NEWS AND TRIBUNE
ClarkFEST will make its debut from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Labor Day, Sept. 2, on the grounds of Duke Energy at Eastern Boulevard and Triangle Drive.
The parade is back, and begins at 11:30 a.m. on Eastern Boulevard at Brooks Avenue and ends at the festival site. The car show returns as well. New this year are art, music, food and nonprofit booths.
The artisan market will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market will offer a variety of one-of-a-kind items, handmade by local artists, including widely known hometown talents Roxy Lentz (jewelry) and Tamara Scantland-Adams (watercolors). Information about all of this year’s artists, and images of their work, can be found on the festival website. For artist applications, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Representatives from local nonprofit organizations, including the Clarksville Historical Society and the Clarksville Sister Cities Program, will also be on hand to share information about their activities. Sign up for a free booth space at the festival website.
The car show, “The Bash on the Boulevard,” runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to all comers. Car owners can preregister at clarkfest.com or on-site.
Festival visitors can also grab a bite from local food vendors and listen to live music.
From 10 a.m. to 2, the popular singer-songwriter duo of Bomar & Ritter will perform their brand of contemporary folk /pop music.
Following an awards ceremony to recognize the best entrants in the art fair, parade and car show, hosted by longtime Louisville TV personality Barry Bernson, the festival goes out with a bang as the honky-tonk trio Johnny Berry and the Outliers takes the stage from 3 to 4:30.
The parade theme is “Hometown Heroes,” and Clarksville native Chuck Franz, recently inducted into the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame, is the grand marshal.
ClarkFEST is presented by The Town of Clarksville and the Eastern Boulevard Business Association, with major sponsors Duke Energy, ARC Construction Management LLC and Slone Automotive.
For more information about all festival activities, including sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit clarkfest.com. Parade information and entry forms are on the site. Floats are encouraged and prizes will be awarded.