Herbstfest celebrating 40 years

Herald file photos by Marlena Sloss
Carnival rides light up the evening at the Herbstfest in Huntingburg on Sept. 28, 2019.


HUNTINGBURG — This year is the 40th anniversary of the Herbstfest.

To celebrate, past Herbsfest queens will be honored, a car show will be held and country music singer Timmy Dunn will perform in League Stadium.

The majority of the festival activities will happen Thursday through Saturday at Huntingburg City Park. The fest parade will start at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The VFW Honor Guard will present the colors on opening night, at 6 p.m. Thursday. After that will be a dog demonstration by the Huntingburg Police Department.

Following that, at 7 p.m., will be a recognition ceremony of all past Herbstfest queens. “We just wanted to recognize the last 40 queens,” said Sarah Flamion, head of the Herbstfest committee. “I’m not positive on how many queens are going to be there. But I hope that we have a good turnout on it.”

To help commemorate the fest’s 40th anniversary, country singer Timmy Dunn will perform at League Stadium Saturday night. The concert will start at 8 p.m. and people must have a Herbstfest button to enter.

“We will have the big Dubois County Visitors Center stage,” Flamion said. “It will be out there on second base.”

Pedro Rivera of Huntingburg poses for a portrait while eating “helotes locos” during the Herbstfest in Huntingburg on Sept. 28, 2019.

With that, people will be able to be on the field itself to watch the concert.

“With Timmy Dunn, the beer garden is expanding into the stadium so that people will be able to go inside the stadium. And we’ll have Yard Goat Artisan on hand as well,” Flamion said. “And people can bring in a lawn chair and sit on the baseball field and watch it.”

The $5 buttons will be available at the Herbstfest, and will also get people entrance into other special events like the color guard, dog demonstration and queen recognition on Thursday and Little Miss and Junior Miss Herbstfest contests on Friday.

A new activity added to the Herbstfest schedule is a vehicle show that will include all kinds of vehicles.

“We’re doing a little bit of variety of everything. It’s not just your typical car and truck show,” said Jason Bayer, head of the show committee. “It’s the car, truck, motorcycle. And in our area, tractors are a big deal, so we’re doing tractors, too. It’s an all-in-one, so to speak.”

The show will start Saturday morning on the east parking lot near the softball fields, and the public is welcome to check out the cars at no charge.

Registering a vehicle for the event will cost $20 per vehicle; registration runs from 8 a.m. to noon. The first 50 registered vehicles will get a dash plaque. There is a competition component — for the best Ford, best Chevy, best Mopar, best import, best motorcycle, best tractor and best of show overall. Judging will start at noon, and the awards will be given out at 2 p.m. There will also be door prizes.

Bayer admits that the show is rather ambitious. “Well, I was always told that sometimes you gotta go bigger go home,” he said. “So we decided to go big. We just thought we’d give it a shot and see how it goes.”

Bayer himself is a car enthusiast. He has helped judge other shows. And he has a 1966 Impala that has been in his family since the time of his great grandparents.

“It will not be on presentation,” he said. “It’s buried at home in my garage right now, and I didn’t have the time to dedicate to two different things (working on his car and organizing the vehicle show).”

Bayer is looking forward to having many registered vehicles from throughout southern Indiana and beyond in the show. He is also hoping to see lots people checking out the different rides. “Let’s cross our fingers and hope southern Indiana cooperates with us and gives some nice weather,” he said.

The festival started this past Sunday with the Miss Herbstfest and Pre-Teen Miss Herbstfest contests at Southridge High School.

Karly Barnett was crowned Miss Herbstfest. The 18-year-old daughter of Darrin and Shari Barnett of Huntingburg, Karly is a senior at Southridge High School. Her court includes:

• Jenna Kendall as first runner-up. Jenna is the 17-year-old daughter of Scott and Kim Kendall of Huntingburg and a junior at Southridge High School.

• Abbi Hall as second runner-up. Abbi, the 17-year-old daughter of Tasha Hall of Huntingburg, is a senior at Southridge High School.

• Madelyn Lau as Miss Photogenic. Madelyn is the 18-year-old daughter of Alex and Jill Blackgrove and Todd Lau of Huntingburg; she is a senior at Southridge High School.

Amerynn Fetter was named Pre-Teen Miss Herbstfest. Amerynn is the 13-year-old daughter of Mark and Tina Fetter of Huntingburg. She is an eighth-grader at Southridge Middle School. Her court includes:

• Heather Schoenbachler as first runner-up and Pre-Teen Photogenic. Heather, the 15-year-old daughter of A.J. and Sandy Kempf of Huntingburg and the late Jeff Schoenbachler, is a sophomore at Southridge High School.

• Lillian Thewes as second runner-up. Lillian is the 12-year-old daughter of Dane and Amanda Thewes of Huntingburg and a seventh-grader at Southridge Middle School.

More information can be found on the Herbstfest’s Facebook page or at www.huntingburgherbstfest.org.

Herbstfest Schedule


5 p.m. Craft show starts at main shelter house, food both and beer garden opens on the midway; Jumping Jacks Entertainment starts on the midway

5:30 p.m. Music by EV Mae on the midway stage

6 p.m. VFW Color Guard

6:30 p.m. Huntingburg Police Department dog demonstration

7 p.m. “40 Years of Royalty” recognition

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


11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Select food booths open for lunch

Noon Golf scramble at Huntingburg Country Club

5 p.m. Craft show starts at main shelter house; food both, ax throwing and beer garden opens on the midway; Jumping Jacks Entertainment starts on the midway

5:30 p.m. Music by Angel Rhodes on midway stage

7:30 p.m. Little Miss Herbstfest and Junior Miss Herbstfest contest on the main stage

8 p.m. Music by 5 Under on the midway stage

11 p.m. Activities and booths close

Midnight Beer Garden closes


8 a.m. Car/tractor/motorcycle show on east parking lot (registration runs to noon)

9 a.m. Luv 4 Lexi 5K run/walk at Northside Christian Church; A Kid’s Place relay adventure starts at the pool entrance lawn; Co-ed volleyball tourney on the sand volleyball courts

10 a.m. Craft show starts at the main shelter house; Jumping Jacks Entertainment on the midway

10:30 a.m. Yes Power yoga at the east shelter house; kids’ activities at city park entrance

11 a.m. Food booths and ax throwing opens on the midway

Noon Lady Raider Softball ALS game on the girls softball field

12:30 p.m. Southridge FFA kiddie pedal pull starts east of hte main shelter house

1:30 p.m. Grupo Guanaco band performs at the gazebo

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

4 p.m. Beer garden opens

5 p.m. Hagedorn Family band performs on the midway stage; Jumping Jacks entertainment starts on the midway

8 p.m. Timmy Dunn performs on the main stage inside League Stadium

11 p.m. Activities and booths close

1 a.m. Beer garden closes


2 p.m. Parade starts on Third Street

All events are at Huntingburg City Park, unless otherwise noted. Some events require a Herbstfest button for entry; the $5 buttons can be bought at the festival.

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