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Dugger Coal Fest kicks off Saturday

Friday, September 17, 2010

What could be the last long Dugger Coal Festival starts Saturday, eight days of family fun which organizers suggest might be cut down to only four days next year.

"The money is an issue," said Coal Festival Chairman Jon Dobbins. "Trying to get the money to put it on every year is taking more and more effort."

While the festival once cost about $3,000 to plan and produce, costs have now increased to about $7,000 each year.

Dobbins, who has served as chairman eight years, won't return to that post next year. He's stepping down, but will remain involved in planning.

"My goal is to get it to be shorter next year," Dobbins said. "Just beef it up more and have it over four days, not the nine."

The Coal Festival commences today with community yard sales and a mud volleyball tournament expanded from a single day to two. That's because the double elimination tourney proved unworkable over a single day.

"We just had too many teams," Dobbins said.

Generally, this year's fest closely resembles last year's, Dobbins said, though the parade has been expanded and now includes Chicago's South Shore Drill Team, performing dances along the route. The United Methodist Church will also collect donations for its Food Pantry along the parade route, and the Dugger Children's Charities, formed by police, firefighters, the Sons of the American Legion and the Uptown Tavern, will be collecting cash donations along the route for Christmas presents intended for kids in need.

The fest's schedule begins Saturday and spans eight days:

Saturday, Sept. 18

* Community Yard Sales will be held across the community. To take part, contact Patrice Collins at 648-3293 or 699-9464.

"There are no set spaces," Dobbins said. "People just have to find a set spot."

* The mud volleyball tournament will begin at 3 p.m. Sign-ups will occur beginning at noon. There is a $20 entry fee for each four-member team.

Sunday, Sept. 19

* Vendors open at 10 a.m.

* Homemade chicken and noodle dinner begin 11:30 a.m. at the Dugger Community Building. Advance sale tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 10. Those under 3 are free. Sale tickets at the door increase a dollar.

* Gospel in the Park begins at 1 p.m. featuring the Glory Land Trio, Jack Templeton and His Band, Isiah 53, Mike Fonderhide and Cry for Mercy-Outdoor Stage

* The second day of the mud volleyball tournament begins at 2 p.m.

* A corn hole tournament begins at 2 p.m. There is a $20 entry fee for teams of four.

* The Coal Festival Queen Scholarship Pageant will be at 2 p.m. on the Community Building stage, with 10 candidates participating. The contest, sponsored by Peabody Energy, provides a $500 scholarship for the queen, with $250 for the first runner-up and $100 for the second runner-up.

"Before we've had three or four, we opened it up this year for freshman to seniors, before we just had juniors and seniors. We ended up with two freshmen and I believe three sophomores, three juniors and two seniors," organizer Jennifer Pinkston said.

Up for the queen's crown this year are: Caitelyn Lewis, Courteney Collins, Ashleigh Boyd, Conner Kendall, Tori Martindale, Ashlee Horton, Rikki Edwards, Karina Brooks, Shayna Nicol, and Shellby Smith.

* A community church service will be at 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church

Monday, Sept. 20

* The Main Street Coal Museum will be open downtown throughout the day.

* Vendors open at 5 p.m.

* Eddie McCammon's "Fast Eddie DJ and Karaoke" will perform at 6 p.m. on the outdoor stage.

* Community Fun Night begins at 6 p.m. Events will include a pet parade, baking contest, cricket spitting contest, watermelon eating contest and coal car race.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

* The Main Street Coal Museum will be open downtown throughout the day.

* The Mount Calvary Church will host a spaghetti supper beginning at 4 p.m. in the Community Building.

* Vendors open at 5 p.m.

* The first night of the carnival, hosted by Shortline Amusements of Shelburn, opens its midway at 5 p.m. About a dozen rides and attractions are expected this year, Dobbins said.

* Baby contest registrations for children ages 3 and under and Junior King and Queen registrations for kids 4 to 7 begin at 5:30 p.m. on the Community Building stage. The baby contest follows at 6 p.m. Entry fees are a dollar donation, Dobbins said.

* DJ Weezered will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. on the outdoor stage.

* The Junior King and Queen Contest, open to children ages 4 to 7, will be at 7 p.m. on the Community Building stage.

