1954 championship basketball players to gather in Milan
More than a dozen of those tied to the 1954 Milan Indians basketball team that won Indiana’s State Basketball Championship plan to be in Milan Saturday, June 2 to sign autographs, field questions from the audience, and meet fans at a wine tasting event. Maris Valainis, who played Jimmy Chitwood in the movie “Hoosiers” is also scheduled to attend. The movie was written by Hoosier Angelo Pizzo after being inspired by the 1954 team, and first hit the screen in 1986.
Governor Mitch Daniels will be Honorary Grand Marshal in Fourth of July Parade
For the second time this year, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will visit Pekin. The first visit was March 3 when Daniels surveyed the damage from the March 2 tornadoes. This time around, Daniels will celebrate a 182 year Pekin, tradition where he will be Honorary Grand Marshal in the July 4 parade.
It’s that time again for the annual Strawberry Festival, which will take place this Saturday, May 26, in scenic Starlight, Indiana. The festival kicks off at 8 am with a 5K Run/Walk for the Berries, then continues to provide activities for visitors of all ages throughout the day and well into the night.