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May 22, 2014

Banks of the Wabash Festival kicks off May 22

Event offers carnival, nightly entertainment, auto show and more

TERRE HAUTE — Celebrating its 41st year along the east bank of the Wabash River in Fairbanks Park, the 2014 Banks of the Wabash Festival will begin May 22 and run through May 31. The family festival will include Leuhrs’ Ideal Rides for all ages, a new craft market, a merchandise market, bingo, nightly entertainment, food vendors and an auto show.

Admission and parking are free at the festival, sponsored for the past 31 years by the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department.

Local band Ignition will kick off the evening entertainment schedule with its classic rock playlist. Rural Route 3 will perform a collection of straight-to-the-radio original songs with hooks and grooves on Friday. Echoes of Pompeii, a Pink Floyd tribute band from the Chicagoland area, will perform Saturday night.

Gospel Music Day on Sunday is dedicated to the late Nancy Rooney, who founded the evening of local and area church choirs and soloists more than 36 years ago. The event is now organized and coordinated by Sam Glover.

Nashville recording artists Heather Michele Chapman, Levi Riggs and Corey Cox will perform Monday evening.

Thrilling audiences since age 10 with John Michael Montgomery’s “Sold,” Riggs, at 29, has opened for major acts all year long including The Band Perry, Jason Laden, Travis Trite, Easton Corbin, Colt Ford, Justin Moore, Blackhawk, Jo Demising and Paris, Ill., native Brett Eldridge. Last year marked a milestone in Riggs’ career, with a new single on the charts, “There’s Still a Place for That,” along with a music video taken in Riggs’ hometown of Danville, Ind.

Deciding to trade in his college baseball jersey and curveball for a Martin guitar and life on the road was a major turning point in Cox’s life. At age 20, he made the decision to step outside of his traditional, comfortable Indiana small-town existence and throw everything he had at an unpredictable and precarious life as a music man.

The competitive drive Corey took with him from his days on the ball diamond are now paying off five years later as he releases his third album, “Good Night Coming On.”

Cox has shared the stage with Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and Chris Young. He has also performed for tens of thousands of fans at Super Bowl XLVI Village, and sang the national anthem at the Brickyard 400.

Other Nashville performers will entertain next weekend.

Cook & Belle will perform May 30. In the past 15 years they have opened for such artists as Craig Morgan, Lonestar, Rascal Flats, Montgomery Gentry, Sarah Evans, Billy Carrington, Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols, Dierks Bentley, the Charlie Daniels Band, Phil Vassar and Grass Roots.

Abbi Scott will take the evening stage after the HI-99 Country Showdown on May 31. Scott has had many accomplishments in her 18 years, having Nashville taking notice of her true singer-songwriter status. She has been the opener at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza in Nashville, and for Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindle, Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch, Maggie Rose, David Bradley, Jana Kramer and Confederate Railroad. She will open soon for Josh Thompson and Parmalee. She also has been involved in fundraising for Wounded Warriors, the American Heart Association and breast cancer awareness.

See the schedule above for a complete list of activities and band performances. For more information call 812-235-3795  or visit www.banksofthewabashfestival.com.

Schedule of events

Thursday


Carnival, festival open, 6 p.m.

Bargain night, all rides 1 ticket

16 for $20 or $1.50 per ticket

Band Ignition, 7- 9 p.m.

Friday

Carnival, festival open, 5 p.m.

Wrist band night, $22 per person

Ride all evening for one price

Band Rural Route 3, 7:30-9:30 p.m.   

Saturday

Carnival open, 1 p.m.

Festival open, 4 p.m.

22 tickets for $25 or $1.25 each.

Rides take 2 or more tickets

Band Echoes of Pompeii, 6-9 p.m.

Sunday

Carnival, festival open, 4 p.m.

Wrist band day, $22 per person

Ride all day for one price

Gospel Music Day, 4 p.m.

Monday

Carnival open, 2 p.m.

Festival open, 4 p.m.

Wrist band day, $22 per person

Ride all day for one price

HI-99 & Terre Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Memorial Day Jam

with Nashville recording artists

Heather Michele Chapman, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Levi Riggs, 5-7 p.m.

Cory Cox, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Tuesday

Carnival, festival open, 6 p.m.

Family bargain night

All rides take 1 ticket

16 for $20 or $1.50 each

High School Jazz Band Night, 6-8 p.m.

with Terre Haute North South jazz bands

Sponsored by Vincennes University

Wednesday

Carnival, festival open, 6 p.m.

Family bargain night

All rides take 1 ticket

16 for $20.00 or $1.50 each

Terre Haute Community Band, 6:30-8 p.m.

May 29

Carnival, festival open, 6 p.m.

Wrist band night

$22 per person

Ride all evening for one price

Midwest Playboys, 7-9 p.m.

May 30

Carnival, festival open, 5 p.m.

Wrist band night

$22 per person

Ride all evening for one price

Cook & Belle, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

May 31

Carnival open, 1 p.m.

Festival open, 4 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Regular priced tickets 22 for $25 or $1.25 each

Rides take 2 or more tickets

HI-99 Country Showdown, 4-6:30 p.m.

Abbi Scott, 7-9 p.m.

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