Rushville Republican

September 17, 2013

RushFest/Willkie Day is Saturday

By Kevin L. Green Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — 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.

Extra cards are $5 (limit of 2) or with donation of one pair of shoes to benefit “Changing Footprints.”

Registration gets underway at 11 a.m. at Riverside Park Amphitheater on Rushville’s south side. The ride gets underway at 1 p.m. and concludes at approximately 6 p.m., in plenty of time for the Pink Droyd concert!

Visit “Rush County Covered Bridge Poker Run” on Facebook for more details or call Morrell at 765-561-2130.


The 100 blocks of East and West Third Street in downtown Rushville will feature plenty for visitors to see and do.

Volunteer Joyce Miller is in charge of activities planned for the 100 block of West Third Street. The local Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market will move to this area for one day. J & J Winery will be on hand offering a wine tasting for the over 21 crowd. There will be a tractor push pedal for kids, farm equipment, live music, and the Rush County Ag Round table is working with Miller on a project.

The Rushville Public Library will be open and having a scavenger hunt as well.

Carole Yeend will be handing activities and attractions in the 100 block of East Third Street.

This will feature a kid’s area. Visitors will have up close access to a fire truck. The Rushville Fire Department’s Smoke House will be operational onsite. There will be rock painting, a clown making various creations out of balloons, a bounce house, a giant slide, Zumba demonstrations and more.


Rushville’s primary north/south corridor will feature assorted vendors on both sides of the street throughout the downtown area, from Second Street to the old Princess Theatre at Fourth Street.

Local DJ Kevin Green will be providing music from the gazebo in Willkie Park in the 200 block of N. Main Street.

If you or anyone you know would like to set up a booth or table the cost is $10. Contact the Rush County Chamber of Commerce at 765-932-2880 to reserve a space or with any questions you may have.


This year’s day of celebration concludes with a free concert by Pink Droyd at Riverside Park Amphitheater.

Pink Droyd (A Tribute to Pink Floyd) brings back to the stage an energetic and completely live recreation of the awe-inspiring music of Pink Floyd and is known as one of the best tribute bands touring the Midwest today.

For more than four decades the amazing music and live concerts of Pink Floyd have entertained and mesmerized audiences around the world. Their live performances were both aurally astounding and visually brilliant.

Today, Pink Droyd brings the look, feel and sound of those shows to audiences around the Midwest. Their show is both accurate to the Pink Floyd music and visually stunning with their robotic, intelligent light show and digital video accompaniment (including the Pink Floyd traditional circular video screen).

Pink Droyd brings to life the music of Pink Floyd by including theatrical performances of some of Pink Floyd’s most memorable songs. From visiting “The Dark Side of the Moon” to building “The Wall,” Pink Droyd spans the Pink Floyd catalog including the most memorable hits and some beloved obscure tracks.

A Crawfordsville native, Doug Henthorn found his passion for music as a 7-year-old.

In the late ‘90s, Henthorn played guitar and sang for Pod, a rock band, on Columbia Records. After learning more about the music industry, Henthorn decided to form Healing Sixes. Four records, countless shows and 15 years later, the band decided to call it quits, resulting in Henthorn’s solo acoustic career.

More recently, Henthorn returned from a European tour as a guest touring member of Joe Bonamassa’s band, where he played the likes of Royal Albert Hall and the Hammersmith Apollo. Henthorn is featured on the last two John Hiatt albums and several Joe Bonamassa albums and has worked with Tony Levin, Jason Bonham, Pat Thrall and Anton Fig. Henthorn is also a regular studio contributor on projects produced by famed L.A. producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley.

Riverside Park Amphitheater is an outdoor music venue at 100 West Water Street in Rushville. The venue is quickly becoming a great concert destination annually hosting live music events and creating a great family-friendly environment with all performances taking place on Saturday evenings.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.

Snacks and drinks are available for purchase. There is a beer garden on-site as well for adults over 21 years of age.

Parking is conveniently available in gravel lots or in surrounding business lots with easy shuttle service to and from the amphitheater. Special handicap parking is also available.

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There are several other special events and activities planned for Saturday. Check our Events listing for details.