Any visitor to the 2016 MaterFest event in downtown Scottsburg this Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23, will certainly not be bored.
No, sirree... From the food trucks to children's games, free entertainment and a haunted trailer to the booths dotting the downtown courtyard square, there will be plenty to do and see.
Take, for example, the county's Indiana Bicentennial bison. He's going to start getting painted this weekend. The goal is to have 200 people paint him as well as have 200 individuals paint the Indiana Bicentennial barn “quilt.” Once the quilt is painted, it will be mounted on the barn by the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum on South Main Street. The quilt has been divided into 200 small squares, and supervision will be available for anyone who'd like to paint the bison or quilt. Vail's Home Center donated paint for the event.
All that action will be at the Arts Council's booth from 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Remember: You don't have to know how to paint. All you need is the desire to be a part of this Indiana Bicentennial event.
Elvis Presley will be on the square Friday night, and his show, or rather Travis Albertson's show, is being filmed for a documentary. Come to the free show, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the gazebo, and dress in 1950s and '60s styles if you'd like because the audience is going to be part of the show, too, as far as the filmmakers are concerned.
He will be preceded by a new talent, David Fisher, who has been fooling around with rope for years, and his amazing talents are highlighted at both 6 and 8 p.m. Known as “The Rope Warrior,” Fisher has performed in Europe and at the White House. His feats are also entered in the Guinness Book of World Records. Get ready to be amazed.
Planning to enjoy some of the entertainment at the gazebo both days of the festival? Make sure you bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to do so in comfort.
Here is the official lineup of events planned for this year's MaterFest:
Friday, July 22
5:00 p.m.: Food trucks and booths open.
6:00 p.m.: The Rope Warrior shows off his skills with a jump rope.
7:00 p.m.: Scott County's Travis Albertson will perform as Elvis Presley.
8:00 p.m.: The Rope Warrior returns with more tricks.
10:00 p.m.: Free showing of Walt Disney Studios' “Zootopia,” a 2016 family film favorite.
Saturday, July 23
8:00 a.m. (to 12 noon): Farmers' Market stalls open in city parking lot on North Main Street.
8:00 a.m.: MaterFest 5K at Heritage Station.
9:00 a.m. (to 3:00 p.m.): Toy tractor show and antique tractor display at Scottsburg Heritage Station off North Main St.
10:00 a.m.: Tomato growers' contest at Heritage Station. Best-looking and the biggest tomatoes are among the categories which will receive ribbons.
10:00 a.m.: New Beginnings Church worship team will sing.
11:00 a.m.: Musician Andrew Pittman.
12 noon: Cooking contest for recipes using tomatoes. Desserts, etc., will be judged.
1:00 p.m.: Musicians Derek LaFountain and Sam Swisher.
2:00 p.m.: Bicentennial Moments presented by the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum.
3:00 p.m.: Cory McNeely will perform his original music.
4:00 p.m.: Singer Sara Campbell.
5:00 p.m.: Rust 'n Bones Band.
6:00 p.m.: Karoke contest with Frank Smith III.
For the karoke contest, individual divisions are set up for youth and adult competitors. Cost to enter is $5. Each singer will perform one song. Finalists will be called back and will perform another, different song.
To learn more about how to enter the 5k race, cooking or growers' contests, visit the MaterFest's Facebook page or materfest.com.