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June 30, 2015 • Headlines

The annual farm and antique machinery show, sponsored by SE Indiana F.A.R.M. Club was held at Ripley County Fairgrounds and featured steam engines and other farm equipment. Congregating around a 3/8 model Advance Rumely steam engine replica are Dave Schmaltz, Wyatt Bischoff, Easton Hoog, Colt Bischoff, Chris Schmaltz, Tasha Bischoff, Brandon Bischoff and dog Chevy. GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
The annual farm and antique machinery show, sponsored by the SE Indiana F.A.R.M. Club was held at the Ripley County Fairgrounds and featured steam engines and other farm equipment.
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There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate our country’s independence for the Fourth of July. Actually, you can do so for two days if you prefer to stay within Ripley County.

On Friday, the Versailles State Park will host its annual fireworks display. It won’t cost you anything to enter the park from 7 to 10 p.m. Fireworks are released at dusk, around 9 p.m. A lot of people like to bring a blanket, food and drink, plus Frisbees and balls to enjoy prior to the display.

Another site to check out on Friday is the Ripley County fairgrounds in Osgood. The Ripley County Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual night out and fireworks, thanks to a grant from the Gilmore and Golda Reynolds Foundation. Gates open at 5 p.m. with plenty of food, crafts and vendor booths to peruse. There is no admission charge. That evening the popular Centerline band will play before the fireworks are set off, beginning at 7 p.m.

It was iffy for a few weeks on whether Milan would host its annual fireworks display since the town did not have the funds to do so, but several local businesses stepped up and raised the $5,000 needed to put on the display, which will be on Friday, July 3 at the Daren Baker Memorial Park in Milan. The donors include Baylor Family Foundation, Myers’ Marathon, DJ’s Bar and Restaurant, Whitewater Motor Company, Kelly Oil, Batesville Tool & Die, Subway in Milan and other small donations. H & C Amusements of Sunman has also agreed to provide kids games, a bouncy house, and other amusements. All amusement proceeds will go towards the Milan fireworks. Any donations beyond the $5,000 that has already been raised will go towards next year’s fireworks. Anybody willing to make a donation towards the fireworks should contact Melissa Baker at 812-621-8486. Prior to the fireworks, there is an ice cream social offered at the Milan Baptist Church on Main Street from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Fourth of July is not the same without a parade. On Saturday, the town of Milan will once again host a parade, and this year the grand marshal is Albert King. He was nominated for his long service to the local Boy Scouts troop. The parade, sponsored by the Milan Lions Club, starts at 10 a.m. Prior to the parade there is an all-you-can-eat breakfast at Milan Methodist Church from 7 to 9 a.m.

After the parade Saturday, the public is invited to a chicken dinner at the Milan fire department from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or a steak dinner from the Milan VFW from noon to 9 p.m.

Also on Saturday, but in Versailles, the Versailles Main Street committee is sponsoring a Picnic on the Square. This will follow the weekly 8 a.m. Farmers Market with food, games and activities beginning at 10 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the music while having a picnic lunch at 11 a.m. The event goes on until 2 p.m.

Saturday fireworks

If you miss Friday fireworks displays, you can venture to the north end of the county to Batesville. Hillcrest Country Club fireworks display will be set off at dusk Saturday. The community can watch from public areas. The club is located on SR 46 and SR 229. Good vantage points are nearby fast food restaurant parking lots. Church on the Rock in Batesville is having a pitch-in at 6 p.m. and invites people to watch the fireworks from their church.

Fun on Thursday, July 2

Since many people probably do not have to work on Friday due to the holiday the next day, they might enjoy the activities at the county fairgrounds in Osgood. On Thursday, there will be three quarter midget races and 4 cylinder truck races beginning at 7 p.m. Keep in mind, if you don’t feel like cooking Thursday, there’s also a nice smorgasbord that evening beginning at 4:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Napoleon with carryout available.

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