Rushville Republican


September 17, 2013

RushFest/Willkie Day is Saturday

The Rush County Chamber of Commerce is spearheading organizational efforts for this year’s Wendell Willkie Day which, in recent years, has also become known as Rushfest.

Chamber director Sandy Fussner said this year’s fall kickoff will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Most of the action will take place in and around downtown Rushville, but there are a couple of events that will reach far beyond the confines of Rushville’s downtown corridor.


A parade will be formed at the RCHS parking lot starting with line-up at 9 a.m. The parade will start at 10 a.m. and travel east on 11th Street to Main Street, south on Main Street to Second Street and then disperse in the general vicinity of the Rush County Courthouse.

Local volunteer Aaron Gurley is in charge of organizing the parade. He said preregistration for parade participants is not necessary, but that “it sure does help make things easier.”

Registration forms will be available onsite at the RCHS/fairgrounds parking lot prior to the start of the parade. You can also email Gurley at or call him at the Rushville Police Department (765-932-3907) for a registration form or with any questions you may have.


Something new to Rush County’s annual fall festival is a “poker run” that will visit Rush County’s historic covered bridges.

Local resident Paul Morrell is helping organize this event and a Facebook page he created indicates that participants can “see the five historic covered bridges and enjoy a 70-mile scenic ride through beautiful Rush County. Motorcycles, Jeeps, classic cars and family rides are all welcome!”

The cost to participate in the poker run is $25 per entry. The fee includes a five card poker hand, T-shirt, barbeque dinner, a chance at door prizes, a motorcycle kickstand puck and free concert featuring Pink Droid (the premier Pink Floyd tribute band). The concert, by the way, is free to everyone, not just poker run participants.

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