Rushville Republican

June 24, 2013

Connersville Bicentennial Celebration set

Car show, soap box derby lead up to city’s 200th birthday

Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Connersville – In keeping with its automotive history, the city of Connersville, Indiana, is leading up to its Bicentennial Celebration June 28-July 7 with two transportation-themed events reflecting its past while bringing back a familiar favorite.

On Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, the Soap Box Derby returns to Connersville on Ziegler Road. While Soap Box Derby racing began in Connersville in 1946, the last race was in 1951. Local resident Jim Frank won that last race, and now he’s back, serving on the Bicentennial committee returning the Derby to Connersville.

The official Bicentennial celebration begins Friday, June 28 with a flag raising ceremony at City Hall and activities throughout the day downtown and at Roberts Park at 30th and Park in Connersville. Activities continue throughout the next 10 days, ending with Reunion Day on Sunday, July 7 and closing ceremonies, with a concert by national recording artist Neal McCoy in Roberts Park to end the celebration.

Throughout the Bicentennial a number of family activities will be going on at the park and downtown, with music featuring familiar names such as the Van Dells, JetSet GetSet and Tommy Daugherty Orchestra performing throughout the week. A full list of activities is at

– Rushville Republican