‘Sleepy Hollow’ festival Saturday


Switzerland County Tourism invites the entire community to the area around the Switzerland County Courthouse Square this Saturday, October 15th, for the annual Sleepy Hollow Celebration – and with all of the events planned, it will be anything but ‘sleepy’.

This year’s festival has many exciting new attractions to add to its repertoire of traditional and folk art attractions.

The festival begins at 9 a.m., and will feature arts and hand-crafted items, food vendors, and antique tractors will also be on display until the festival ends at 4 p.m. Also during the festival, the Friendly Headless Horseman and an Ichabod Crane impersonator will be roaming around for spooky photo opportunities, and there will be free horse drawn wagon rides around town.

The Indiana Dancers Association’s professional square dancing team will have live music and callers, and will perform dances from 1-3 p.m. on Liberty Street. There will also be several contests and activities going on throughout the day:

– 10 a.m. is the judging of the pie baking contest. Entries are to be brought to the Visitors Center from 9-10 a.m. Saturday morning. Any type of pie can be submitted and will be placed in one of the three categories: pumpkin, apple, or open.

– Beginning at 11 a.m. is the dog costume contest. Entrants must sign a waiver at the Visitors Center at any time between now and 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Contestants will meet at 11 a.m. at the stage, where they will parade around the square and finish at the stage, where the winners will be chosen.

– The Bicentennial legacy project will be accepting painted pumpkin and gourd entries at the Visitor center from now until noon on Saturday. The winner will be selected and announced immediately following the judging on Saturday. The top entry win a $50 Official Bicentennial Medal Set. Decorated gourd or pumpkin should depict scenes from Indiana’s history.

– ‘Ma Crow’ will be performing at the Hoosier Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday evening.

– There is still time for arts and crafts vendors to reserve space around the square for the event. The festival is seeking handmade arts and crafts vendors only, no flea market booths will be permitted. Booth space is free, but a $20 deposit will be required to reserve a spot, and returned to the vendor once they have stayed the duration of the festival.

For any questions or more information, please call the Visitors Center at (812) 427-3237, or stop in at 128 West Main Street in Vevay.