News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 24, 2013

The celebration season

Festival helps us all get in mood for summer

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Spring has been a bit elusive at times in 2013, which is its nature. While there have been glimpses of the great weather that makes this time of year so appealing, there have also been cold streaks, with a mix of rain and flooding throughout the Wabash Valley.

But we’ve made it through, and there is no more certain sign that a more settled spring has arrived and summer is approaching than the opening of the annual Banks of the Wabash Festival in Fairbanks Park.

The festival opened Thursday evening and will run each night through June 1.

It’s a special year for the festival for a couple reasons. This festival marks the 40th year for the event, with the last 30 under sponsorship of the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department. It also coincides with 2013 Year of the River, a year-long celebration of the impact the Wabash has had on our community and how the river can be better integrated into Terre Haute’s daily life.

The schedule is jam-packed with activities each day, so there are many ways to be entertained. A carnival is a daily feature, and there will be music each evening at the park’s beautiful amphitheater.

We urge you to check and save this week’s ’Bash entertainment section of your Tribune-Star (published in Thursday’s paper) for the festival’s complete daily schedule. You can also visit

With the festival under way, the summer season gets an early start. Celebrate your community by heading off to Fairbanks Park and taking it all in.

Cheers …

n To Chanli Mundy and Calvin Blank, the Terre Haute North Vigo High School student-athletes who won this year’s McMillan Awards. The two excelled in their respective sports at North and these high honors are well-deserved.

n To all those kind souls around the Wabash Valley who are stepping up to offer assistance in any form to the victims of this week’s devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma.