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     •• OCTOBER 1-4 •• 
The annual Riley Days Festival in Greenfield opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday.
One of the largest craft festivals in the state, Riley Days celebrates Greenfield native James Whitcomb Riley, the “Hoosier Poet.” Riley's poem “The Raggedy Man” has been chosen as the theme for this year's festival.
In addition to food vendors, commercial and flea market booths, Riley Days also features plenty of free entertainment and activities for the whole family, including a zipline. A full line-up is available online at
Riley Days officially begins at 5 p.m. Thursday. Opening ceremonies start at six, with a free concert by the Wright Brothers at seven in the Greenfield Banking Company Entertainment Tent at South Street and State Road 9.

     •• OCTOBER 4 •• 
Knights of Columbus Assembly #258, located at St. Anne Parish Center, 102 N. 19th St., New Castle, will host a dinner and concert on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m. The dinner (4 p.m.) includes baked pork chops, roasted potatoes and more. The concert features the O’Connor Family Singers, two of whom live in Knightstown. Call Phil Bradshaw at 765-602-9389 for ticket information.

     •• OCTOBER 9 •• 
Henry County REMC is hosting a Community Day event on Friday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Henry County Memorial Park, 2221 N. Memorial Dr., New Castle. Admission is free and includes lunch, silent auction, entertainment from Lydia Ferguson and Monte Jackson, a bounce house, safety demonstrations, bucket truck rides, exhibitors, a food drive and more. Flu shots will also be available.

     •• ONGOING •• 
Knightstown Wesleyan Church now has welcome/move-in packets available. Anyone new to the area interested in receiving local business information and discounts may contact Kathie Rummell at 765-345-9660 or Amy Bell at 765-686-7063.

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Beautify Knightstown Committee continues the effort to raise funds for the Knightstown beautification project through sales of the “It's a Beauty! - The Academy” T-shirt starting at $20. Shirts can be purchased at Hoosier Home Court Cafe, 12 E. Main St. or email

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Knightstown Farmers Market is gearing up for another season. A variety of new vendors are now being sought. Hand-crafted goods, including hand-knitted items, are welcome at the market, which will get underway Saturday, June 13, 8 a.m.-noon, on Knightstown’s Public Square. The market will continue each Saturday at same time and place each Saturday through October. Call Kelley Millhoan at 765-571-2325 for more info.

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Historic Knightstown museum, located on the Public Square at 22 N. Washington St., has new summer hours. The museum’s summer hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each Friday and Saturday, or by appointment. For more information, or to schedule a museum visit by appointment, call David Steele at 765-345-7585. Family and individual HKI memberships are $20 and $15, respectively. Membership payments may be mailed to HKI at P.O. Box 74, Knightstown, IN 46148..

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Shirley Historical Society (SHS) is compiling a history of Dr. Ralph Wilson, which will be placed in the Shirley museum. Those who have specific memories of Wilson, whether serious, funny or precious, may share them with members of the historical society. The SHS is also still raising money to restore a railroad caboose and purchase a motorized rail inspection car. The items will be placed near the Shirley railroad depot. Donations may be sent to Joan Cupp, P.O. Box 407, Shirley, IN 47384. (See photo of caboose here and watch a video here.)

     •• FUTURE EVENT •• 
Suzy Zeller at Knightstown’s Unique Boutique & Bridal is seeking vendors for a bridal show to be held during this year’s Fall Fest on the Public Square. For information about this event and how to get a vendor booth, call Zeller at 317-498-6096.

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