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May 23, 2013

Banks of the Wabash Festival kicks off

Midway rides, food, bingo, crafts and music through June 1

TERRE HAUTE — The 2013 Banks of the Wabash Festival, scheduled today through June 1 in Fairbanks Park, celebrates 40 years along the banks of the Wabash River, 30 under the sponsorship of the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department.

Luehrs’ Ideal Rides will return to the midway, the Hi-99 Texaco Country Showdown will return to the amphitheater stage on Monday, and Nashville recording artist Corey Cox will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

As in past years the festival will feature food, nightly entertainment by local and area musicians, midway games, merchandise and craft market, nightly bingo, and free admission and parking.

The Indiana Pacers Fan Van also will be back — from 6 to 8 p.m. June 1. The fully interactive van has a large LCD-flat screen, a pop-up regulation basket ball hoop attached on the back, a database sweepstakes Kiosk, as well as other elements for fan interaction, including the popular Pacer Prize Wheel where participants can enhance both their literacy and basketball skills, while winning Pacer prizes.

On June 1 only, and weather permitting, unique cars from the personal car collection of Don Smith will be on display from 3 to 7 p.m.

Event organizers remind festival-goers that pets are not permitted in the festival area and alcohol is not permitted in city parks.

Schedule of events

All times and events are weather permitting

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• Carnival, festival open at 6 p.m.

• “Bargain Night” — All rides take one ticket

• 16 for $20 or $1.50 per ticket

• Ace in the Whole Band, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Kicking off the opening night of the festival will be a group of familiar faces, Rik Pagett, Otter Fundip and Jimmy Hollingsworth. Ace in the Whole will entertain you with their Classic Rock tunes from the Foo Fighters to CCR and everything in between.


• Carnival and festival opens at 5 p.m.

• “Pay one price wrist band night”

• Ride any ride as often as you like for $20

• The Southland Band, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Southland Band is a five-piece band based in Terre Haute with Larry Long on drums and vocals, Pat Nuttall on guitar/harp/flute and vocals, Roland Boyd on guitar and vocals, Craig Eberhardt on guitar and vocals, and Cary Eberhardt on bass and vocals. The band’s wide range of music covers Classic/Modern Rock, Country, Blues and even Rock-A-Billy. This is a something for everyone style band.


• Carnival opens at 1 p.m.; festival opens at 4

• Regular priced tickets

• 22 tickets for $25 or $1.25 each. Rides take 2 or 3 tickets

• Judson Hill Band, 8 to 10 p.m.

Judson Hill is a new Country band from the Midwest. The band is driven by the powerful vocals of Alexa McFadden backed by brothers Marc Rogers Jr. and John Rogers. With influence ranging from Keith Urban to Lady Antebellum the band has created an energetic and dynamitic sound that is fresh and new, but instantly comfortable for both Country and Pop fans alike.


• Carnival and festival open at 4 p.m.

• “Pay one price wrist band night,” $20 each

• 4 p.m. Gospel Music Day, organized and coordinated by Sam Glover and dedicated to Nancy Rooney, Gospel Music Day founder.

For more than 35 years this event has been part of the annual Banks of the Wabash Festival, and was originally formed by Nancy Rooney. Sam Glover stepped up after Nancy’s death and took over the reins. Some of the groups and individuals taking part in this year’s event will be Brittney Ledford, CrossWalk, The James Family Singers, “Crimson Cross” and many others. Spirits are sure to be lifted by the music and the inspirational words shared by the praise teams participating in this year’s Gospel Music Day.


• Carnival and festival open at 4 p.m.

• “Pay one price wrist band day”

• Ride any ride as often as you like for $20

• WTHI HI-99 presents The HI-99 Texaco Country Showdown, 5 p.m.

Over the years, stars such as Garth Brooks, Sara Evans and Brad Paisley have competed in the Country Showdown. Some of the biggest and brightest stars in country music got their start in the Texaco Country Showdown. Stars like Sara Evans, John Michael Montgomery, LeAnn Rimes, Toby Keith and Martina McBride, all were participants. Perhaps the newest member to join that group will be one of the participants at this year’s HI-99/Texaco Country Showdown in Fairbanks Park during the Banks of the Wabash Festival.

• Midwest Playboys, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The music doesn’t end after the “Showdown,” so hang on to your seats. The Midwest Playboys will take the stage and keep it Rock’n with everything from country favorites to those terrific tunes from the ’50s and ’60s.


• Carnival and festival open at 6 p.m.

• “Family Bargain Night,” all rides take one ticket

• 16 for $20 or $1.50 each

• Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South Vigo high school Jazz Band Night, Sponsored by Vincennes University, 7 to 9 p.m. Come out and enjoy an evening of jazz and swing music performed by students from Terre Haute North Vigo and Terre Haute South Vigo high schools.


• Carnival and festival open at 6 p.m.

• “Family bargain night,” all rides take one ticket

• 16 for $20 or $1.50 each

• Corey Cox, 7 to 9 p.m.

Nashville recording artist Corey Cox is a rising star in the country music scene. Both his music and performances have received critical acclaim from industry professionals and his fans. His live energetic performance’s from Minneapolis to Key West and from New England to Oklahoma have garnered high praise from appreciative fans at prestigious music venues, fairs and festivals.

May 30

• Carnival and festival open at 6 p.m.

• “Pay one price wrist band night”

• Ride any ride as often as you like for $20

• The Lemon Brothers Band, 7 to 9 p.m.

The Lemon Brother’s Band is a Rockin’ young seriously talented group from the Wabash Valley. The band members’ talent for playing music and singing began at the early age of 4 and they continue to play with a lot of natural groove and enthusiasm.

May 31

• Carnival and festival open at 5 p.m.

• “Pay one price wrist band night”

• Ride any ride as often as you like for $20

• The Nick Matthews Band, 7 to 9 p.m.

Based out of Nashville, Tenn, The Nick Matthews Band is a high energy, harddriving Chicago/Texas-style band. It brings its own sound and style to traditional and contemporary Blues and Classic Rock music. It also performs its own material and arrangements of blues/classic rock cover songs.

June 1

• Carnival opens at 1 p.m.; festival opens at 4

• Last day of festival

• Regular prices tickets

• 22 for $25 or $1.25 each; rides take 2 or 3 tickets

• Dicky James & the Blue Flames, 8 to 10 p.m.

Described by a reviewer as “those electrified blues masters,” Dicky James and the Blue Flames is one of the hottest blues bands touring the Midwest. It has been captivating audiences everywhere with its superb brand of “Smoking” Chicago Style blues so don’t miss this opportunity to see and hear one the “hottest blues bands” around.

Nightly bingo

Take a break, rest a bit and relax while you enjoy some fun and friendly rounds of bingo. Proceeds will help the Lions clubs help others. (sponsored by Pierson Township and Riley Lions clubs)

Bingo schedule:

Today: 6 to 10 p.m.; Friday: 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday through Monday: 4 to 10 p.m. each day; Tuesday through May 30: 6 to 10 p.m. each day; May 31: 5 to 10 p.m.; June 1: 4 to 10 p.m.

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