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October 5, 2012

Bounty of fun: Opening ceremonies, parade officially kick off Harvest Homecoming

NEW ALBANY — The 45th Harvest Homecoming Festival is ready for launch.

A few sponsored events have already taken place including the lawn mower races and the pumpkin-decorating contest. However, the festival doesn’t officially get rolling until this weekend.

The Harvest Homecoming parade will begin at noon Saturday and New Albany native and actor Josh Dallas will serve as grand marshal this year. The parade will leave New Albany High School, go south on Vincennes Street to Spring, proceed down Spring before ending at Bank Street. Prior to the parade at 11:30 a.m., the official opening ceremonies will take place at Seventh and Spring streets.

The band 64 West will begin playing at 10:30 a.m., prior to the opening ceremonies.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 50s during the parade with a chance of showers.

• On Sunday, the Indiana University Southeast Fall Festival will be from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be pumpkin decorating and midway games for the kids, and performances by student and community groups.

• Also on Sunday, the David Broadus Memorial Motorcycle Ride will leave the New Albany Amphitheater at 11 a.m. Registration for the ride will begin at 10 a.m. The ride stops at Corydon for lunch and will eventually end at IU Southeast in time for the fall festival.

• The Harvest Homecoming Idol open auditions will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Jimmy’s Music Center, 123 E. Market St. The contest is for anyone 16 to 30 years old and entry fee is $15.

• Fiesta Rides will also be up and running from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ride all day for $15. The rides are located at the end of Pearl Street next to the floodwall.

• Booth days will be Oct. 11-14 in downtown New Albany.

• Visit harvesthomecoming.com for more information.

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