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.

IF YOU GO
  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 www.dearborncvb.org
 Entertainment/Main Stage

FRIDAY:

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

SATURDAY:

 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

SUNDAY

  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.
       



Hundreds pay respects to slain officer
Visitation held for 12-year-old
Funeral details
Grieving for a policeman
Girl has no right to sue
Two school districts awarded Gates grants
City filling deadly pool
Girl's lawyer blasts police
PULFER: A disabled child
New Fenwick High planners get go-ahead to raise money
Report critical of port authority
KNIP'S VIEW: National spotlight focuses on Cincinnati
Daughter stands in for Gore
Economists deride Gore's plan for 'rainy day' fund
Ag society fair game in lawsuit over prize pig
Boone backs off ban on underground mining
Burglary suspect caught within hours
Cost grows for flood plan along Duck Creek
County group has new leader
Couple faces gun charges
Dad's statement in baby's death allowed
Engineer staff complains to county
Father loses bid to squelch statement
Halls overflow with potential pets
Hamilton County GOP endorses city school levy
High court asked for new Justin ruling
- Ind. town awash in arts, crafts, fun events
'Inherit the Wind' debate fresh again
Key Foundation celebration to be benefit, too, as usual
Lunken charter jet firm backs off threat to leave
Mules and Model A cars join Harvest Home Fair
N. Ky. boosters raise money
New Middletown sirens wail on cue
Runway study won't be ready this year
Second Street delayed again
Taft challenges community to help students learn to read
Turfway effort boosts betting
Vandals get probation, must pay $80K for damage
Village contracts garbage pickups
Get to it
Kentucky News Briefs
Pig Parade/Sheakin' Bacon
Tristate A.M. Report