The past year and a half has brought patience, perspective and perhaps a new appreciation for change. Still, there is something to be said for nostalgia, which is why it’s nice to once again be able to host many of the annual activities and traditions that were put on hold last year. One of them is the Avon Community Heritage Festival, which started in 1998 and aims to celebrate and showcase the community.
“At first there were a few community members who were looking for something they could do to bring the community together because we had no celebrations at the time,” said Tracy Justice, Township Human Resources Director. of Washington, Hendricks County, and the chairman of this year’s festival. “This festival was pretty much the pioneer of celebration in the community.”
It rained during the festival’s first year, but plenty of people turned out nonetheless – a clear sign that the community was thirsty for a rally. It has become a tradition that has spread to the annual lighting of trees to welcome the winter holidays.
“The Avon Community Heritage Festival was really about bringing the community together so that local business owners could showcase their products, and then it spread to schools that get involved,” Justice said. “Each year, we mark all of the great things we have going on in this community and enjoy it together.”
The festival returns this year on September 25, and while some things remain the same, others have changed for this year. COVID-19 has affected many sponsorships, which means the event will not include the talent show, local choirs or dance teams. However, every year the board tries to incorporate new ideas into the festival, so this year instead of the talent show, parade and bounce houses they include a 5K Color Throw and Color Fun Run. . Participants can register to run individually or in groups of four or more.
“As you run the volunteers will throw some color at you, then at 6 p.m. the runners will gather near the amphitheater for a splash of color where people will gather their packs and toss them all for a blast of color bombs.” Justice said. “We hope for a beautiful moment worthy of an image.”
Justice says the idea of 5K had to do with the fact that for many this year has been about getting out and moving, not to mention the fact that Avon has a number of trails. The race will be on the White Lick Creek Trail starting at 4 p.m.
“This 5K could attract a new crowd as it will appeal to those who like to get together for active events,” Justice said. “Plus, it’s a chance to work to shed those pounds of COVID-19 while mingling with members of our community.”
People of all ages are welcome to register for the race.
“We thought the run was a fun way to celebrate the return of the Avon Community Heritage Festival,” Justice said. “Plus, there’s never been a flush throw and fun run here at Avon, so we thought we might as well start one.”
As always, the event will feature booths from nonprofits, crafts and businesses, but instead of being located on the lawn near the playground equipment, everything will be set up in the park. lower where the After Dark Festival has been held in previous years. The timing of the festival is also different this year. Previously, the daytime part of the festival ran from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year, however, the festivities begin at 3:30 pm Vendors will be installed until 7:00 pm.
“It’s always fun to see what sellers have when they give out a lot of free gifts,” Justice says.
From 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., people can participate via smartphone in a competition, and the winners will receive a prize. After the quiz, there will be a special presentation to recognize essential community workers. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., a beer and wine garden will be at your disposal. There will also be two food trucks and a dessert truck to satisfy all palates. At 7 p.m., local band Crowd Therapy will begin performing a selection of pop, dance, blues, country, R&B and rock songs. The fireworks will be fired at 9 p.m. WYRZ’s Deejay Shane Ray will host the event.
The community buzz around the return of the festival is optimistic and positive.
“People are thrilled that we are bringing him back,” Justice says. “They are ready to come out of the house and do something fun, and this festival is family friendly.”
Justice is thrilled that the organizers can host the event again, because perhaps this year more than ever, it is important to connect with friends, neighbors and loved ones.
“I love being outdoors and meeting new people, and seeing the joy in people’s faces,” says Justice, a six-year Hendricks County resident who decided to get involved with the board after lived here for a few years because she yearned for community connection.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to get to know each other,” she adds. “If you want to join the board, send us an email and we can tell you how to get started. We are always on the lookout for new board members who can bring new ideas.
If you enjoy live music, tasty food, and making great memories with your community, come attend the Avon Community Heritage Festival on September 25.