New community center centerpiece of SeptemberfestAugust 27, 2019
By ALLEN LAMAN
DUBOIS — Attendees of this weekend’s Dubois Septemberfest might notice something new when they arrive at Dubois Community Park.
The centerpiece of this year’s festival — which takes place Friday and Saturday and is hosted by the Dubois Ruritan Club — is a hub that recently opened its doors after years of work.
Located on the park grounds near the playground and walking path sits a community center that was funded through hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations and earnings from previous Septemberfests.
“It’s just very important to have a gathering space within the community,” said Jason Hagen, president of the Dubois Ruritan Club. “And having a place, especially in the park setting, where there’s so many different activities ... just being there in the center of that park and the community is just very important.”
The 4,300-square-foot, air-conditioned center officially opened in May and will be available throughout the weekend for festival attendees.
New events at this year’s fest include a paintball competition and a 5K run, and past favorites like the whiffle ball tournament and live music will also return.
“We’ve really stacked Saturday up with back-to-back-to-back entertainment,” Hagen said of the bands and performers that will take the stage on Saturday.
Local favorite Debbie Schuetter; Nashville recording artist Corey Cox and Boogie Tunes, a Jasper-based DJ, will all perform Saturday evening. Studebaker — another local favorite and high-energy band that plays classic rock with a touch of country — will take the stage on Friday night.
Hagen said all the money made at the festival is funneled back into the community.
“We’re family-friendly,” he said of the Septemberfest. “We have a lot of activities planned. And it kind of just really drives home that mentality of what the Dubois Community Park is. And what we’re about is family-oriented and just helping to better the community and provide some things that families can enjoy.”
He said utilization of the park is “growing every day.” Those interested in renting the new community center space or donating to the club can contact the Dubois Ruritan Club at firstname.lastname@example.org. The group also has an active Facebook page.
The park has been a great asset to the community, Hagen said. He has no doubt the community center will only bolster its strength.
“Years of planning, and years of earnings,” Hagen said about the facility. “And really, at the end of the day, we’ve hosted the Septemberfest — this is going to be the 18th annual Septemberfest — and that’s been a goal the whole time.”
He continued: “Being able to provide a facility like this to the community of Dubois and give the individuals a place to have class reunions, and family reunions, and birthday parties. Small little events ... and just having that centered within a community park is kind of unique.”
5 p.m. Fried chicken and rib dinners, sandwiches and drinks
5 p.m. Kids games and inflatables
5 p.m. Beer garden and family garden open
6 p.m. Whiffle ball tourney
6 p.m. Little Miss and Mister Contest
7 p.m. Kiddie and youth tractor pull
7:30 p.m. Music by Studebaker
9 p.m. Beer pong tourney
Midnight Beer garden and family garden close
7:30 a.m. 5K walk and run signup
8 a.m. 5K walk and run
8 a.m. Whiffle ball tourney (continues)
8 a.m. Concessions available
10 a.m. Kids games and inflatables open
10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Jeep Poker Run signup
Noon Jeep Poker Run
Noon Paintball tournament
4 p.m. Beer garden and family garden open
4 p.m. Fried chicken and rib dinners
5 p.m. Music by Debbie Schuetter
8 p.m. Music by Corey Cox
9 p.m. Theme basket drawings
10 p.m. Music by Boogie Tunes
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