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Mousehole Days brings town together

Festival this weekend in Melbourne

July 29, 2013
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

For being such a small town, Melbourne wants to show it can still put on a big festival. The town's annual festival, Mousehole Days, will run Friday to Sunday in the southwestern Marshall County town.

Festival organizer Sara McNamee said a group of 20 volunteers put on the festival each year and it builds community pride.

"We try to do things that can pull the town together," McNamee said. "It's a big family event."

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Children ride in a barrel train during a past Melbourne Mousehole Days festival. The festival returns this weekend to the western Marshall County town.

The popular fish fry kicks off the festival at 5 p.m. Friday at the fire station. The local band Loose Neutral will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. that night.

"They are a big hit," McNamee said.

The car show has been moved from the park back to downtown this year and will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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Melbourne Mousehole Days


5 p.m Annual fireman's fish fry (fire station)

6:30 p.m. Crayonville Preschool ice cream floats (in front of bank)

6:45 p.m. - Broadway Dance Studio camp performance (in front of bank)

7 p.m. - Little Miss and Mr. Melbourne crowning (in front of bank)

7:30 p.m. - Kiddy tractor pulls (in front of bank)

Softball tournament - time TBD

7:45 p.m. - Zumba demonstration (in front of band stage)

8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. - Loose Neutral performance (park complex)


7:30 a.m. - Midwest One Bank breakfast (Rec center)

7:30 a.m. - 5K run/walk (in front of rec center)

Softball tournament - time TBD

10 a.m. - Car show (Clark's Bar)

10:30 a.m. - Parade

Annual bike ride - time TBD

11:30 a.m. - Crayonville preschool open house (preschool)

After parade golf cart decorating contest (rec center)

11:30 a.m. - Methodist church lunch and ice cream social (Methodist church)

Noon - West Marshall Marching Band (shelter house)

Noon - Cornhole tournament (behind ball diamonds)

Noon to 4 p.m. - Inflatables and fun zone with dunk tank and barrels O' fun (park)

All day - Sheriff's office, police and National Guard display, volleyball tournament (park complex)

Noon - Police K-9 exhibition

1 p.m. - Pony rides (park)

1 t- 3 p.m - Exit 185 live music (shelter house)

2:30 p.m. - Bingo (rec center)

4:30 p.m. - Melbourne's Got Talent (shelter house)

6 p.m. - Greased pig contest (park)

8 p.m. - midnight - Minor Night live music (shelter house)

9 p.m. - Street dance with DJ (in front of Clark's Bar)

Fireworks - after championship softball game (park)


11 a.m. - Church service in the park (shelter house)

Noon - Potluck picnic in the park

"I know they are expecting a big turnout for that this year," McNamee said.

The parade will roll through town at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. McNamee said they expect several new parade entries this year, including the West Marshall High School marching band. Longtime town volunteer Stacy Porter and her family will lead the parade and are to be honored at the event.

Children look forward to the inflatables and other games in the park from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday night's band, Minor Night, is returning after it was well-received at Mousehole Days last year.

"People requested they come back," McNamee said.

Adding to the draw Saturday night will be the fireworks show, which will shoot off after the championship softball game in the park.



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