* Kim Possible, a Nashville, Tenn., rapper and recording artist will perform at 7 p.m. on the outdoor stage.

* At 7:30 p.m., the Redneck Queen Contest will be held. Participants place jars around town to raise money for the festival, with the top moneymaker awarded the queen's crown. Other prizes are awarded during the contest, which includes a costume contest. Those wishing to participate may contact Terri Heaton at (812) 648-2483.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

* The Main Street Coal Museum will be open downtown throughout the day.

The Dugger Masonic Lodge will host a 4 p.m. steak supper at their Lodge on Main Street.

* Vendors open at 5 p.m.

* The carnival opens at 5 p.m.

American Legion Big Wheel Race begins at 6 p.m. behind the First Christian Church.

* The Indianapolis Colts in Motion Traveling Museum will be in the park from 6 to 8 p.m.

* Wikker Elephant will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. on the outdoor stage, a performance sponsored by the Indiana Railroad.

* The Firefly Parade, open to kids in sixth grade or younger, begins at dusk.

* A Paranormal Indiana Seminar will be at 8 p.m. on the Community Building stage.

Thursday, Sept. 23

* The Main Street Coal Museum will be open downtown throughout the day.

The Dugger American Legion will host a free bean dinner beginning at 4 p.m, in the American Legion Building on Main Street.

* Vendors open at 5 p.m.

* The carnival opens at 5 p.m.

* The American Legion pedal tractor pull at 6 p.m. behind First Christian Church on Main Street.

* A Health Fair presented By Sullivan County Community Hospital will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Building.

* Rockin' Terry Lee and the Rockaboogie Band, a classic rock band whose music spans the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., sponsored by the Indiana Railroad.

Friday, Sept. 24

* The Main Street Coal Museum will be open downtown throughout the day.

The Dugger-Cass Township Volunteer Fire Department will hold a Jonah Fish Fry at 4 p.m. in the Community Building.

* The carnival opens at 5 p.m.

* The Indiana Blood Center's Blood Mobile will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. Those who donate receive a coupon good for $1 off the price of the fish fry.

* The Dugger Elementary Parent Teacher Organization will host a carnival at 6 p.m.

* Wacky the Clown will perform from 6 to 10 p.m. at the community building.

* DJ Weezered will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on the outdoor stage.

* Philpot, a Dugger-based rock band, will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. on the outdoor stage.

Saturday, Sept. 25

* The Main Street Coal Museum will be open downtown throughout the day.

* The 2010 Dugger Coal Festival and Union High School Homecoming Parade will be held at 10 a.m. This year's theme is "Just To See You Smile." A soup and salad bar will be presented at the Community Building. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for kids ages 3 to 12, and those under 3 are admitted free.

* Garden tractor pulls will be held immediately following the parade.

* The Union High School Homecoming Festivities begin at 1:30 p.m.

* The Union Homecoming football game pitting the Union Bulldogs against the North Knox Warriors begins at 2 p.m.

* The Union High School alumni banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. at Union High School.

* A Union High School alumni dance will be from 8 p.m. until midnight at the Greene County Shrine Club for those 21 and older. The dance features the country rock band the Awesome Possum Project.

* A post-dance party will be held at Hall's Uptown Tavern for those 21 and older.

Sunday, Sept. 26

* A UHS Alumni Co-Ed Softball Tournament will be at the Dugger baseball diamond. For details, contact Jesse Martin at 648-3536.

* A car show will be in the park from noon to 3 p.m.

* A barbecue pork chop dinner will be held in the community building at 11:30 a.m, benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


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Thanks for all you have done Jon. You have done a great job with the festival. Without you stepping up, it would not be around anymore. Hopefully people will let you know they appreciate all you do.

-- Posted by Sensible on Fri, Sep 17, 2010, at 8:00 PM

Thank You JON DOBBINS! You do a wonderful job putting the coal festival on. My family looks forward to it every year. Thanks again

-- Posted by GOBULLDOGS on Fri, Sep 17, 2010, at 11:01 PM

Thanks Jon. You have done a wonderful job keeping the festival going! Looking foward the activities this year.

-- Posted by unionmom95 on Mon, Sep 20, 2010, at 9:16 AM


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