St. Meinrad to the rock the weekend away

By CHRISTINE STEPHENSON
cstephenson@dcherald.com

ST. MEINRAD — 
The typically quiet and quaint St. Meinrad will once again be booming with music as it rocks the weekend away.

The St. Meinrad Rocks Festival is celebrating its 10th year this Friday and Saturday at the St. Meinrad Park. The event, which started as a simple way to raise money and has grown into an annual spectacle that draws in hundreds of attendees, will feature food trucks, activities for kids and more than a dozen music acts.

The event, sponsored by Inkspot Productions LLC, will present artists of several genres, from Joe Nobody, a Pike County band that plays country, rock and blues, to Misty and Jason, a duo from New Albany that plays cover songs from every decade, to Jasper’s own EV Mae, a 15-year-old country singer and songwriter.

The event’s beer garden will open an hour before the music begins each night, although no carry-in alcohol will be allowed. Food trucks, including Wood Capital Pizza, S&S BBQ and The Cheese Queen gourmet grilled cheese, will also be open both days.

Activities for kids will include free face painting, a balloon artist and a live animal show by Silly Safaris Shows Inc. Santa and his sleigh from the Santa Claus Haus will also be there to take pictures. A new feature of this year’s event is an adoption blitz with Spencer County It Takes A Village No-Kill Rescue.

Additionally, a vendor fair will take place Saturday in the park area, where visitors can browse homemade wreaths, jewelry, locally-made art and more.

Although the event is free admission, donations and proceeds from a raffle will go toward the upcoming town museum. The town museum fund, created by the Spencer County Community Foundation, aims to help preserve the beauty and history of St. Meinrad, according to a press release about the event.

Marvin “Maddog” Ubelhor, who is planning the museum, will be able to break ground within the next year, organizer Carol (Ubelhor) Troesch said.

“We are consistently working toward building funds to create a permanent display that will preserve town memorabilia and historical pieces,” Troesch said in the release. “Bringing people and families together for a weekend of fun, music, and food is an excellent way to celebrate a small town’s heritage!”

Anyone interested in donating to the fund can directly mail tax-deductible donations to the Spencer County Community Foundation at P.O. Box 3, Rockport, Indiana 47635, or make online donations at https://communityfoundation.wufoo.com/forms/gifts-to-the-spencer-county-community-foundation/.

"It goes for a great cause, but it's just fun," Troesch said in an email to The Herald Tuesday. "It's just a relaxing, fun event that everyone can enjoy. You can bring your family, meet up with friends. Stay for an hour or stay for the day."

St. Meinrad Rocks Festival Schedule

(All times are Central Time)

Friday

6 p.m. Star-Spangled Banner - Phil the Excitement

6 p.m. Atlas of the Dogs

7:15 p.m. Tony Henning (beer garden stage)

8 p.m. Joe Nobody

9:15 p.m. Freddie Bourne (beer garden stage)

10 p.m. Muddy Earl

Saturday

12:30 p.m. Star-Spangled Banner - Phil the Excitement

12:30 p.m. EV Mae (beer garden stage)

1:15 p.m. Uncle Pecos

2:45 p.m. Band Sold Separately (beer garden stage)

3:30 p.m. No Governor

5 p.m. The Flemings (beer garden stage)

5 p.m. Silly Safaris Shows Inc. live animal show (park area)

5:45 p.m. Misty & Jason with The Hiding

7:15 p.m. Cory Sims (beer garden stage)

8 p.m. Dirty Trixx

9:30 p.m. Jordan Miller and Alexander Hellenberg (beer garden stage)

10:15 p.m. Stackin’ Eights




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