Art – Fun – History Coming to Hamlet
Some festivals are all about fun events, some about history and others about art and music. The Yellowstone Trail Fest (YTF) combines them all in creating a truly “sociability” weekend for the community and surrounding areas. August 19 & 20th at the Starke County Fairgrounds in Hamlet is where you will be able to enjoy all these. Thru the generosity of community businesses (check the website www.yellowstonetrailfest.com for a listing) the following events will be offered free of charge: Bounce Houses, Zucchini Contest, Rendezvous village, Car Show & Displays, Draft Horse “hitch wagon” show, Make & Take Craft hour, Knockerball, Skillet Toss, Kalita – Master of Magic Show, Church Services, Hula Hooping with Kalixy, Parade, Ice Cream Social, Bicycle Races and lots of Music!
Something super special this year . . . Indiana Historical Society has created a traveling museum display featuring the history the automobile industry has had on Indiana. The Community Foundation awarded a grant from the Hardesty Endowment Fund to bring this Free of charge to the community! All are encouraged to walk thru and enjoy the interactive displays, art made from the automobile and even place your young ones in the seat as a future Indy 500 winner for your very own photo op!
Indiana Arts Commission awarded another grant to the growing Yellowstone Trail Festival for their signature event; Repurposed Metal Sculpture Contest. This project is made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission, a State agency to grow the outreach of artists in Starke County and the surrounding area using automotive parts (springs, gears, chains, etc.) to create pieces of art or new usable items! Due to the request from artists last year, this grant has opened up a division for any scrap (tines, shovel heads, rods, metal sheets, spoons, cans, etc.) metal and a forged division. The YTF committee has been busy setting up at fairs and festivals around the area to get the word out and are expecting a large assortment of artist and skilled welders to turn out a growing display for all to enjoy, before they are auctioned off after the parade.
The parade this year is Grand Marshalled by the Hamlet Volunteer Fire Department! There is no theme this year; however, the community is encouraged to join in with floats, cars and walkers thanking the firemen for the great service they provide. No pre-registration is required just provide your entry form with your announcement when lining up.
The festival is also a favorite for non-profit organizations to create events for fundraisers! This is the third year the Starke County Youth Club is taking advantage of this opportunity with their Rainbow Splash 5K run/walk event. The sixth year for the Redskins Band Boosters Rib-eyes, the third year for the Starke County Historical Society Ham & Beans, the first year for the Hamlet Girl Scouts Water Slide and the Cub Scouts with an assortment of games of luck. Check the website noted above if you have a 501c3 company and still want a booth this year, or stop at the information booth and talk to Juanita about doing an event next year.
The YTF mission statement notes “The object of the association shall be the teaching of the history of the Yellowstone Trail”. And also, “to provide a weekend of fun activities to the public along sections of the Yellowstone Trail while educating its visitors on the Yellowstone Trail.” It looks like all aspects are available again this year as we learn Starke County is a part of history by being a part of the very first trans-continental road going from Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts – thru Hamlet, Indiana – and ending at Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington. Stop at the Rendezvous to learn how this land was used for free camping from 1912 – 1932 and check out the maps and books at the information booth to extend your learning on August 19 & 20th. And be sure to check out their facebook page and have fun this year at the ninth Yellowstone Trail Fest in Hamlet.