Potawatomi Festival organizers promise visitors a good time at the 38th annual event Friday through Sept. 21.

“I think this is a nice place to spend an afternoon or evening,” said Irene Harmeson, who has been involved in the festival since its early days.

“We have a variety of heritage crafts, including blacksmith and chair caning,” she said. “We have all kinds of food vendors.”

Ouibache Park along the Wabash River provides the setting for the festival, while other events are in the downtown area.

“We tried to get some new things this year,” said Sandra Sundt, president of the festival committee. “We have about 35-40 craft vendors. There are 18 food booths.”

“The arts and crafts and flea market draw many to the site, Harmeson said.

“We have new entertainment and lots of children’s games,” she said.

Entertainment on the festival stage is planned Friday night, all day Saturday and until the parade Sunday.

The parade at 2 p.m. EDT Sept. 21 is billed as western Indiana’s biggest parade. Sundt said three or four high school bands will be in the parade this year.

“This is a good family event,” Sundt said. “It is good for the merchants. People come in from all over and are in and out of town.”

The classic car show on Saturday is a hit, along with the annual firefighters’ water ball fight.

Karaoke on Friday night draws many to the festival ground, while others go to the gospel sing in the Attica High School auditorium which features Homeward Bound and the Kendalls.

The festival is Attica’s chance to show off its community.

“It is good for the area,” Sundt said.

POTAWATOMI FESTIVAL

-- FRIDAY

9 a.m. EDT: Festival grounds open; food, flea market area, arts and crafts, heritage crafts, games for kids and pony ride. Free admission until 5 p.m.; $1 after 5 p.m.

5-7 p.m.: Registration for karaoke. Entry fee: $5.

6 p.m.: Karaoke, festival grounds.

7 p.m.: Gospel sing, Attica High School auditorium.

-- SATURDAY

9 a.m.: Festival grounds open; food, flea market area, arts and crafts, heritage crafts, games for kids and pony ride. Admission: $2 for adults; 50 cents for children ages 6-12.

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Registration for Classic Car Show.

9:30 a.m.: Okinawan School of Karate, festival grounds stage.

10:30 a.m.: Hearts Ablaze Cloggers, festival grounds stage.

11 a.m.: Registration for children’s tractor pull.

11:30 a.m.: Rick DeSutter and the Clutter, festival grounds stage.

Noon: Children’s tractor pull.

12:30 p.m.: Hearts Ablaze Cloggers, festival grounds stage.

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Registration for baby contest; ages 0-3. Entry fee is $5.

1 p.m.: Firefighters waterball fight, Main Street.

1:30 p.m.: Baby Contest, festival grounds stage.

2:30-4:30 p.m.: Country Rock Inc., festival grounds stage.

3 p.m.: Classic Car Day Trophies.

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Dance Art Center, festival grounds stage.

6-8 p.m.: Dirt Road Band, festival grounds stage.

-- SEPT. 21

9 a.m.: Festival grounds open; food, flea market area, arts and crafts, heritage crafts, games for kids and pony ride. Admission: $2 for adults; 50 cents for children ages 6-12.

9:30-10:30 a.m.: The Keagles, festival grounds stage.

10:30-11:30 a.m.: Indiana Dance Force Cloggers, festival grounds stage.

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Fonda, Dana Sewell and Katie Krout, festival grounds stage.

2 p.m.: Parade, Perry Street.

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