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Center Point getting ready for festival

Friday, September 7, 2007

CENTER POINT -- Those in search of good food, good friends and good entertainment at a great price will want to attend the Center Point Community Fall Festival on Sept. 22.

Beginning at 4 p.m., the event will feature a hog roast dinner, ham, beans and cornbread and homemade desserts.

"Last year, we celebrated the town's 150th birthday with a hog roast," Friend of Center Point Treasurer, Brad Stearley said. "The event was so much fun, and we had so many people come and enjoy themselves, that we decided to do it again."

The residents of Center Point, with Paul Hinton's direction, will be cooking up more than 75 pounds of beans for the event.

"Last year we cooked 50 pounds of beans and we ran out," Hinton said. "We don't want that to happen again. We're hoping this event will be bigger than the Fontanet Bean Dinner. We've had people say that our beans and ham were the best they'd ever eaten. If they try ours, they'll be back for more."

In addition to the hog roast and beans, there will be music by the Praise Band from the Center Point Methodist Church, and a performance by the Recycled Rockettes.

"My wife Nancy formed the group with her alumni friends and they've been performing around the area," Jack Knox said. "The group has been popular and they've done shows at the Putnum County Fair and at the Lazy Day in Quincy."

Bubbles the Clown will be performing tricks for the children and those young at heart.

There will also be an antique tractor display.

The event culminates with a spectacular fireworks display put on by Wayne's World of Fireworks from Indianapolis.

"This is going to be a great community event that the whole family can enjoy," Stearley said. "We don't charge for anything, not even the hog roast. We do request that if people enjoy the event, they give a free-will offering. We have decided that more than half of the proceeds will go to the Center Point Volunteer Fire Department and the rest will go toward helping out the community."

Stearley said last year the town had more than 300 visitors, and they are expecting twice that amount this year.

"It's just one big party," Stearley said. "Good friends, good food and good times, what could be better than that?"

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