Local News

June 12, 2014

Round Barn Festival cuts down to two days

Free entertainmentat Round Barn Festival includes Beatles tribute

ROCHESTER — Now a two-day event instead of three, the Fulton County Round Barn Festival will be this Friday and Saturday in downtown Rochester.

For years, the festival spanned Thursday to Saturday. But now in its 44th year, it’s just Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day.

Diane Spore, executive director of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, said the festival changed to respect local businesses.

If streets were closed down for three days, Spore said, it would keep local businesses from maintaining normal businesses hours.

”It seemed a lot better for businesses,” Spore said of the two-day format.

Spore also said the chamber adjusted the free entertainment to be more “family-friendly.”

Friday’s main attractions will be Kalita, a magician and illusionist, and Cavern Beat, a Beatles tribute band.

Performing on Saturday will be T.A.G. (Totally Against The Grain), a Christian hip-hop artist, and Lady Sunshine, a blues and jazz artist.

Apart from the festival entertainment, there are smaller events throughout the day such as carnival rides for kids, water fights and food.

”Even if it’s not happening on the Main Stage,” Spore said, “it’s happening within the festival.”

Spore said one of the fan-favorite events is the twilight parade. It begins at 8 p.m. Friday and lasts an hour. There are dozens of floats and a contest for the best one.

The festival will continue to have two round barn tours each day. Tour participants will learn the history of the round barns as well.

Spore said the festival attracts not just people from northern Indiana, but southern Indiana and around Chicago. Fulton County is the round barn capital of the world, Spore said.

Reach Ben Middelkamp at or 574-732-5117.

If you go WHAT: Fulton County Round Barn Festival WHEN: Friday and Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m. each day WHERE: Downtown Rochester COST: Free MORE INFO: Schedule of events: Friday 9 a.m. Round Barn Tour (starts at West 8th Street in front of RTC) Noon to 1 p.m. RTX All Stars, Main Stage 1 p.m. Round Barn Tour (starts at West 8th Street in front of RTC) 1:30-2:30 p.m. Blue Dragon Taekwondo, Main Stage 3:30-4:30 p.m. Kalita, magic and escape artist, Main Stage 5-7 p.m. Adrienne Frailey, folk singer/songwriter, Main Stage 8 p.m. Twilight parade 9-11 p.m. Cavern Beat, Beatles tribute band, Main Stage Saturday 9 a.m. Round Barn Tour (starts at West 8th Street in front of RTC) 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Balloon Man, Main Street Noon-1 p.m. Just Jammin, Main Stage 1 p.m. Round Barn Tour (starts at West 8th Street in front of RTC) 1:30 -2:30 p.m. T.A.G., Totally Against The Grain, Christian hip hop artist, Main Stage 2 p.m. Literacy Tug of War, west side of the Courthouse lawn 3-4 p.m. Fulton County Jazz Choir, Main Stage 4 p.m. Firefighters Waterball Competition, Madison Street, between 8th and 9th streets 4:15-5:15 p.m. Tri County Kickers, front of Main Stage 6-8 p.m. Bluehour, Chicago jazz band, Main Stage 9-11 p.m. Main Stage, Lady Sunshine, jazz, funk, blues, New Orleans, rock, Main Stage

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Logansport City Council prepares 2015 budget Logansport City Council members started meeting with department heads earlier this week to discuss proposed expenses as they shape the budget for next year.Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin prefaced the discussion Monday night by saying the budget as it

    August 20, 2014

  • Staples to close by Sept. 20 Logansport's Staples office supply store is closing Sept. 20, a company spokesperson said. It's the latest in a slew of closings the company announced in March it would pursue, stating its goal was to shutter about 225 stores, more than 10 percent of

    August 20, 2014

  • NWS-PT082014 Earthquake4.jpg Shake, rattle and roll: Students learn earthquake safety with simulator WALTON — Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School students experienced what three levels of earthquakes feel like during the school day Tuesday.The Quake Cottage, a mobile earthquake simulator, is run in partnership with the Indiana Department of Homeland Secu

    August 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • Grissom Fire Department 04 [Duplicate] [Duplicate] Military fire power: Grissom FD critical to regional safety GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE — There are six people trapped inside a burning airplane. You and your partner have 10 minutes to rescue them.And you have to do it blind, groping and crawling in total darkness, burdened down with fire gear and an oxygen tan

    August 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • NWS-PT082014 McTaggart awards.jpg Writers win McTaggart honors The Trustees of the Logansport-Cass County Public Library recently announced the winners of the fifth annual McTaggart Writing Competition.In the student poetry division, Lari Rutschmann took first place with her poem “Hands” and second place with an

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Data breach affects Dukes Memorial Hospital PERU — Dukes Memorial Hospital was one of nine Indiana hospitals affected by Monday's data breach at Community Health Systems. Community Health Systems — which is not affiliated with Community Health Network, the Indianapolis-based healthcare provide

    August 19, 2014

  • Police Blotter: Aug. 19, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    August 19, 2014

  • State sues EPA over carbon dioxide regulations The state of Indiana and 11 other states are suing the U.S. Environment Protection Agency over its recent carbon dioxide regulations, contending the agency is “overstepping its authority.” The lawsuit, filed this month in U.S. Court of Appeals in the

    August 19, 2014

  • Council passes annexation exceptions Exceptions to local rules are now in place for residents of land Logansport is annexing should the city win the lawsuit filed by opponents set to get underway again next month.Logansport City Council narrowly approved 4-3 the annexation of two territ

    August 19, 2014

  • NWS-PT081914 COAL TRUCK.jpg Booms and busts: What will happen to coal towns? DUGGER — The existence of this small southwestern Indiana town has depended on coal for a long time. It was named for the Dugger family that sunk the first mine in 1879. Within five years, Dugger was one of largest villages in eastern Sullivan County

    August 19, 2014 2 Photos

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Deadly Landslides in Japan Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Arrests Witnessed in Ferguson Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape Texas Gov. Perry: Indictment 'a Political Act' US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading Video Shows Ferguson Cop Months Before Shooting Heavy Rains Flood Arizona Roads US Trying to Verify Video of American's Killing FBI Director Addresses Ferguson Shooting in Utah Raw: Police at Scene of St. Louis Shooting Police: 2 Calif. Boys Planned School Shooting NOLA Police Chief Retires Amid Violent Crimes

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.

Does Indiana need a statewide water management plan and an administrator to implement it?

     View Results