Town of Orleans gearing up for Memorial Day events

ORLEANS – The Town of Orleans is gearing up for the Memorial Day weekend.

The holiday is also the unofficial kickoff to summer.

Town officials are reminding everyone to have a safe and happy holiday. Please take a few minutes sometime during the weekend to reflect on what the true meaning is behind the annual Memorial Day observance.

Orleans Homegrown Farmers Market is back for its 2023 Season on historic Congress Square every Saturday from 8 a.m. until Noon.  Early indications are that there will be close to a pre-pandemic number of vendors returning this year. During peak season the market draws as many as 900 visitors to Orleans each week.

The Orleans Classic Memorial Day Car Show returns downtown on Memorial Day Monday, May 29.  Registration begins at 10 a.m. Judging will be from Noon until 2 p.m. with the trophy presentation at 3:30 p.m.  SpeakEasy has announced that they will have their Beer Garden set up and cook ribeyes for the event.  Several other hometown eateries will be open including El Compadre, Lillies, Dogwood Country Kitchen, and Hometown Scoops will be set up and serving up delicious ice cream and refreshing Hawaiian Iced Shaved Ice.

The Orleans American Legion Post 69 will be holding its traditional Memorial Day Service on Monday the 29 at 11 a.m. at the Fairview Cemetery. Larry McCart will be the guest speaker. The public is welcome to attend.  Bring your lawn chairs.  

As we head into the warmer months and summer activities really take off it’s a great time to spruce things up throughout Orleans.  Clean and trash-free sidewalks, eye-catching window displays, flowers, freshen-up landscaped areas, etc. make for a well-cared-for appearance for our individual businesses and the overall positive impression of Orleans.

Officials are looking for nominees for our next round of Orleans Chamber Beautification Award Winners.  Know of some hometown business, or homeowner who has made some marked improvement to their property?  Let the Chamber of Commerce know.

All Chamber members are encouraged to attend and to take an active part in the Chamber’s activities. Officials welcome your input, comments, and/or ideas for improvement to the organization.

“This is your Chamber, remember…and its future success lies in the dedication of its members,” said Robert F. Henderson, Executive Director of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce. “Through our efforts toward a strong future for the Orleans community, we can build a bright tomorrow.  We urge you to get involved, to take part in building and strengthening the heart of our community, and to strive to make it a better place for everyone.”

 Please contact the chamber at 812-865-9930 or visit online at and let officials know that they can count on your participation. Also please feel free to contact the Chamber anytime if it can be of any assistance to you and/or your business.