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Lt. governor among dignitaries attending festival's opening day
TELL CITY - Rick May, chairman of the committee planning next week's sesquicentennial parade, had hoped to secure 150 entries for the Aug. 2 event, one for each year of Tell City's existence.
"We're already past 150 and they keep coming in every day," May said Tuesday while announcing final details of the 2:30 p.m. event that will help to usher in a week of events honoring 150 years of Tell City history.
Moose Lodge 1424 is sponsoring the event.
The parade route begins at the corner of Main and Washington streets and will continue north seven blocks to Tell Street. From there, entries will travel east three blocks to 11th Street.
The parade assembly area will be located around the intersection of Seventh and Humboldt streets and will open at 10:30 a.m. for registration, check-in and final instructions. All entries must report by 1:30 p.m.
A siren will wail 30 minutes before the start of the parade, with two blasts 15 minutes before the start time and three when the parade begins rolling.
First- , second- and third-place awards will be handed out to the most original, most decorative and best overall entry. The parade's overall theme is Tell City history.
Judging will take place before the start of the parade and winners will be announced from an announcer's grandstand at City Hall.
Tell City's five living mayors are expected to take part in the parade. Water stations will be located along the route for parade goers and people taking part in the event.
Entries thus far include many classic cars and trucks and horses. The well-known Duckville float from Dubois County will also come to the city. "There's even an ox entered," May added.
Following the parade, a barbershop chorus will perform in City Hall Park with opening ceremonies getting under way at 6 p.m.
On the stage will be Mayor Barbara Ewing, sesquicentennial committee co-chairmen Jim Meek and Ryan Oberhausen and their fellow committee members and members of Schweizer Fest Inc.
Also recognized during opening festivities will be members of the 1958 centennial committee, whose work not only organized a festival still talked about 50 years later but launched the annual Schweizer Fest.
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman will be the main speaker and will offer words of congratulations to residents.
The Duke Boys will perform at 6 p.m. Food and soft drinks will be available that evening.
Other opening-day events include a noon community picnic in the park and a barbecue contest that gets under way that morning. Opening-day events are sponsored by ThyssenKrupp Waupaca.
Entries are still being taken for the barbecue contest, detailed in a separate story. A entry form is available in our print edition.