Heimatfest returns at new location


FERDINAND — The Ferdinand Heimatfest returns this weekend at a new location.

The festival, which will be packed with activities for kids and adults all day, will be Friday and Saturday at the Ferdinand Community Center.

Co-chair Neil Weyer said he expects about 1,500 to 2,000 visitors every year. The event will include many returning activities, such as the 3-on-3 basketball tournament and barbecue contest.

“For the most part, everything is pretty well what we’ve had in the past,” he said. “The big thing for this year is the move up to the Community Center, which we’re excited about. Hopefully the weather will cooperate, but if not, we’ll now be able to move what events we can indoors.”

This year, the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies’ Auxiliary will serve fried chicken dinners Saturday in the Community Center and baked goods made by Monastery Baked Goods and the Sisters of St. Benedict will be sold. There will also be live entertainment from local bands Keep On Trail, Studebaker and Eighty-Sixt.

Activities for kids will include games, balloon animals, face painting and a magician.

The Forest Park High School basketball team will host their annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament Saturday morning at the 18th Street Park basketball court. There will also be a disc golf scramble, volleyball games, a horseshoe contest and more.

The festival is almost entirely free except some events that require an entry fee, Weyer said. But donations are accepted, and the bulk of the money raised will be given back to the town.

“In the past and going forward, we’ve always tried to make a donation to the Dubois County Community Foundation and the Ferdinand Endowment,” Weyer said. “But we do also try and give back to our local athletic teams and various organizations throughout the Ferdinand community.”

More information, including event times and locations, can be found both on the Ferdinand Heimatfest Facebook page and at www.ferdinandheimatfest.com.

Ferdinand Heimatfest Schedule:


5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Beer Garden open

5:30 p.m. Disc golf scramble (registration begins at 4:30 p.m.)

6 p.m. Box Parade (registration starts at 5:30 p.m.)

6:30 p.m. Magic show

6:30 p.m. Keep On Trail performs

8 p.m. Pong contest

8 p.m. Studebaker performs


8 a.m. 5K run/walk and fun run begin

9 a.m. Sand volleyball tournament

10 a.m. 3-on-3 basketball tournament

11 a.m. Food booths open

11:30 a.m. Barbecue contest

Noon Car, Truck and Bike show (registration starts at 9 a.m.)

Noon Horseshoe contest

3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Beer Garden open

4:30 p.m. Kiddie Pedal Pull

4:30 p.m. Fried chicken dinners begin

6:30 p.m. Silly Safari

7:30 p.m. Eighty-Sixt performs

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