Garden Gate gets temporary location at city parkApril 23, 2018
By CANDY NEAL
HUNTINGBURG — This Saturday’s Garden Gate Jazz, Art, Wine, & Craft Beer Festival will be in a different location than years past.
The event will be held at Huntingburg City Park, 203 S. Cherry St. Activities will be held in and near the big shelter house in the park.
The festival’s normal location in downtown Huntingburg is currently under construction, being transformed into Market Street Park. Construction is expected to be completed this summer.
“We are glad to be able to have the city park for the festival this year,” said Sara Schroeder, executive director of the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce. “But this is temporary. We very much plan to go back to Market Street Park. This is a downtown event.”
Wine samplings will be provided by Best Vineyards, Blue Heron, Easley, Ertel Cellars, Cedar Creek, Heagy Vineyards, Madison County, Monkey Hollow, Patoka Lake, Retting Hill, Pepper’s Ridge, Windy Knoll, and Winzerwald wineries. Breweries providing samples include Basket Case, Breckenridge, Carson’s, Dogfish Head, Dubois County Suds Club, Metazoa, St. Benedict’s, Salt Creek Brewery, Schnitz, and Urban Chestnut.
The festival will include an artisan market that will feature handmade goods from various crafters. There will also be food booths from local vendors Old School Café and Huntingburg YMI as well as Gypsy Moon, Pizza Revolution and Red Frazier.
While most festival events will be held in the park, activities will also take place along Fourth Street in downtown Huntingburg.
The Huntingburg Kiwanis Club will hold its annual car show on Fourth Street between U.S. 231 and Van Buren Street. Classic and antique cars, street rods, recent models, pickup trucks and motorcycles will be on display. Those registering vehicles for the event, which costs $20, should approach Van Buren Street from Fifth Street and look for the signs. Trophies will be awarded at 2:30 p.m.
Runners and walkers will gather at 110 W. 10th St. Saturday morning for the 7th Annual OFS Brands Huntingburg JazzedUP 10k & 5k, which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and costs $25 for those 18 and older and $10 for those under 18. The 10k will start at 8:45 a.m. and the 5k at 9 a.m.
Jazz bands will play at the Gaslight Pizza & Grill, 328 E. 4th St., Saturday night. Musician Jeff Crandall, owner of Birdland Music, will perform at 7 p.m. Wade Baker and his jazz band, On the One, will take the stage at 9 p.m.
Merchants, restaurants and bars on Fourth Street will also be open Saturday.
“Even through we are moving the festival to city park, we still hope that visitors still visit our merchants on Fourth Street and attend the activities being held there,” Schroeder said. “We hope they visit the restaurants and bars that will be open after the event. This does have a big economic impact on our downtown.”
General admission to the festival is $5. Those who want to have samples will be charged $15 and must be age 21 and older; that cost includes a souvenir glass. There is no admission charge for festgoers age 17 and younger. No coolers, pets, tents or large umbrellas are allowed into the festival.
Revenue from admission fees has contributed $35,000 to community projects. The Huntingburg Merchants Association has received $10,000 for an endowment used for beautification efforts along Fourth Street. And $25,000 has contributed to a Stellar endowment specifically for Market Street Park.
The main gate at Huntingburg City Park will be used as a drop-off for Saturday’s festival. Parking will be available in the park’s north and south lots, and there is some on-street parking and a limited number of handicap parking spots.
For additional information, visit GardenGateFestival.com, or call the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce at 812-683-5699.
Garden Gate schedule
8 a.m. Huntingburg Kiwanis Car Show opens on Fourth Street.
8:45 a.m. JazzedUP 5k & 10k run/walk starts at 110 W. Tenth St.; registration opens at 8 a.m.
11 a.m. Art market and food vendor booths open.
Noon Wine and craft beer sales and samples start.
12:30 p.m. Vincennes University group to perform on the main stage.
2 p.m. Olney Central College jazz ensemble to perform on the main stage.
3:30 p.m. Shawn Needham Trio to perform on the auxiliary stage.
4:15 p.m. Logan Dyer & Friends to perform on the main stage.
5:45 p.m. On the One to perform on the auxiliary stage.
6:30 p.m. The Cosmic Collective to perform on the main stage.
7 p.m. Jeff Crandall to perform at the Gaslight Pizza & Grill, 328 E. 4th St.
8 p.m. Activities in the park end.
9 p.m. On the One to perform at the Gaslight.
Activities take place in Huntingburg City Park, 203 S. Cherry St., unless otherwise noted.
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