Times-Union Newspaper

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

North Webster The Place To Be This Weekend

Daniel Riordan
Times-Union Staff Writer

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Looking for something to do this weekend?

You may want to hit up North Webster starting Thursday.

The 2nd Annual Dixie Days kicks off Thursday.

With sidewalk sales, garage sales, music and more, there's plenty to do at the 2nd Annual Dixie Days.

Tonya Bowser, the president of the North Webster-Tippecanoe Township Chamber of Commerce, said that Dixie Days was a way to revitalize the town's sidewalk sales.

In its first year, Bowser estimated that nearly 1,000 people attended Dixie Days.

This year that number is expected to double with several attractions.

While Thursday is the first day, it does offer a chance to see a screening of the film "Welcome To Gentle Waters".

A raffle also will be held to win a DVD of the film, with proceeds benefitting the Dixie.

The film was mostly shot in North Webster and is a mockumentary produced, directed and written by Brent Kado and Jessica Hardy.

The film is rated PG-13.

There will be a bluegrass jam Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

At 7 p.m. the "Chain Gang" barbershop quartet will perform at Dixie Park.

Saturday is the biggest day for Dixie Days.

Events kick off at 7 a.m. and run all day.

The amount of events is something Bowser said will bring in a lot of people to North Webster.

"We have events going on throughout the whole town," said Bowser. "We have events from the community center all the way to the other side of town."

"(Dixie Days) definitely has plenty to offer," said Bowser.

The live music goes on all day Saturday.

Ivory West gets things going at noon Saturday and the music continues with Patrick Woods, Corey Drake and the Megan King Band up until 5 p.m.

The featured act of Saturday night is Possum Trot Ochestra.

They hit the stage at 7 p.m. and will play until 9 p.m.

The Beaters will play at the American Legion from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday night.

And besides plenty of sidewalk sales, garage sales and music, there may be literally something for everyone.

Saturday a beer tent at the American Legion opens at 11 a.m.

A cornhole tournament starts at 1 p.m.

Saturday is also host to an art fair, antique sale and tent sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Dixie Boat, which relaunched last week, will be available for cruises at 1 and 2:30 p.m.

There are games and activites going on all day for friends and family to take part in.

For more information on the 2nd Annual Dixie Days look at the complete schedule below or visit www.northwebster.com

At the website there will be a Dixie Days link on the lower left hand corner of the page.

While at the website, you can also check out what is going on in North Webster.

There are also pdfs of the Dixie Days fliers and a application to the Dixie Days 5K run.

Bowser said having Dixie Days shows all what North Webster can offer.

"I had someone tell me you guys always have something going on up there," said Bowser.

Having Dixie Days to go along with the Mermaid Festival makes North Webster a destination for not only people outside of Kosciusko County but people in the county as well.

So what is that helps a small town like North Webster be able to hold two big events like the Mermaid Festival and Dixie Days just one month apart?

"Everyone is community-minded in North Webster," said Bowser noting the cooperation between both the town, residents and businessess. "Everyone works together here."

The weather looks like it will cooperate for Thursday and Friday with sun and cooler temperatures in the forecast.

Saturday's temperatures look cooler as well.

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