Coal Festival kicks off, shorter on days but longer on fun

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The 2011 Dugger Coal Festival might have cut down on time, reducing activities from a week down to just five days.

However, organizers didn't trim away any entertainment, instead ensuring there's fun to burn at the festival.

"This year we shortened down to (five) days," said organizer Jon Dobbins. "It was just too long the way the economy is right now. Seven days long was too long and everyone is hoping for a better turn out, but nothing's been lost."

Instead, more entertainment options have been scheduled on fewer days, with some highlights including a concert by Kiss tribute band KIST.

"They're set up like a tribute band, so it's set up like an actual concert with special effects. We want everybody to come out and bring lawnchairs."

Another highlight: karaoke by WTHI-FM disc jockey Diane House.

Festivities start Saturday with a golf tournament at Linton's Phil Harris Golf Course, followed by the Coal Festival Queen contest Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., followed by the Little Miss and Mister Pageant at 3 p.m.

Queen candidates include Rikki Edwards, Madelen Filton, Paige Passen, Ashleigh Boyd, Samantha Peltier, Courteney Collins, Kaitlyn Lewis, Shawna Kamstra, Conner Kendall, Shelby Smith, Kim Witvoet, and possibly Darean Rogers.

The candidates compete in sports, formal and businesswear categories, writing an essay on which disease they'd eliminate from the world and answering a question on stage.

The winner receives a scholarship worth between $250 and $500 toward college.

"We've had them compete selling tickets for the chicken noodle dinner," said festival committee member Leslie Nelson. "I'm excited."

Sponsorship for the queen contest includes Peabody Energy Bear Run Mine and Watering Can Flowers,

Also contributing to the overall festival are sponsors Newkirk's Funeral Home and the Indiana Railroad.

The festival's schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Sept. 24

* 8 a.m. -- Four-person golf scramble, Phil Harris Golf Course.

Sunday, Sept. 25

* 9 a.m. - Car show registration.

* 11:30 a.m. --Homemade chicken and noodle dinner at the Dugger Community Building.

* Noon -- Mud volleyball registration.

* Noon -- Car show.

* 1 p.m. -- Mud volleyball.

* 2 p.m. -- Coal Festival Queen Scholarship Pageant - Community Building.

* 3 p.m. --Junior King and Queen Contest for kids ages 4 to 7, Community Building.

* 3 p.m. --Car show awards.

* 6:30 p.m. --Community church service -- First Christian Church.

Thursday, Sept. 29

* 4 p.m. -- Masonic Lodge Steak Supper at the Masonic Lodge Building.

* 5 p.m. -- Carnival and vendors open.

* 5:30 p.m. -- Baby contest registration for infants and toddlers age 3 and under, main stage.

* 6 p.m. -- Baby contest, main stage.

* 6-8 p.m. -- Health Fair, presented by Sullivan County Community Hospital, Community Building.

* 6 p.m. -- Cricket spitting, outdoor shelterhouse behind the community building.

* 6 p.m. -- Lady Bulldog Volleyball plays Sullivan's Lady Arrows at Union High School.

* 7 p.m. -- Watermelon eating contest at the outdoor shelter house.

* 7 p.m. -- Terry Lee and the Rockaboogie Band, main stage.

Friday, Sept. 30

* 4 p.m. -- Dugger Cass Township Volunteer Fire Department Jonah Fish Fry in the community building.

* 5 p.m. -- Carnival and vendors open.

* 6 p.m. -- Redneck Queen Contest, main stage.

* 7 p.m. -- Whosoever Will, main stage.

* 7:30 p.m. -- 800 North Band, main stage.

* 8:15 p.m. -- Firefly parade.

Saturday, Oct. 1

* 6 to 10 a.m. -- Breakfast at the Masonic Lodge.

* 9 a.m. -- Carnival and vendors open.

* 10 a.m. -- Parade, themed "Happy Fall, Y'all."

* 11:30 a.m. -- American Legion free bean dinner at the American Legion Post Post 244, 8155 E. Main St. and again in the park during the evening.

* Noon -- Jackson Township Community Band on main stage.

* 1 p.m. -- Party On Productions DJ, Karaoke and kids games and activities.

* 1:30 p.m. -- Union High School Homecoming.

* 2 p.m. -- Union High School Homecoming game against Eastern Greene.

* 4 p.m. -- American Legion pedal tractor pull behind community building.

* 4:30 p.m. -- Wikker Elefant, main stage.

* 5 p.m. -- American Legion Big Wheel races, behind community building.

* 6 p.m. -- Magician James Kessler, kids stage behind community building.

* 6 p.m. -- Wacky the Clown

* 6 p.m. -- Union High School alumni banquet, at high school.

* 7 p.m. -- Alligator Aaron, kids stage behind community building.

* 8 p.m. -- KIST, a Tribute to Kiss, "Bringing the Rock n' Roll Circus to Town," main stage.

* 10 p.m. -- DJ Weezered at Hall's Uptown Tavern.Sunday, Oct. 2

* 11 a.m. -- Carnival and vendors open.

* 11:30 a.m. -- Pork and turkey Manhattans and/or salad bar at the community building.

* Noon -- Sullivan County garden tractor pulls on the north side of the community building.

* 1 p.m. -- Matt Hicks, main stage.

* 3 p.m. -- Coalfest Singoff 2011, featuring karaoke by Party On Productions Bert Russell.

* 6 p.m. -- Festival closes.

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