The town of Bowling Green will be celebrating the 139th year of Indiana's longest running picnic with food, fun, family and something extra, the dedication of the newly designed Welcome sign.
Events at the Old Settler's Day Picnic actually begin Thursday at noon, and will continue until dark.
A midway of bounce houses and obstacle courses await children of all ages, including adults. Bracelets to bounce for a full day are available for $10.
Arts and crafts, flea markets and multiple yard sales, including the annual youth group for the United Methodist Church yard sale, will be on site for shopping.
At 5 p.m., visitors can enjoy a tasty ribeye dinner at the Community Building. For the bargain price of $8, patrons can feast on steak, baked potatoes, beans, salad and desert.
Bingo will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Center with prizes from Longaberger, Pampered Chef and various others.
Entertainment by Talent Limited Entertainment DJ will be featured in the town square from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and listeners are urged to bring their lawn chairs and visit.
"This picnic started as a community picnic years ago to get folks to visit with their neighbors and enjoy being in this community," Jennifer Buell, committee member, said. "It's still the main reason we've continued this event. We are trying to encourage families to come and enjoy an outing that is more relaxed. We've also tried to add more kid-friendly activities so that the children enjoy the event as much as their parents do."
Friday's events are much like Thursday's, with the exception of a Jonah Fish Fry dinner being offered. The Fish Fry begins at 4 p.m., and the cost is $7 for adults, and $4 for children.
The James Family Singers, Louie Popejoy and the Heirs of Bluegrass, along with Indefinite begin entertaining the crowd at 5 p.m.
The big event on Friday is the Horse Pull with a top prize of $200 and a trophy going to the winner.
Saturday is a busy day in Bowling Green, with so much to see and do; visitors should plan to spend the day.
A breakfast from 7-11 a.m. will be offered at the Masonic Lodge No. 85, with a buffet offered after 4 p.m.
What would the day be without the Baby, Toddler and Little Miss contests starting at 9 a.m.?
The dedication of the redesigned Welcome to Bowling Green sign, which graces the entrance to the town, will begin at 12:30 p.m.
Those wishing to attend the dedication ceremony are urged to bring lawn chairs, and there will be a shuttle bus leaving from the Masonic Lodge at 12:15 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place under the awning of the Community Center.
More free entertainment will be in the square beginning at 3 p.m.
Performers from the YMCA of Clay County Dance Factory, the Deaton Family, Samaritan Quartet and Lisa Jo and the Country Thunder Band will provide hours of enjoyment.
An antique tractor pull will round out the weekend with hopeful entrants weighing in at 5 p.m. at the Bowling Green Feed and Grain. The tractor pull will begin at 7 p.m.
"This year there will be ample chances for visitors and residents to help the town. Multiple fundraisers will be happening," Buell said. "Groups are raising money for new playground equipment. The equipment we currently have is from the old Bowling Green school. It's not in the best of shape, and so many families use the local playground that we need to give it a face lift."
The committee is also raising funds to fix the ballpark. Last month the ballpark was vandalized.
Funds for the upkeep of the square are also needed.
The Old Settler's 139th annual Picnic runs from Thursday-Saturday, noon until dark.
For more information, contact committee member Jennifer Buell, 812-986-6350.