Road Rally showcases Ripley County
What is part Sunday afternoon drive
and part scavenger hunt?
The answer is the Ripley County Spring Road Tour sponsored by
the Ripley County Tourism Bureau and the Scenic Road Rallies in
Sunman. The event held on Saturday, April 25 gave teams from Kentucky,
Ohio and Indiana the chance to see the unusual or unknown in their
own backyards while competing for prizes such as a gift certificate
to Ertel Cellars, an overnight stay at the Newman-Vollmer Bed
and Breakfast in Osgood, tickets to the Lore of the Laughery and
a Versailles State Park pass.
According to Scenic Road Rallies President Satolli Glassmeyer,
this is the third year for the tourism sponsored event. The
road rally is one of the smaller venues for Ripley County,
noted Katharine Taul, Ripley County Tourism Director. Its
a fun event for the family, she said. Its a way to
learn about the area and build the local economy.
Fourteen teams left the Versailles State Park on that bright Saturday
morning on an adventure that led them past grazing bison and elk;
almost forgotten family cemeteries; and magnificent scenic valley
views. The driving tour wound through Versailles, Friendship and
Milan via the county roads with opportunities to stop along the
way to visit the Friendship General Store, the Milan 54 Museum,
or take photos of picturesque covered bridges and steel truss
While navigating the course, the teams answered questions particular
to the course. For instance, the location of Goose Island was
discovered on Perry Street in Versailles, Stephen Hardings
birthplace in New York found at the courthouse square; and other
information located along the course.
As an added challenge, the teams looked for horse hairs, blades
of grass, a comic from Bazooka bubble gum, and other items for
the scavenger hunt. Each correctly answered question and scavenger
hunt item found was worth five points for a possible 200 points
It was a lot of fun, said participant, Robert Holt.
I would like to do it again sometime.
Scenic Road Rallies offer other events throughout the year in
Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Massachusetts, according to Glassmeyer.
We visit towns that time has forgotten, he said.
For more information on upcoming driving tours, visit www.scenicroadrallies.com
or contact Satolli Glassmeyer at 812-623-5727. For more information
on upcoming events in Ripley County visit the Ripley County Tourism
Bureau website: www.ripleycountytourism.com or call 812-689-7431.
BETH RUMSEY PHOTOS
Pictured above are teams coming from Indiana, Kentucky,
and Ohio to participate in the Road Rally sponsored by the
Ripley County Tourism Bureau on Saturday, April 25. Satolli
Glassmeyer is pictured explaining the rules of the road.
Left: Roselyn McKittrick and Ruby McDonald were pleased
to spend time with visitors to the Milan 54 Museum. The
museum was one of the stops on the road rally. Here visitors
learned about the exciting events surrounding the state
championship as well as view memorabilia from the movie