Pioneer Days Friday, Saturday continue county's fall tour

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By Vince Luecke

Rickenbaugh House open this weekend

PERRY COUNTY - This year's Hoosier Heritage Fall Tour resumes Friday and Saturday with Pioneer Days in Troy.

Friday events include a performance by the band Crosswinds from 6 to 9 p.m. and a beer garden that opens at 5 p.m.

Events Saturday begin with registration for the Pioneer Days car show from 8 a.m. to noon. The beer garden opens at noon with the pet show at 1 p.m. Registration for this year's talent show lasts from 3 to 3:45 p.m. with the show beginning at 4.

Entry forms are available at the Troy Utility Office.

Awards for the car show will be handed out at 4.

Tammy Cassidy will perform at 5 p.m. and wrap up before the 9:30 p.m. fireworks show over the Ohio River. There will also be a raffle at 9 p.m.

The annual Pioneer Days longest-beard contest begins at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Ham, beans and cornbread dinners will be served Friday evening, with dinners of turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes offered Saturday.

Sandwiches and snacks will be available both days.

For more information call the Troy Utility Office at 547-7501, Bob Tuggle at 547-8050, Lisa Dutschke at 547-6806, Betty Linne at 547-8283 or Betty Cash at 547-7785.

Rickenbaugh House

The historic Rickenbaugh House on Celina Lake will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (Editor's Note: This is a correction to information that appeared in our print edition and the initial story published here, which said the building will be open Friday and Saturday.)

Refreshments will be served and tours offered of the stone home, which served not only as a home to generations of Rickenbaugh family members but a local post office and meeting place.

Refreshments will be available.

The open house is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service. For more information call 547-7051.

Cannelton Heritage Festival

The Cannelton Heritage Festival will be held Oct. 11 on Washington Street. A full schedule of activities is planned with food and vendor booths opening at 10 a.m.

Several local musicians will perform throughout the day, featuring folk, blues, contemporary and original music.

Children's activities include pumpkin painting, kids' games and face painting.

The Perry County Courthouse Museum, along with local churches, businesses and schools, will be open for tours.

Guided walking historic and haunted-history tours will also be offered.

New this year is a wine garden with local wineries Blue Heron Vineyards and Winzerwald Winery, plus regional wineries Best Vineyards, Carousel Winery, Indian Creek Winery and Turtle Run Winery participating.

Artisans and craftsmen will demonstrate their skills of woodcarving, painting, stone carving and more.

Hand-poured candles, soaps and jewelry and many more crafts will be available for purchase.

The festival lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

People interested in having a booth should contact Brandi Hess at 836-4329 or e-mail brandihess@gmail.com.

Booth rentals are $10 and items should be handmade.

Bristow Car Show

The 19th annual Street Rod, Antique and Classic Car and Truck Show in Bristow Oct. 12 will fill the community with classic wheels spanning a century of automotive history.

More than 700 vehicles are expected. Other attractions that Sunday include pork-chop and chicken dinners, bratwurst, funnel cakes and ice cream.

Smokey McCoy will perform during the afternoon, with his show getting under way at noon.

For information on Bristow activities, call 843-5176.

Pioneer Village Open House

Take a journey back in time Oct. 18 to see how what life was like for Perry County's pioneer families. The Little Pioneer Village is located less than a mile east of Rocky Point along Indiana 66.

Visitors will be able to tour restored cabins and a bread oven that served a Belgian-American family near Bandon. For more information call 719-1401 or 547-6594.

Route 66 Yard Sale

Indiana 66 takes in much of Perry County's most beautiful scenery, but what's wrong with finding a few bargains along the way?

Yard sales are planned all along the highway Oct. 18, including Troy, Tell City, Cannelton, Rocky Point, Rome, Derby, Dexter, Magnet and Oriole.

Residents not living along the highway can also set up yard sales along the route, with areas set aside in Troy and Rocky Point.

Yard sales are also planned during the day for Tell City's Main Street and Washington Street in Cannelton.

For more information call 547-7933.

Perry Central Community School will host a yard sale in the school parking lot Oct. 18 and beginning at 11 a.m., the Commodore football team will sell chicken dinners.

Rome Courthouse Days

Fried-chicken dinners, crafts, live music and plenty of fun await visitors to Rome and its historic courthouse Oct. 19. Serving of meals begins at 11 a.m. with live music from noon to 3 p.m. For more information call 836-2971.


The Tell City Historical Society Museum will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. each Sunday in October. The Perry County Museum in Cannelton will also welcome guests. Information on Tell City's museum can be obtained by calling 547-4149 or 547-4446.

For information on the historic displays at the county museum in Cannelton, call 547-3190.