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August 26, 2009

SELLERSBURG CELEBRATES! 20 YEARS: Annual celebration to feature luncheon with IU basketball coach Tom Crean

The end of August usually means back-to-school, with one last wave of heat before the end of summer. For the residents of Sellersburg, it’s time to celebrate.

For its 20th year, the town will host the Sellersburg Celebrates! festival — originally developed as a centennial celebration honoring the town’s founding — beginning Thursday and running through Saturday.

The annual event will include family games, contests, craft booths, food booths, shows, demonstrations and live entertainment to be hosted at Silver Creek Township Park.

Each year, the festival has a theme, and this year’s idea — building bridges — comes from the proposals and discussions ongoing involving the Ohio River Bridges project.

The board for Sellersburg Celebrates! took it a step further, having the theme also represent building connections throughout the community, to friends and neighbors, said Sandy Nunn, a past president of the festival

The current president of Sellersburg Celebrates!, Terry Purlee, expects that outreach to bring about 18,000 to 20,000 people to attend the festivities this weekend.

The entertainment and special events scheduled couldn’t hurt in drawing a crowd either.

Nearly 400 tickets have already been sold for one of the highlighted events, a community luncheon featuring Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean as a guest speaker at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Nolan Fieldhouse, according to Brian Meyer, president of the Sellersburg Town Council. Several former Hoosier stars with local ties, such as Chuck Franz, Pat Graham and Steve Green also are expected to be on hand, Purlee said.

Another one of the premier events scheduled is the Saturday morning parade, starting at 10 a.m., at Haas Cabinet Co. and ending in Township Park.

In addition to the entertainment scheduled for the residents of Sellersburg, the celebration is an important promotional vehicle.

“It gives us that one time of the year to bring people in from outside the community,” Meyer said.

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