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Editorial: Hometown festivals display county charm

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Many areas of Indiana have elements that characterize them and draw visitors. For Brown County, it’s the natural beauty, especially the fall colors. In Indianapolis, it’s the major auto races at the speedway.

For Johnson County, the attractions include homegrown festivals, and over the next week we’ll see this on full display. Some so-called sophisticates might call them cliched or outdated. But we just call them fun.

The action started Friday night with Fanfare and Fireworks at Johnson County Park and continues today with the Greenwood Freedom Festival.


But in honor of the city’s sesquicentennial, organizers have altered the theme this year to celebrate Greenwood history. Floats in today’s parade will reflect moments in the city’s past. The celebration will continue with music, food and activities in Craig Park throughout the day, ending with fireworks after dark.

On Sunday, Grace Assembly of God on U.S. 31 in New Whiteland will stage its annual Honor Our Heroes patriotic celebration.

Franklin gets into the act on Thursday evening with the annual Firecracker Festival on the lawn of the Indiana Masonic Home. Music, activities, the “fastest kid in town” races and fireworks are planned.

On Independence Day, marchers will step off for the annual Peoga parade, a tradition nearing the half-century mark.

That afternoon and evening, Edinburgh will celebrate the holiday with a variety of activities at the sports complex, culminating with fireworks.

All of the events will be filled with community bands, local organizations, friends and neighbors. The celebrations are reflective of the type of local festivities that were common in the late 18th century. They all reflect the true spirit of the July 4 holiday.

All of the activities are a clear reminder that no matter how big it grows, Johnson County remains, in the best sense, a small town at heart.

Homegrown festivals add to Johnson County’s charm and enhance the local quality of life. To which we say, “Hooray and pass the potato salad.”

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