Jazz fest makes move to Market Street Park


HUNTINGBURG — Organizers of the eighth annual Garden Gate Jazz, Art, Wine & Craft Beer Festival are excited, because the fest will be held for the first time in Market Street Park on Saturday.

“This is our first year in the new park, so we’re pretty excited about that,” said Sara Schroeder, executive director of the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce. “We will be utilizing the whole park. The amphitheater will be our main stage, and the Old Town Hall back porch will be the auxiliary stage. And the vendors will be around the pavilion.”

The festival will run from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. The entry gate will be at 307 E. Fourth St., near Current Blend.

A new change in state law eliminates the need for a beer garden, since the breweries and wineries are based in Indiana. So the vendors serving wine and beer will be around the pavilion with the other festival vendors.

Those vendors serving alcohol samples are Best Vineyards, Blue Heron, Ertel Cellars, Cedar Creek, Madison County, Monkey Hollow, Patoka Lake, Pepper’s Ridge, and Windy Knoll wineries, along with Basket Case Brewery, Dubois County Suds Club, Salt Creek Brewery, Schnitz Brewery and St. Benedict’s Brew Works. They will offer samples until 7 p.m.

The cost to attend the festival is $5 for adults 18 and older, who will not have samples, and $15 for those adults who will; samplers will receive a commemorative glass. Guests 18 and younger are admitted free. Pets, coolers, tents and large umbrellas are prohibited.

Other events are happening that day in conjunction with the festival. The annual Kiwanis Car Show will be held on the lot of Memorial Gym from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The show was moved from its normal location, the east end of Fourth Street, because that section of the street is under construction. Those interested in registering a vehicle for the show — registration is $20 — or wanting more information, can call Lisa at 812-239-1853. Information is also online at www.gardengatefestival.com.

The Jazzed Up 5K/10K walk and run will start at 110 W. 10th St. Registration, which costs $25, opens at 8 a.m.; the 10K will start at 8:45 a.m. and the 5K at 9 a.m. For information, contact Lindsay Kennedy, Kim Schwindel, Stacy Voegerl or Trish Neukam at 866-637-9328.

The Niehaus Park Open, a Professional Disc Golf Association-sanctioned tournament, will be held at Niehaus Park. The fee to register for the tournament is $55 for pro divisions, $45 for all advanced divisions and $35 for all other divisions. Players that are not PDGA members would add an additional $10 to the division fee.

To register or for information, contact Aaron Altstadt at amaltstadt_5@yahoo.com or 812-630-7530.

Fourth Street businesses will run sales during the day, Schroeder said. After the festival, the Amazing Soul Crackers will perform at the Gaslight, 328 E. Fourth St., and Tommy Cash will perform at a sold-out show at the Huntingburg Music Hall, better known as the Huntingburg Opry, 312 N. Main St.

A commemorative Market Street Park tumbler will be sold, to commemorate the first year the festival is being held in the park. Those will be available at the merchandise booth and cost $20.

Most of the proceeds from the festival go to local projects. “Over the last seven years, we’ve been able to give back over $45,000 into the downtown community,” Schroeder said.

Information on all events can be found online at www.gardengatefestival.com.

Music schedule

Noon Olney Central College, amphitheater stage

1 p.m. Poco Loco, auxiliary stage

2:30 p.m. Bokeh Big Band, amphitheater stage

4 p.m. Monte Skelton, auxiliary stage

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