EVANSVILLE – Buttons are on sale for ShrinersFest, June 24-28 on
the riverfront, and with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels precision flying team
and other attractions on the schedule, organizers are banking on high
The cost is higher this year — $7, up from $5 in
recent years. Buttons are available at branches of Old National Bank,
German American Bank, First Federal Bank and Teachers Federal Credit
Union, and also at Bauer’s Tents & Party Rentals, Hadi Shrine
Temple, the LST 325, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana and Tropicana
Individual Shriners also have them.
Buttons may be purchased in advance for $7; at the gate, they will be $10.
year’s festival did not fare as well financially as Shriners hoped, and
the group had planned to not have an air show until the Vectren
Foundation in November stepped forward as a $50,000 sponsor. Shriners
spokesman Dale Thomas said Vectren’s gift prompted other corporate and
small business donations.
The ShrinersFest air show is the most
expensive part of the festival, but it also tends to be the biggest
drawing card, Thomas said. The Blue Angels will be joined on the
schedule by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the Air Force F-16 Viper
Demo Team. The show will be June 27-28.
New to this year’s
festival will be an Evansville Philharmonic performance at 8 p.m. June
27. The show will have a patriotic theme. A returning event will be a
World War II reenactment featuring the LST 325 at 11:30 a.m. June 27.
will be required for access to the Philharmonic show, for a riverfront
viewing of the World War II reenactment and for night concerts on June
27 and 28.
Another new event: The Indiana State Arm-wrestling
Championship at 1 p.m. June 27 at Hadi Shrine, along with a “border war”
featuring Indiana and Illinois competitors.