Welcome to Ripley County Indiana

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Welcome to the Ripley County Indiana Tourism Blog! We are glad that you took the time to drop by to see some of what our charming community has to offer our guest. For all the events and attractions taking place in our area we invite you to check out www.ripleycountytourism.com. And we hope in the near  future you will take a journey down a road less traveled and visit us.

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Halloween Party

Wilhill Farm will be hosting a Halloween Party on Saturday, October 31st beginning at noon. The party is sure to please everyone in the family with costume competitions, live music by Not for Profit and Rusty Bladen. Sit back enjoy a viewing of the movie Rocky Horror Picture Show and later in the evening stay and watch fireworks. For more detail information and coupons visit www.walhillfarm.com There is an admission charge for this party but well worth the price. For additional events in Ripley County Indiana check out our website at www.ripleycountytourism.com

How Bazaar


Throughout the month of November, some Ripley County area organizations will be hosting holiday bazaars. Featuring some of Ripley County’s finest arts & crafts, and food the Holiday Bazaar sponsored by Theta Nu Chapter, Batesville’s Beta Sigma Phi Sorority begins the month of shows on November 1, 2009 at the Batesville Primary Schools from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. There is no charge for this event. Additional information for this event may be received by contacting Lou Voegele at 812.934.3394.

Come and have your picture taken with Santa Claus, on November 14th, at the Tri Kappa Arts & Crafts Bazaar at the South Ripley Elementary School in Versailles. Breakfast and lunch will be offered along with a school full of arts and crafts. Additional information maybe received by calling Brenda Armbrecht at 812.689.5732 or Christy Grossman at 812.689.5141.

 Two other local area organizations will also be hosting Holiday Bazaars on November 14th. The New Marion Baptist Church Bake/Craft Sale will be serving breakfast, lunch and some tasty homemade baked goods at their craft sale. The Women’s Missionary Society Holiday Bazaar will be offering chili, potato soup, bean soup and vegetables soup and with sandwiches. Contact Arlene at 812.689.5948 for more information.

 Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Parade at Downtown Village Green begins at 11:00 am on November 21st. The parade featuring Santa Claus is scheduled to start at 1:00pm. Live entertainment, food and crafts booths will be setup until 3:00 pm. Contact Melissa Tucker at 812.934.3101 or chamberexec@batesvillein.com

Crafts and arts featuring local residents will be on display and for sale this year at the Milan Craft Fair on November 21st.  The fair will be setup at the Milan High School Gym there is no admission charge for this event. Contact Milan High School at 812.654.3096 for more information.

 For these and other happenings in Ripley County Indiana checked out www.ripleycountytouism.com

Free After Hours Concert and Star Gazing


Ball State University Saxophone Quartet will be featuring international music this Saturday, October 17.  The free After Hours Concert hosted by the Batesville Memorial Public Library begins at 7:00 pm. Along with the support of the Batesville Library additional support is provided from the Columbus Area Arts Council, Indiana Arts Commission, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Immediately following the free concert the staff wishes to extend to you an invitation to a Star Party. Stop by and experience first hand the new Dobsonian telescope awarded from the Cincinnati Observatory. The event is scheduled to begin at 9:00 pm until 10:30pm weather permitting. Guests are encouraged to bring their own telescope or binoculars to gaze at the night sky and the stars above. For more information on the Cincinnati Observatory and the Galileo’s Project please visit their website at http://www.cincinnatiobservatory.org  Additional information on the After Hours Concert Series and other events taking place at the Batesville Memorial Public Library stop by www.ebatesville.com/library . For information on other upcoming happenings in Ripley County Indiana click on over to the Ripley County Tourism Bureau at www.ripleycountytourism.com

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3rd Annual Ertel Cellars Wine Festival

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October 10th and the 11th mark the third anniversary of Ertel Cellars Wine Annual Festival. Located near Batesville IN the family owned winery will be offering its guest great musical entertainment, food, children activities, and of course, wine tasting.

The festival opens at 11:00 am on Saturday. Musical guest The Way Back Machine, a 1960’s band, performs from noon until 3:00 pm  followed by country musican Greg Bates from 3:00 until 6:30. To cap off the evening Not for Profit, rocks the evening from 7:00 until 10:00.

On Sunday, October 11th, Ertel Cellars Winery is offering their popular brunch from 11:00 am until 2:00. Reservations for the brunch may be made by calling 812.933.1500. Reservations are not required but are highly suggested.

R & B musician Lonnie Lester will be returning to the stage for a third straight year in a row to entertain guest from 3:00 until 6:00 on Sunday.

Ertel Cellars Winery invites you, your family and friends to stop by and enjoy a variety of music, food and award winning wines. For more information stop by www.ertelcellarswinery.com

Ertel Cellars Winery is proud to be part of the Indiana Wine Trail www.indianawinetrail.com

For more events and activities in Ripley County Indiana visit  www.ripleycountytourism.com

Versailles State Park Bluegrass Festival

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 It is that time of year again for you to gather your family, friends, a few lawn chairs, blankets, and join us for the Versailles State Park Bluegrass Festival. Situated in the beautiful rolling hills of the state park you will enjoy the rich sounds of bluegrass music performed by a vast array of regional bluegrass bands. Check out www.ripleycountytourism.com/bluegrass for a schedule of bands to perform and their times.  Music begins at 10:00 am Saturday, October 3rd and continues with the last band performing at 5:00pm. Church service starts the event on October 4th at 10:00 am with Jim Denman officiating. Music follows at 11:00 am and continues with the last band performing at 3:00 pm. Food concessions will be available but no alcohol is allowed since this a family event.

