The Third Annual Medora KilnFest is this Saturday and is FREE to attend

MEDORA – The Third Annual Medora KilnFest is scheduled for Saturday, September 17th at the Medora Brick Plant and Historical Site at 8202 East County Road 425 South in Medora.

Due to the state replacing a culvert on State Road 235 into Medora those attending should use this alternate route from Bedford take US 50 to State Road 135 South toward Salem to State Road 235 into Medora. Follow the signs. From Seymour take US 50 to State Road 135 South toward Salem to State Road 235 into Medora. Follow the signs. For those of you that know the area go straight at Halls curve, turn left then take the first right after the cemeteries.

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The event is free to attend and is open from noon until midnight.

There will be music, food, and vendors.

The bands are donating their services which allowed officers to eliminate the $10 charge to attend.

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The lineup includes Jared Kearschner performing from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., Forrest Turner performing from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., Nanny and the Old Goats performing from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., and Gravel Dogs performing from 9 p.m. until midnight.

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There also will be an acoustic jam session by the bonfire from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring their instruments and join in the performance.

There will be children’s games including balloon pop dartboard and a duck pond from noon until 3 p.m.

The Brick Plant Grill will sell hamburgers, hot dogs, and barbecue throughout the day, Jackie Wheeler will be selling funnel cakes, and Gypsy Tavern will sell drinks.

There also will be vendors onsite selling crafts, baked goods, and more including KilnFest T-shirts for $15 and brick plant merchandise.

Proceeds from the Brick Plant Grill, shirt sales, brick plant merchandise, vendor fees, and live auction will go toward the ongoing restoration project of the brick plant.

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This unique diamond-studded Medora Brick, donated by Ellis Jeweler’s, will be raffled off. Tickets are $5 per ticket or 6 for $20. You can purchase tickets at the State Bank of Medora through Friday and at the event from noon until the drawing at 6 p.m.

The Medora Brick Plant opened in 1904 as the Medora Shale Brick Co. and closed in 1992.

The goal is to get the 11 dome-shaped kilns and six smokestacks on the 6-acre property restored. The kilns need attention on the interior and exterior, and the smokestacks are in a crumbling state.

The Medora Brick Plant and Historical Sites Inc. committee meet at 7 p.m. on the last Monday of each month at the Medora Senior Center at 52 West Main Street in Medora. The next meeting will be on September 26, 2022.