Streetfest returns Saturday


CELESTINE — After a year hiatus, the Celestine Streetfest is returning Saturday.

The all-day event has food, activies and entertainment for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

“The Celestine Streetfest is basically a party in a community atmosphere,” said Dawn Schnell, chairperson of the fest’s promotions team. “It’s a fun time for everybody to see each other and to cut loose, especially after last year.”

The festival will be held on the grounds of St. Celestine Church, 6864 E. State Road 164, from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Plenty of entertainment is scheduled through the day and night.

There is a car show and tractor show at 8 a.m., a 5K run/walk that starts at 9 a.m., a Life Flight helicopter demonstration at 10 a.m., a Sheephead tourney at noon, a community scavenger hunt at 1 p.m., a dodgeball tourney at 3 p.m., Mass at 4 p.m. and a quilt show at 5 p.m.

Musical performances include by the Dubois County 4-H Clogging Clovers at 11 a.m., Magic With Style at 6:15 p.m., Bobby Clark and Tommy Stillwell at 7 p.m. and tribute band Def Leggend at 9 p.m.

Kids will also have fun at the Kids Zone, which opens at 10 a.m., as well as a kids fun run at 9 a.m. and kids pedal tractor pull, set to start at 10:30 a.m.

Boogie Tunes Entertainment will end the festival with music and dancing that starts at 11 p.m.

The food offerings will be different than at past fests, Schnell said.

“We’re doing kind of more carry-around favorites, things that are easier for people to take and walk around with,” she said, “versus the sit-down dinner food we used to do. This year, we’re having more sandwiches, nachos, things like that.”

Offerings will include tenderloin sandwiches, hamburgers, bratwursts, chicken sandwiches, turkey tenders and Celestine Nachos with fajita beef, pulled pork or chicken. Desserts and sweets will be sold by local organizations as well.

Also different is the addition of the Celestine Distinguished Service Award ceremony, which will be held at 6 p.m. on the fest’s main stage. Past recipients will also be recognized.

The DSA ceremony usually takes place in February. “We normally do that separately,” Schnell said. “They decided that they would just do it at the event so more people can attend.”

Past recipients are asked to come to the stage area just before 6 p.m. to be acknowledged during the ceremony.

The money generated at the fest is used to support local organizations in the community. “We give a large portion of that money back to all of the clubs that help support us throughout the year,” Schnell said.

“(For example) that would be the Celestine Community Club. That would be the Celestine Park. That would be the St. Isidore Church. There are the Scouts, the Celestine and Dubois PTO. There are just many different organizations. We give back to the community so that they can keep helping us.”

Information and registration sheets for various activities can be found on the community’s website, The community also has a Facebook page called “Celestine Indiana.”

Celestine Streetfest schedule

8 a.m.: Car show at Celestine Park, registration from 8 a.m.: to noon; tractor show at cemetery, all welcomed to exhibit tractors or farm equipment; 5K run/walk starts at Happy Hour basement

8:30 a.m.: Breakfast served at the park food booth during the car show

9 a.m.: Free kids fun run starts at Happy Hour parking lot/basement

10 a.m.: Food stand opens; lunch served at the park food booth during the car show; Life Flight helicopter demonstration at cemetery; Kids Zone and kids booths open; Kids pedal tractor pull sign up opens

10:30 a.m.: Pedal tractor pull under the big tent

11 a.m.: Dubois County 4H Clogging Clovers perform on the main stage

11:30 a.m.: Sheephead sign up at the west tent

Noon: Sheephead tourney at the west tent; German beer garden opens; community scavenger hunt registration at the main tent

1 p.m.: Community scavenger hunt starts

2:30 p.m.: Car show awards

3 p.m.: Dodgeball tourney at the tennis courts

4 p.m.: Mass at St. Celestine Church

5 p.m.: St. Isidore quilt show in the parish hall

6 p.m.: Celestine Distinguished Service Award ceremony on the main stage

6:15 p.m.: Magic With Style show on the main stage

7 p.m.: Bobby Clark and Tommy Stillwell perform on the main stage

9 p.m.: Def Leggend performs on main stage

11 p.m.: Music by Boogie Tunes Entertainment on main stage

Events will be on the grounds of St. Celestine Church, 6864 E. State Road 164, unless otherwise noted.

Parking is available in the fields and streets around Celestine. Parking at the top of the hill west side of St. Celestine Church will be designated for handicapped and elderly parking. There will also a drop-off spot at the top of the west side of the church hill.

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