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August 29, 2013

TOP 5 THINGS TO DO: Aug. 31-Sept. 2

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Summer’s unofficial end happens this weekend with the Labor Day holiday, but there are plenty things to do to keep summer on the front burner. Here is a list of our Top 5 Things To Do, that includes picnics, a parade, pyrotechnics and more.

Mount St. Francis Picnic, Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Mount St. Francis Center for Spirituality, located off of U.S. 150 in Floyds Knobs. Chicken dinners are $9. There will be a beer garden, gambling tent, various food and games of chance. All proceeds from the 92nd version of the event will go toward the upkeep of the retreat buildings at the Mount. Organizers estimate 3,000 to 5,000 visitors will enjoy the food, games and fellowship that has made the Mount St. Francis Picnic a favorite among many. The picnic will features all of its favorites.

ClarkFEST, opens at 10 a.m. on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, at Duke Energy, 1212 Eastern Blvd., near Triangle Drive; free. Schedule: Artisans Market: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Car Show: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Food: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Parade: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Bubble Monster: 2 to 4 p.m. ClarkFEST is back, and it’s expected to be much bigger than the 2012 edition. In addition to the parade, a festival with a family-friendly atmosphere will be held on the grounds of Duke Energy. Bomar & Ritter, a husband-and-wife musical duo, will take the stage as the festival opens. But they’ll get a breather at about 11:30, which is when the ClarkFEST parade is expected to come up Eastern Boulevard. The parade will feature more than 60 entries, according to Ribble, and will include floats, marching bands, antique cars and other unique attractions. The parade is expected to last up to 90 minutes.  [www.clarkfest.com]

Louisville Bats, Sunday, 6:05 p.m.; Monday, 1:05 p.m.; vs. Indianapolis. Believe it or not, these are the last two games of the year for the Bats. Come to the game on Sunday and help support the fight against cancer. A portion of each ticket purchased through this special offer will help benefit the cancer research center or facility of your choice. Plus, just for buying a ticket you’ll receive a free Bats red or yellow logo hat. Also on Sunday, stick around after the game for an amazing display of pyrotechnic power that will begin immediately following the final out. Presented by LG&E. [www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t416]

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