According to co-coordinator of the festival, Theresa Lakin, the Jasper County Fall Festival is expecting close to 70-75 craft, antique and home décor vendors and 20 food vendors. Booths will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22; from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23; and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24.
Attendees can also enjoy daily live entertainment, including mud drags, tractor pulls and semi-truck pulls, and a demolition derby. Tickets cost $6 for grandstand seats, and $8 for infield, track-side seating. Children 5 and under are free.
Live music entertainment will be presented on the free stage throughout the festival. From 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, attendees can participate in karaoke; Nancy Brouwer, Kyle Bledsoe and Night Shift Band will take the stage on Saturday, Aug. 23; and Rick Rascoe will perform from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24.
A beer garden will be open in the Farm Bureau Commercial Building from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23.
A Weed Wacker Pulling Association event will take place on Sunday, Aug. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event consists of 1/5 scale RC truck and tractor pulling.
Weed Wacker pulling participants build trucks and tractors using the engines of weed eaters, chain saws and other garden tools. An experimental class allows participants to use go-kart and scooter engines. The goal of the event is to see which competitor's machine can pull the furthest on a 60-foot track. Interested individuals are encouraged to watch the event at Jasper County Fall Festival to talk to current Weed Wacker Pulling Association members and to learn how the event is run.
To learn more about Weed Wacker pulling and the Weed Wacker Pulling Association, visit www.wwpa4fans.com. The Jasper County Fairgrounds are located on Highway 114 West in Rensselaer, Indiana. For more information on the Jasper County Fall Festival, visit www.jaspercofallfestival.com.