denotes that a Herbstfest button is required for entry; buttons can be purchased on site or at City Hall for $3 each.

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