Town comes together for annual Heimatfest

By LEANN BURKE
lburke@dcherald.com

FERDINAND — The latest rendition of Ferdinand’s classic festival, Heimatfest, will take over 18th Street Park this weekend for the 23rd year, and committee chairperson Neil Weyer can’t wait to enjoy the festivities with his family.

Weyer and his wife, Sarianne, have a tradition of spending most of the weekend at the fest with Neil’s parents, Paul and Linda. It’s a tradition started when Neil was a child growing up in Ferdinand, and it’s something a lot of Ferdinand families have in common.

“I love going down there and seeing the town come together,” Neil said.

The festival kicks off Friday night and runs through Saturday.

This year’s Heimatfest will feature several old favorites, including the three-on-three basketball tournament, the Best Home Furnishings Family Zone and the car show. Of course, no Dubois County festival is complete without a beer garden, and the Heimatfest is no exception.

Both Friday and Saturday nights will be filled with live music, as well, with Studebaker Classic Rock With a Touch of Country kicking off the live music Friday night and rising country singer Cale Dodds headlining Saturday night. Abigail Rose Clark and Tech Tunes DJ will also perform Saturday night.

New to the festival this year will be a disc golf tournament Friday evening hosted by the Tri-County YMCA. And don’t miss Neil’s favorite event, the Backyard Barbecue contest Saturday at noon.

Looking back over the 23-year run of the Heimatfest and its growth, Neil sees a testament to the community of Ferdinand. Through the support of event sponsors, such as Best Home Furnishings, MasterBrand, Scenic Hills at the Monastery and Seufert Construction, the Heimatfest committee has been able to consistently offer a community event that brings lots of families out to Ferdinand and raises thousands of dollars the committee can donate back into the community throughout the year. Neil estimates that in the four years he’s been on the committee, the Heimatfest has donated back about $20,000.

“We really appreciate that,” Neil said. “We look forward to continuing that.”

Schedule of Events

All events are at 18th Street Park, unless otherwise noted

Friday

5 p.m. Beer garden opens

5 p.m. Food booths open

5 p.m. Best Home Furnishings Family Zone opens

5:30 p.m. Tri-County YMCA Disc Golf Scramble at the 18th Street Park disc golf course

6 p.m. WBDC Cornhole Tournament of Champions registration opens at the 18th Street Park softball field

6:30 p.m. Magician performance in the Best Home Furnishings Family Zone

7 p.m. WBDC Cornhole Tournament of Champions at the 18th Street Park softball field

8 p.m. Pong tournament in the beer garden

8 p.m. Studebaker Classic Rock With a Touch of Country performs on the Seufert Construction main stage

Saturday

8 a.m. Heimatfest 5K Run/Walk at the Forest Park Junior-Senior High School track

9 a.m. NextEra Engery 3 on 3 Basketball Contest at the 18th Street basketball Courts

10 a.m. Tri-County YMCA Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament at the 18th Street volleyball courts

11 a.m. Food booths open

Noon Backyard Barbecue contest

Noon Scenic Hills Care Center Car Show

1 p.m. NextEra Energy Horseshoe Tournament at the 18th Street horseshoe pits

3 p.m. Beer garden opens

3 p.m. Tech Tunes DJ on the Seufert Construction main stage

5 p.m. Best Home Furnishings Family Zone opens on the 18th Street softball field

6:30 p.m. Magician performance in the Best Home Furnishings Family Zone

6:30 p.m. Psi Iota Xi Sorority Box Parade

7:15 p.m. Abigail Rose Clark performing on the Seufert Construction main stage

9:15 p.m. Cale Dodds performing on the Seufert Construction main stage

10:45 p.m. Tech Tunes DJ on the Seufert Construction main stage




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