There is an admission fee of $5.00 per person plus state park gate fees. Children under the age of six are admitted for free. For additional information please contact Ripley County Tourism at www.ripleycountytourism.com or by calling 888.747.5394; Versailles State Park at 812.689.6424.

Miss America to Grand Marshal Versailles Pumpkin Show Parade


 PumpkinShow0763The 107th Versailles Pumpkin Show promises to be one to remember with the current reigning Miss America Katie Stam being the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade Saturday, September 26, at 10:30 am. Katie will kick off the event at 10:15 by singing the National Anthem. Later that day at 1:10 pm she will appear on stage to speak about her experiences as Miss America and her passion–Community Service and Involvement.

Miss Katie Stam is a graduate of Seymour High School and is currently attending the University of Indianapolis studying Electronic Media with hopes of becoming a television news reporter and anchor. She is the Goodwill Ambassador for the Miss America Organization as well as a national platform partner for the Children’s Miracle Network. The 22 year old, Miss Stam is traveling around the country visiting children’s hospitals in order to raise awareness of the CMN.

Versailles Lion Club Chairman of the Pumpkin Show, Jerry Gilpin, stated, “It will be great to not only have such a big celebrity, but one who promotes community service and involvement is a bonus, that’s what the Lion Club is all about. We hope that she will be an inspiration not only to the younger people in the crowd Saturday, but to all ages to do more for their community.” With help of the Ripley County Tourism Bureau the Lions Club secured the needed funds to bring Miss America to this year’s show. “We really appreciate the Tyson-Versailles Fund for providing the majority of the funds needed,” Gilpin said.

 The Versailles Pumpkin Show actually begins at 5:00 pm Wednesday, September 23th and continuing through Saturday the 26th. The four day show will provide lots of entertainment for the entire family. Concessions, games, and rides will open daily at 5 pm except for Saturday when they will open at 9:00am.

Nightly, on the stage in the Versailles Courthouse Square live music will be presented. Scheduled artist include Kelli Jette & Friends on Wednesday at 5:15-6:30, at 6:45-7:15 will be Young Confederates-South Ripley High School singing and dance group. Ending the evening at 8:45-9:30 will be the Classic Rock Music band Under the Bus. On Thursday at 5:05-6:40pm Haley Schwering will be performing followed by One Iota a Bluegrass group from Kentucky at 8:15 until 9:30. Friday will bring the finalist from “Can You Duet Show” Josh and Holly to the stage beginning at 8:00pm and ending at 10:00 pm. At 2:30 pm until 4:30 pm on Saturday, County Music band from Nashville TN, Aylan will be performing with the Lafary Band ending the nightly performance beginning at 6:00 pm.

Other notable events occurring throughout the show will be the King & Queen Contest on Wednesday at 7:30pm; the Prince & Princess Contest at 7:00pm, Pie Eating Contest at 8:00 pm, on Thursday; Talent Show on Friday at 5:05pm; Kids Pumpkin Painting at 12:30 pm on Saturday, Biggest Pumpkin Awards at 1:00pm, 2:00 pm Kids Tractor Pull registration beginning at 1:30 pm and at 5:00 pm a Cheerleading Contest for both High School & Junior High. Opening Ceremonies will be at 5:00 pm daily except Saturday when they will occur at 10:00 am.


For more information about Miss America, Katie Stam visit: http://www.missamerica.org/miss-america/meet-miss-america.aspx

NMLRA and Friendship Flea Market

Friendship Overlook 4086NMLRA Post 4038This weekend is the opening of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association annual Fall Championship Shoot. On September 12th through September 20th, Friendship Indiana will come alive with pre 1840’s encampments, working livestock and traders of leather, knifes, beads and other time period wares. The annual event open ceremonies will begin at 12:00 pm Saturday in front of the clubhouse and a parade will begin at the primitive gate. Admission is free for NMLRA members and children under 18 years of age; $3.00 for non members for a one day pass, a weekly pass maybe purchase for $10.00. All passes include entrance into the main and primitive range.  

Throughout the two week event a number of shooting competitions will be held for beginners and novice alike. For information on all of the shooting competitions please visit www.nmlra.org website to learn more about the classes and qualifications. NMLRA also offers beginners lessons that will teach how to handle, load and fire one of these early American firearms.

Once you have had the experience of learning first hand of the lifestyle of our early ancestors through living history demonstrations of gunsmithing, woodworking, bowmaking, soapmaking, etc.; visit the Rand House, opened daily during the NMLRA event, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm,  to get a first hand look at the collection of firearms on loan from the Tippecanoe County Historical Association of Lafayette Indiana and Schenmann and Wirsling of Cincinnati Ohio. Also, on loan from the historical association will be many Civil War and pre Civil War swords for this year’s event. Some of today’s most prized Native American stone tools will be on display at the museum. The Rand House in conjunction with the NLMRA living history demonstrations is great way for the entire family to take a glimpse of American’s history.

For the history enthusiasts or for those who just need a getaway to explore some of Indiana’s beautiful landscape The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Fall Shooting Competition in Friendship Indiana is a most see.

And if that is not enough to do in Friendship those two weeks feel free to shop at the Friendship Flea Market. The market is free to the public but there is a $3.00 fee for parking. You can park and visit both the market and NMLRA event! Some of the parking fee benefits the American Legion.

The Friendship Flea Market has been going strong since 1968, with many of the same vendors coming back year after year. The flea market is open daily beginning September 12th and running through the 20th from 9:00 am with most vendor staying open until 9:00 pm. Each night of the Friendship Flea Market there will be live music and a bonfire. Campsites are available for weekly or nightly rentals. To learn more about Friendship Flea Market visit their website at www.friendshipfleamarket.com