Hill of beans supplied to Navy Bean Fall Festival


A networking tip to an Ohio County, Indiana, organization amounted to a hill of beans for a popular downtown Rising Sun event.

It was at the Indiana Office Tourism Development’s annual Media Marketplace that staff from Ohio County Tourism promoted the Rising Sun/Ohio County area. The event took place back in April.

The Marketplace gives tourism offices, organizations, and event venues the opportunity to network and promote themselves to media personalities from print, radio, online venues, and television stations.

With a Navy Bean Fall Festival t-shirt on display and a 2016 schedule of events for Ohio County, Miller captured the attention of a staff member from a monthly Indiana-based magazine. Her contact suggested the hook-up.

“You can’t talk about Ohio County without plugging Rising Sun’s Navy Bean Fall Festival,” said Kendal Miller, Ohio County tourism director. “It’s our one-of-a-kind Fall Festival now in its 29th year.” Presented by Rising Sun Main Street, the event is a crowd favorite bringing in thousands of locals and tourists.

Miller was informed that Indianapolis was home to the N.K. Hurst Company. A family business established in 1938, the food business began with trading and distributing sugar. Since 1948, the Hurst name is recognized as being a first-quality packager of edible dry beans. The company is still proudly owned and operated by second, third, and fourth generation Hurst families.

After consulting with Karrah Miller, head of Rising Sun Main Street, a donation request for the Navy Bean Festival was presented to the Hurst Company.

The Miller’s received a personal e-mail from Jim Hurst stating that his company is “always pleased to support Hoosier communities” along with a donation commitment of 600 pounds of navy beans for the festival.

“Everyone was so nice and helpful–from the owners to the employees at the distribution center, they were very generous,” said Kendal Miller.

The 29th annual Navy Bean Festival takes place October 7 & 8, in downtown Rising Sun. Admission and parking are free. The festival is sponsored by various agencies and local and area businesses.

The event begins on Friday, October 7 at 5:00 p.m. with the opening of the Kids Zone, amusement rides, and vendors. Navy beans and cornbread are available for a small fee along the waterfront. A Seaplane Splash-in also begins at 5:00 p.m on the Ohio River alongside Rising Sun Riverfront Park.

Along with arts, crafts, and food vendors, music will be provided by the Jason Owens Band from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and The Danny Frazier Band from 8:30-10:30 p.m.

A 5K Walk/Run takes place on Saturday, October 8 at 8:00 a.m. The Navy Bean parade begins at 10:30 a.m. kicking off the day’s festivities. The Side Effects will perform from 11:30 am-1:30 p.m.

At noon, navy beans and cornbread is available. Vendors, Kid Zone and amusement rides open at noon, while the Seaplane Splash-in commences over the Ohio River.

Hi Fidelity performs from 2:00-4:00 p.m., with the Menus from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The Rusty Griswolds take the main stage from 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Wrist bands for amusement rides are $17 for Friday and $20 on Saturday. Individual tickets are available for $1.50 each. Rides are around 2-3 tickets each.

For more information, contact (812) 438-2750, log on to navybeanfestival.org, or like the Navy Bean Fall Festival on Facebook and Instagram.

Information on lodging, events, landmarks, and tourist information can be obtained by calling Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism office at (812) 438-4933, or logging on to enjoyrisingsun.com. Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.