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Scottsburg is ready to shine with Saturday celebration

Instead of giving up on the red, white and blue festival, the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department postponed the rained out celebration until this Saturday, according to Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department Corporation President Ricky Gordon, who said the fire department wanted to avoid competing with Clarksville’s Lake Fest and races at South Boston Speedway. 


“Fortunately, for the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department and festivalgoers, everything is back to ‘full speed ahead’ mode,’” Gordon said. 

“We had considered not having the parade for the makeup day, but so many people contacted us that we decided to do a complete day’s schedule with not only the parade, but a full afternoon and evening with live music starting at noon and going until the fireworks at 9:45,” added Gordon.

During the day the fire department will offer plenty of good food, including fried chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries, homemade pies as well as fresh-squeezed lemonade, soft drinks and bottled water.

In addition to the tasty foods, Dave Naeyaert returns from Bonita Springs, Florida with his Cinn-Sational Cinnamon Rolls. Also, other vendors will be on-site offering a variety of items for sale along with another favorite, the dunking booth. 

“This year we are also pleased to present the quarter scale tractor pull in which lawn mowers from 5 hp up to the modified 1800cc tractors compete by pulling a weighted sled,” Gordon said. This event will kick off at 1 p.m. 

Another feature that the festival will offer is helicopter rides that enable visitors to experience the above ground view of the Scottsburg area. 

This celebration is a fund raising event for the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department Corp. to raise funds to offset the expenses of replacing a 31-year old brush truck and several sets of firefighting equipment. 

“Typically, we get state and federal funding that covers insurance and light bills and the rest is up to us,” Gordon said. 

Admission and parking for the sizzling summer celebration is free. Also, coolers and alcoholic beverages are prohibited, he said.