By Brent Brown Daily News
Greensburg Daily News
---- — GREENSBURG — The chilly early autumn air currently felt throughout Greensburg can mean only one thing: It’s time once again for the annual Tree City Fall Festival.
As has been the case for nearly three and a half decades, the annual downtown spectacle features a variety of family-friendly events certain to draw crowds to the courthouse square.
This year’s featured musical act, The Bama Band, joins familiar programs such as the “Oldie Wed Game” and ever-popular “Decatur County’s Got Talent” for two days of music, food, carnival games, rides and vendor booths.
Festival organizers have put the finishing touches on the final schedule, which features, most certainly, a little something for everyone.
Opening ceremonies are planned to get underway at 5:30 p.m. on the main stage Friday, quickly followed by the crowning of a new Miss Tree City. These events come on the heels of the opening of carnival rides on Franklin Street, which begins at 3 and ends at 10 p.m. Twenty-five tickets can be purchased for $15.
From 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert and First Lady Sharon Herbert will match wits with two other couples in the annual “Oldie Wed Game.” This event will take place on the main stage and is sure to bring plenty of laughter to the downtown area as three couples find out how well they truly know one another.
Another storied tradition of the Tree City Fall Festival, the Herb Kohler Memorial Parade, will roll down Broadway Street at 10 a.m. Saturday, essentially signifying the beginning of the second and final day of festivities. Rides open concurrently with the parade, which precedes a two hour JB Music Student Concert that begins at 11 a.m. in the courthouse gazebo.
The recently added baking contest begins accepting entries at 11:30 a.m. and will do so until 1 p.m., at Something’s Perkin’. Simultaneously on the main stage, the winners of the yearly Little Mr. and Little Miss Tree City will receive their crowns.
The Fall Festival has a long history of bringing outstanding musical entertainment to downtown Greensburg, and this year appears to be no different.
The Bama Band, this year’s musical headliner, will take to the main stage at 8 p.m. Friday, following an hour long performance by Common Ground. The Bama Band has been nominated twice in the category of “Band of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music, and is known for ‘80s country hits such as “Dallas” and “Tijuana Sunrise.” The band got its start by backing country music legends such as Hank Williams Jr. and Waylon Jennings.
Saturday will offer even more in the way of live music when the Melody Mart Student Jam takes over the main stage from 6 to 7 p.m. That show prefaces the annual Battle of the Bands, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Battle of the Bands will feature, in expected order of performance, the JVT Band, Purple Sky, Thrown Apart, Thorn 4 Memory and Fusebox Affair. Earlier in the day, local band Rampage will perform from 1 to 2 p.m.
Rampage’s set will give way to one of the most popular Fall Festival events, “Decatur County’s Got Talent.” This year’s talent show runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday on the main stage and will allow entrants to show off their musical and singing skills in one of the festival’s signature attractions.
Those less inclined to sing can instead join the annual Lip Sync competition on the main stage at 3:30 p.m. The two hour show will see several groups attempt to follow along with popular music of today and yesteryear, perhaps putting their own stamp on some familiar tunes.
Contest winners will be announced at 5:30 p.m., just before Saturday’s musical showcases take the stage to send off the 2013 Tree City Fall Festival.
For more information, check out treecityfallfestival.com or the group’s Facebook page.
Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056