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Lewisport Heritage Festival June 2-4, wide entertainment on tap

The 33rd Annual Lewisport Heritage Festival is set from June 2 until June 4 in downtown Lewisport.

Highlights of the festival include pageants, live music, food booths, children’s rides, a 5K walk/run, antique car and motorcycle cruising, and a tractor show and pull.

June 2

On Thursday, June 2, the festival will open at Chapman Park with a greeting from Mayor Chad Gregory at 5:30 p.m. Hancock County VFW Post 5186 will conduct the flag ceremony, and Jonathan White, Youth Pastor of Lewisport Baptist, will offer the opening prayer at 5:45 p.m.

The Heritage Festival Pageant will begin at 6 p.m., with categories in Pincess (10 to 12 years old,) Miss Teen (13-15 years old,) and Miss Lewisport (16 to 19 years old). Entry fee is $15. Advance registration will be held from 4 until 8 p.m., May 26, at Lewisport Fire Department. For additional information contact Marsha Johnson at 270-922-1112 or Tauyna Iverson at 270-922-6692.

Rides open at 6:30 p.m.

Entertainment will be a tailgate party at Chapman Park with a theme of “Mix of Everything,” sponsored by Bluegrass Engineering.

June 3

On Friday, June 3, rides will open at 5 p.m., with the Heritage Festival Pageant beginning at 6 p.m. Categories include Tiny Miss/Mister (2 to 3 years old), Little Miss/Mister (4 to 6 years old), and Junior Miss (7 to 9 years old). Entry fee is $15. For additional information contact Marsha Johnson at 270-922-1112 or Jamie Howard at 270-922-8884.

Entertainment will be Josh Merritt, an Americana artist who is native to Owensboro. Merritt has released his studio debut, “Reynolds Station,” which is concept album with autobiographical songs about his experiences growing up during the growth of methamphetamine epidemic. Merritt has also released a concert album, “Live at Songhouse.” He has opened shows for Hank Williams, Jr., Charlie Daniels Band, Colt Ford, and others. The show will begin at 8 p.m., at Chapman Park.

June 4

Saturday will kick off at 8 a.m., with a 5K Walk/Run, with the route beginning at the corner of 4th and Market Streets. The run is sponsored by the Hancock County Health Coalition. For additional information, contact Tina Snyder at 270-927-6760 or Julie Newton at 270-922-7580.

The Baby Contest will be at 9 a.m., at Chapman Park. Entry fee is $10, and categories are in four-month increments from birth to 23 months. Registration will be held from 8:30 to 9 a.m., at the main stage at the four-way stop. First-place winners in each category will compete for overall Grand Champion Baby Girl/Boy. For additional information contact Marsha Johnson at 270-922-1112 or Shannon Fears at 270-903-8088.

Children’s games for those 5 to 12 years old will begin at 9 a.m. Children should gather in front of the stage at Chapman Park. Contestants should be prepared to get wet or muddy during the games. Contests include a potato sack race, chicken/egg run, ball toss, hula hoop contest, and a treasure hunt. For additional information, contact Sara Roberts at 270-922-7271. Games will be cancelled in the event of rain.

The Lewisport Fire Department will host an open house from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

An antique tractor pull will begin at 10 a.m., at the Lewisport Community Center. For additional information, contact Kasey Emmick at 270-302-0668 or R.J. Simpson at 270-314-3245.

An antique tractor show will kick off at 10 a.m., at Chapman Park. For additional information, contact Kevin Emmick at 270-314-4940 or R.J. Simpson at 270-314-3245.

The antique car and motorcycle show will be from 4 until 6 p.m., at Caroline and 4th Streets. There will be prize drawings at random and you must be present to win. For additional information, contact Kevin Emmick at 270-314-4940.

A talent contest will be held at 6 p.m., at Chapman Park. Categories are 8 years and under, 9 to 12 years old, 13 to 16 years old, and 17 years old. Music with profanity or obscene gestures is prohibited. For additional information, contact Pam Lee at 270-922-8346.

Entertainment on Saturday night will be Caribou, a rock and roll band from Louisville. The show will begin at Chapman Park at 8 p.m. Caribou is billed as “Louisville’s Premier Rock ‘n Roll Dance Band.” Caribou was formed in 1974 by identical twin brothers Bill and John Keeling. The seven-piece band features a full horn section, percussion, bass, and two guitar attack. The band is a popular attraction at the Kentucky State Fair, Kentucky Derby Festival, Horseshoe Casino, as well in television appearances, corporate events, charity events, and wedding receptions. The band also plays popular funk and country tunes.

There will be a fireworks show at 9 p.m., Saturday, sponsored by First Class Services and Independence Bank. In the case of rain, the show will be moved to Saturday, Sept. 3, at 9 p.m.

The rides attractions will be operated by Mark’s Midway Amusement, and arm bands will be $12.

The Beer Garden will open on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.; Friday at 6 p.m.; and Saturday at 4 p.m. All those enter must be at 21 years old.

An ATM will be available on-site for those needing to make cash withdrawals.

For additional information about the Lewisport Heritage Festival, contact Josephine Hagan at 270-922-0839; Jason Roberts at 270-929-4668; Brent Wigginton at 270-922-6665; or Marsha Johnson at 270-922-1112.

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