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Limestone Heritage Festival Kicks Off Today
Updated July 1, 2016 7:21 AM | Filed under: Event
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(BEDFORD) - This year's theme of the Limestone Heritage Parade is "Indiana - 200 Great Years." The Grand Marshal is Judy Elliott and honorary Grand Marshal The Bedford Chamber of Commerce, who is celebrating 100 years of service.

A highlight of this year's Limestone Heritage Festival will be the Lawrence County Bicentennial Float.

The float is being designed by Mitchell Art teacher Becky Mason and will make its first appearance at the Limestone Heritage Festival on July 4.

A welcome ceremony will begin at 11:15 a.m. with Lisa Grissom, parade chairwoman welcoming those attending, a flag raising ceremony, a call to colors by Roger Gales, JoAnna Kai Cobb singing the National Anthem and Mayor Shawna Girgis presenting the grand marshal award and the honorary grand marshal award.

Super Oldies 105.5 WQRK will be broadcasting Live as a "Countdown to the Parade" from 10am until Noon.

The following streets will be closed for the Parade Line Up Formation which begins on Monday, July 4th at 9 a.m.:

  • M Street between 12th and 15th streets.
  • N Street between 14th and 15th streets.
  • 13th Street between Lincoln Avenue and M Street.
  • 14th Street between Lincoln Avenue and M Street.
  • 15th Street between M and O streets.

Parade entries are being accepted through June 23. Entry forms and rules for floats can be picked up at the Bedford Chamber or the Lawrence County Tourism Office, downloaded from, or by request by emailing

2016 Limestone Heritage Festival Bedford Revitalization Inc. Event Schedule

Monday, June 27th

  • 7:30 p.m. The Home of the Brave! BNL PAC

Free TASC Bus service by calling 812-275-1633 to RSVP

Tuesday, June 28th

  • 7:30 p.m. The Home of the Brave! BNL PAC

Free TASC Bus service by calling 812-275-1633 to RSVP

Friday, July 1

  • 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Rotary Fish Fry & SILENT AUCTION Thornton Park Pavilion

Tickets: $10/person; ages 6-12 - $6; 5 & under free

BBQ at The Quarry

  • 11 a.m. - 11p.m. Food Vendors open J Street
  • 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Limestone Carving Exhibit-Museum Lawrence Co. Museum
  • 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Beer Garden Harp Commons
  • 6 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Cody Ikerd Harp Commons
  • 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Larry Summerton Harp Commons

Saturday, July 2

  • 6 a.m. - 12 noon Pancake breakfast Downtown - Masonic Temple
  • 8 a.m. - 12 noon Bedford Farmer's Market Courthouse square

BBQ at the Quarry

  • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Limestone Carving Exhibit Lawrence Co. Museum
  • 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Food Vendors open J Street
  • 10 a.m. reg; Noon start Cornhole Tournament Harp Commons
  • 12 noon - 11 p.m. Beer Garden Harp Commons
  • 12 noon BBQ Judging begins
  • 4 p.m. BBQ Sampling begins J Street
  • 6 p.m. BBQ Awards Harp Commons
  • 7 - 7:45 p.m. Dame's Rocket - Harp Commons
  • 8 - 11 p.m. Honky Tonk Heroes Harp Commons

Sunday, July 3

  • 2:30 - 4 p.m. Bedford's Got Talent Harp Commons

Monday, July 4

  • 7:30 a.m. Veterans breakfast Golden Corral Restaurant
  • 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Vendors open Around the square
  • 11:15 a.m. Flag raising & Grand Marshal Ceremony Corner of 16th & "I" Streets
  • 12 noon LHF Parade Starts Downtown
  • 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. LHF Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social Harp Commons 5-6 pm Bedford Community Band Concert Harp Commons
  • 6:30 - 8 p.m. TBA Harp Commons featuring "The Residue" Concert - Sounds of Summer (Beach Boys Tribute Band) Harp Commons

UPDATE: Fireworks in downtown Bedford now scheduled for Saturday, July 2 - due to forecast of heavy rain on Monday. The fireworks display be a part of BBQ at the Quarry's Saturday schedule.


  • Home of the Brave Roger Gales 812-276-8995 Community Band Concert
  • BBQ @ the Quarry David Pace 812-583-8513
  • LHF Parade Lisa Grissom 812-277-6312
  • Bedford's Got Talent Tara Jones 812-219-0770
  • Limestone Festival Bethany Morris 812-675-2392
  • Elizabeth Andry

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