This page is about Crackaway Daze, our community festival. Crackaway Daze is held annually on the third full weekend of September. The festival is hosted by the town of New Point and enjoys broad public support through volunteers and donations from New Point and Salt Creek Township as well as area county businesses, which includes the cities of Greensburg and Batesville.
During the festival there are many and various activities. For the children there are pony rides, an inflatable romper room, a clown, face painting, and games. For the older generation there are antique cars, antique tractors and farm equipment, Country Store, craft and flea market, and our famous pork dinners on Saturday for lunch, bean soup in a huge iron kettle, home made ice cream from one of our great local churches, and chili on Saturday night! Come Sunday, the local Kiwanis Club serves up fried chicken dinners for lunch. And let’s not forget the pie-baking contest!┬á Mmmmmmm! Mmmm!┬áThere are always some fine tasting pies!
Also on Saturday there is The Annual Mary Taylor Memorial Parade that has had great participation in the past years and includes a grand variety of displays and an occasional float! During the parade the Master of Ceremonies recognizes the Festival’s Senior Citizen King and Queen as they ride by in a classic convertible like the one shown in the photo above.
The parade is named in honor of Mary Taylor who was and remains an inspiration to our community for her selfless and tireless efforts for the Town of New Point and Saltcreek Township.
There is live entertainment all throughout the day provided by various vocalists, bands, and local talent. On Sunday a Gospel Sing is held with featured attractions beginning with the meal and lasting through most of the afternoon.
The timetable for the events runs like this:
Saturday at 10:00 a.m. is the Bed Race; 11 a.m. is a huge parade. The flea market is already opened. Any displays such as local clubs, honor guard, color guard, etc., assembles at the park for demonstrations and the singing of the National Anthem. Lunch is served from 12 noon until 5 p.m. or until we run out. The children all begin to spread out on the park’s grounds as they search for some new thing to see or do. The adults leisurely shuffle among the rows of flea market vendors in search of some unknown treasure or admire the crafts offered by visiting merchants. Dispersed throughout the day like seasoning on a fine meal comes live entertainment to help hold the crowd for things yet to come.
The chili is brought out as the September air begins to cool, the coffee is brewed, and folk begin to gather around to hear local artist sing and play Bluegrass favorites. It’s such a wonderful time for each visitor as they meet new people and reacquaint themselves with old neighbors and friends who have traveled many miles for a chance to see the familiar, to hear home sounds, and taste down home cooking once more.
On Sunday, the Kiwanis Club offers some of the most delicious fried chicken one could have and that with all the fixings at a very reasonable price. As visitors enjoy their meal, Gospel music and singing from solos and quartets echo through the town. There are still vendors on the grounds as well as the games and most of the attractions.
Our town festival is not just a time to raise funds for worthy community causes and needs. This festival, our joyous event, is our kinship of life that keeps on making memories that will endure a lifetime. It is the shoring up of our sense of civic mindedness and volunteerism that makes our little town stronger. Our festival helps to make us a community of neighbors and friends, not strangers.
For further information, please call Paul & Sharon Walterman at 812-663-3610 or Viola Minning at the Town Office, 812-663-7905.
Flea Market and Food Vendors, please contact Anna Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org
For hotel / motel information, please contact the Greensburg / Decatur County Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-210-2832
New Point, Indiana was founded in 1840 as the town of Crackaway and renamed in 1854 as New Point.