Perfect weekend for food and music at Navy Bean Fest


One could not have asked for better weather for the 2017 Rising Sun Navy Bean Festival this past weekend.

Friday the 13th had no bad luck for the annual event as there was plenty of activities and good music on the unseasonably warm 80 degree evening.

Again this year, the 500 pounds of beans were donated by Hurst Beans. Tourism director Kendal Miller reports that a Hurst Bean staff member contacted them mentioning that she was originally from Switzerland County but had moved before the Navy Bean Festival had started. She offered to deliver them when she was coming to visit family.

Karrah Miller of the Rising Sun Historic Downtown Main Street Program noted that this year was the most beans cooked and they ran out the earliest (before 4 p.m. Saturday).

The Navy Bean Festival garnered enough nominations to be selected as one of the 31 Fall Festivals finalists competing for one of five slots for the State Tourism’s “Best Indiana Fall Festival” list. The top winners are selected by public through online voting. Winners will be recognized on the state tourism website and through various media outlets. The public has until October 27 to vote. If you haven’t voted, log on to and cast your ballot. The only other area festival that made the list was Madison Chautauqua.

Billed as Beans & Bands, music both evenings drew large crowds including the Saturday night finale by The Rusty Griswolds.

Mac’s Seaplanes added a splash to the event while boaters anchored off Main Street to enjoy the music (in October).

Miller reports that attempts have been made the past two years to try and get the Budweiser Distributing Company Clydesdales. A representative said there is the option of paying for their appearance and offered to check into pricing if we desired. Rising Star Casino has also been putting in requests for their appearance.

Tourism is working with Main Street in decorating street corners for fall/Halloween. The “Santa House” has been converted into the “Halloween House” for Trick or Treat and fall decorating. It will be open to on October 31 from 6-8 p.m. and will have a good witch handing out candy. A kid-friendly Headless Horseman is scheduled to appear.

Among the list of planned Christmas activities for 2017 includes the Kinderballet performance of the Nutcracker on December 2. New for 2017 are the Holly Days Marketplace (headed up by new tourism member Molly Northcutt) and “Light Up Ohio County”, a residential county-wide Christmas decorating contest.