Rotary gears up for reopening by resuming summer events


Members of the Crawfordsville Rotary Club met Thursday at Camp Rotary to discuss reinitiating summer plans as social-distancing guidelines begin to loosen.

Coinciding with its 100th anniversary in Crawfordsville, the club’s food festivals and concerts featuring local talent were originally scheduled for June through September.

However, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many events through June and into July had to be canceled.

“We met with the Parks and Recreation department and Hoosier Heartland State Bank to coordinate with them,” Rotarian Ron Hess said. “Our date (for the first festival) was July 10, but we’re opening that up on Aug. 14.”

A total of three festivals are now planned throughout August and September.

“The second one will be the second Friday of the month — Sept. 11 — and the last one will be Sept. 25,” he said.

Vendors will open their booths at 5:30 p.m. each evening, with local talent concerts commencing at 5:45. Two bands will highlight the evenings with shows beginning at 6:45 until about 10.

“We got five of the six bands originally scheduled to come back,” Hess said.

Proceeds from each event will be put toward community service projects the club creates, both on local and international levels. Projects include scholarship fundraisers, World Polio Day, Little Libraries and the installation of solar panels in a remote village in Haiti.

Each concert will be located at Pike Place in downtown Crawfordsville.

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