Parade, music, food highlight fest

File photoThis was one of many fire trucks in a previous parade.

Food, music, games and good times are promised for those who attend the Sunman Firemen's Festival Friday-Saturday, June 14-15 (please see box).

Musicians will entertain both days. "We have some bigger name bands this year," reports fest chairman Dan Sunderman.

Friday features acoustic sounds from Josh Wells prior to Automation taking the stage. Then on Saturday, acoustic melodies will be presented by Tyler Brindley, followed by 90 Proof Twang.

Food is a big draw. On Friday night, smoked pork chop dinners will be served, and Saturday's menu includes fried chicken. The meals with all the trimmings for those dining in are $12 for adults and $6 for children. Carryouts are $11 for adults and $5 for kids.

Lighter fare, including burgers, fries and even ice cream, will also be available.

A big attraction is Saturday's parade. Lineup begins at 2 p.m. at Sunman Elementary School. "Placement in the parade will be on a first-come, first-served basis," reveals organizer Lucas Garvey.

"We will have the same route as last year (south on Meridian Street, east on Eastern Avenue and ending at the Sunman American Legion). There is no specific theme, and it's still not too late to enter!"

"Parades are somewhat of a dying art nowadays. I always encourage businesses/agencies to come out and participate in the parade because it shows support for the community and the fire department. Plus, it provides some excellent free advertising. On top of all that, it's pretty darn fun getting together as a community and showing off your business/organization."

He also hopes the public watches the procession. "There's always something special about getting together as a community to support each other. Plus it's a blast for kids and adults to see all the different ... (participants). This year, we will have a multitude of fire departments, agencies and many local businesses involved."

The parade is kickstarting Saturday's activities "so it will be a great opportunity for people to come in, enjoy an awesome parade and then walk right over to the park for our biggest festival yet!"

In addition, the event will have an area for kids, which includes bouncy houses. Adults shouldn't feel left out because there will also be games for them and, of course, a beer garden. Sunderman points out, "You can't have a festival in Indiana without this!"

One hundred percent of fest proceeds go to the Sunman Rural Fire Department for its needs, which could include uniforms, turnout gear or equipment.

"We truly appreciate the community's support," he adds.

Diane Raver can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.

Sunman Firemen's Festival

Community park

Friday, June 14

4:30-8 p.m. – Smoked pork chop dinners

5-8 p.m. – Josh Wells

8 p.m.-midnight – Automation

Saturday, June 15

3 p.m. – Parade, downtown

4-8 p.m. – Fried chicken dinners

5-8 p.m. – Tyler Brindley

8 p.m.-midnight – 90 Proof Twang

Both days: Kids' amusements, games, softball tournament, beer garden, lunch stand