Thursday, September 07, 2000

Ind. town awash in arts, crafts, fun events

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LAWRENCEBURG — Fireworks, entertainment and more food choices will be featured at a bigger, better Octoberfest centered at High and Walnut streets in the heart of this Dearborn County seat this weekend.

        The new fun will be complemented by the popular Lawrenceburg Arts and Crafts Show on Sunday at Newtown Park, next to the Dearborn County Courthouse on Walnut Street.

  What: Octoberfest in Lawrenceburg
  When: 6-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday.
  Where: High and Walnut streets, Lawrenceburg
  Information: 1-800-322-8198, or online at
 Entertainment/Main Stage


  7 p.m. Jimmy Thomas Band (rhythm and blues)
  8:30 p.m. Hot Wax, 1950s rock 'n' roll


 noon: Sauerkraut Band
  3 p.m. Zinzinnati Bier Band
  4 p.m. Branson Sisters (contemporary Christian and gospel)
  5 p.m. Amy Hamilton
  6:30 p.m. Steve Pratt & the Oakey Avenue Band
  8 p.m. Highway 101
  10:30 p.m. Jimmy Thomas Band


  noon - 6 p.m. Tom Kakias Greek Family Band with Alhambra Troupe dancers.

        “The arts and crafts show, in its 30th year, will bring in about 200 artisans expert in painting, sculpture, wood carving, ceramics and more,” said Jennifer Clayton, assistant director of the Dearborn County Convention, Visitor and Tourism Bureau, which organizes the event.

        National country recording artists Highway 101 will appear Saturday night on the main stage at the west end of Walnut Street at the levee. There will be on-stage entertainment during most of the event.

        Fireworks, sponsored by the city, will be launched from the Ohio River at 10 p.m. Saturday.

        Another feature this year will be horse-drawn carriage rides, which will take visitors to and from attractions and past historic buildings and sites, Ms. Clayton said.

        Sunday has been declared “Greek Day.” Entertainment features Tom Kakias Greek Family Band with Greek dancers — the Alhambra Troupe — from noon to 6 p.m. The Maria Palassis Dancers will perform during band breaks.

        The growth of Octoberfest is part of a concerted effort by the convention, visitor and tourism bureau “to enhance tourism ... in southeastern Indiana by promoting local attractions and commerce,” said Debbie Smith, bureau director.

        This year's festivities kick off Friday evening with dedication ceremonies and a homecoming parade at 6:15 p.m.

        On Saturday, there will be a cheerleading contest at 3 p.m. and Frizby's Circus, a children's program at the Lawrenceburg Library at 11:30 a.m. “There's a carnival midway and much, much more to see and do,” Ms. Smith said.

        High and Walnut streets will be closed to traffic during the event. Shuttle buses will transport visitors from designated parking areas to downtown. Look for signs to parking areas and shuttle stops.

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