By MATT KOESTERS
Even though this will be the latest in the year that the annual Borden Valley Days Festival has ever been held, the event also promises to be the biggest the town has seen.
Held in June in years past, this year’s Borden Valley Days Festival will be held today and Saturday, Oct. 4-5, at Borden Community Park. The festival raises money for the park, said Mindi Holmes, festival committee chair.
“It’s a beautiful community park that is used a lot by kids and families in the area, and we have a lot to offer families during this festival,” Holmes said. “We started this as a way to bring the community together with the intentions of it growing each year.”
The festival will feature a variety of activities, live entertainment, contests and a record-setting 40 arts and crafts booths, including a farmers’ market. Vendors will have a wide variety of products for sale, including merchandise from Avon, Pampered Chef and Tupperware, homemade jams and wreaths.
The festival will kick-off tonight with a fish fry, hay rides, bingo and live music. Saturday’s festivities will begin with a 5k run/walk, which will be open to all ages. The registration fee will be $15 if paid by tonight, or $20 before the run. Registration for the race closes at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
“Any kid 10 and under that does not win a trophy gets a medal,” Holmes said. “We’re really pushing for the kids to walk it, run it, do both.”
A parade will take place at 10 a.m., with the parade route running from Borden Junior/Senior High School along Ind. 60 to the park. WHAS radio and television personality Terry Meiners will serve as the parade grand marshal.
“Terry’s kind of an iconic symbol in this area,” Holmes said. “He’s a good TV personality [and] radio show host, and we thought he would be a good attraction. A lot of people might want to come out and meet Terry.”
Booths will open 11 a.m. Saturday, though no closing time has been set.
“We have everything pretty much scheduled to run until 5 o’clock, but we pretty much leave it open,” Holmes said. “If people are still down there enjoying themselves, we’re going to stay open.”
There will be plenty of events for kids Saturday, including pumpkin painting and a sidewalk chalk contest. The culinary attraction Saturday will be a barbecue chicken dinner sponsored by the Borden Volunteer Fire Department, which will benefit from the proceeds.
“It’s a big hit. People will come just for the barbecue, and hopefully they’ll see how much we have to offer and just stay after they eat,” Holmes said. “It’s a barbecue like you’ve never had.”
The festival is an opportunity for Borden to showcase what it has to offer to the neighboring communities within Southern Indiana, Holmes said.
“It’s beautiful out in the valley this time of year,” Holmes said. “It’s just a friendly community, and we just welcome everyone to come out and bring their families to stay all day and have a good time.”