The DeMotte Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Touch of Dutch Festival & Parade on Friday & Saturday, August 11 & 12 at Spencer Park in DeMotte.
Under the continued direction of co-chairmen, Carla Jarrette and Rosemary Weeks, the theme for this year is "Throwback DeMotte 1967" to commemorate DeMotte's 50 years of incorporation. Groovy throwback decorations will deck the halls at the park, giving a nostalgic, retro feel to the festival celebration.
The festival will begin on Friday, August 11 at Spencer Park at 5pm with a special opening ceremony led by DeMotte Boy Scout Troop 157, and an invocation given by Pastor Ed van Wijk from the DeMotte United Methodist Church.
In addition to crafters, artisans, businesses and food vendors, free entertainment lined up for Friday is the festival's Inaugural Pet & Kiddie Parade beginning at 5:30pm near the fountain. D&M Events will again provide a free Pedal Tractor Pull sponsored by Anderson Outdoor Power from 7:00-9:00pm. The Pedal Tractor Pull will be open to all riders from age 4-adult. Live music by Hot Rod Heathens will take to the band shell and perform from 7:00-9:00pm. Kid's entertainment for the evening will include family mini games, bounce houses by Colby Event Services. Illiana Knockerball will be there to offer "bubble soccer" too. Friday events will wrap up at 9:00pm.
On Saturday, the Touch of Dutch Parade will take place on Halleck St. (Rte. 231) at 10am. Halleck St. will be closed on Saturday from 9:30 am until noon. Indiana Ballet Theatre will be performing the Dutch dancing that everyone knows and loves.
The Music of Oz will hit the band shell from 11:30am-12:30pm. Forty-five minutes of KALITA Master of Magic and Escape at the band shell begins at 1pm. Johnny DeMotte will bring their musical talents from 2:30-4:00pm and The Highway Band will bring their soulful Southern Rock from 4:30-6:30. NAWTY is returning again from 7pm-9pm. All live entertainment is free for all!
Colby Event Services Bounce Houses, Illiana Knockerball and lots of kid's games and entertainment will return Saturday, from noon-9pm. A Corn Hole Tournament will take place on Saturday afternoon, $30 Per Team, double elimination with registration at 12:30 pm and bags will fly at 1:00 pm. There will be a Last Man Standing contest too. The Cornhole Tournament is presented by: Tuesday Night Baggers.
Dutch Traditions will be found throughout the event. Authentic Dutch pastries will be brought in fresh on Saturday morning and sold by the DeMotte Christian Schools. Olie Bollen will be prepared fresh, on site, once again by Boy Scout Troop 101 out of Lowell, IN. The Calumet Clowns from Hammond and Gill Knip with Twist & Smile Balloons out of San Pierre will both be on hand to offer special entertainment to kids of all ages.
Craft vendors and specialty food vendors will be servicing the Festival with all types of goodies, and the Beer Garden will be open on Friday from 5p-9p and Saturday from noon until 10pm.
There is no admission to this two-day event. There is free parking, with a lot of handicap and elderly parking and free giveaways on both days from DeMotte Chamber members. Be sure to stop at the Chamber booth under the big pavilion to spin the wheel for your chance to win free prizes, pick up an official Touch of Dutch shirt, or win some Dutch Guilder to spend among the Touch of Dutch vendors.
Other sponsored events include the 5K Walk & Run Rotary Ramble, sponsored by the DeMotte Rotary on Saturday morning. Trophies for this event are wooden shoes directly from the Netherlands. To obtain Rotary Ramble info, or for an application, call Char at 219-987-2875.
Saturday's events will end with a huge fireworks display at dusk. NIPSCO is sponsoring the fireworks for the Touch of Dutch Festival this year and will have a booth at the main pavilion with free giveaways for festival goers.
Learn more at www.DeMotteChamber.org or call 219-987-5800.