annual Old Settlers Meeting
Marlinaires to perform at
Neavill's Grove Old Settlers' Meeting
The 124th annual Old Settlers Meeting at Neavills
Grove is planned for Aug. 28-30. This is the oldest continuous civic
event in Jefferson County, Ind., to meet in the same location under
the same name. The first meeting was held on the last Saturday of August
in 1885. Since then it has expanded into a three-day affair on the scenic
grounds in Smyrna Township, located six miles northwest of Madison on
The event receives strong support from the community and is open to
everyone. The agenda features music, food, games and family fun. No
alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Neavill's Grove is part of the old George Neavill Sr. farm. A Kentucky
native, he built a log cabin on the hill in the present-day grove. Wyandotte
Indians drove him off in 1812. He returned in October 1814 and entered
160 acres of land on which the grove is now located.
On June 1, 1916, Edward Neavill, grandson of George, donated and deeded
12 acres to the Neavill's Grove Association to be maintained as a community
picnic and recreational grounds. On Sept. 23, 1924, he donated and deeded
an additional eight acres to the association.
Following are some of the events planned this year:
Friday, Aug. 28: Spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m.; Fiddle
Contest at 7 p.m. with prizes in various age categories. No entry fee.
A jam session will follow.
Saturday, Aug 29: Opening ceremony at 11 a.m.; antique
tractor display and working demonstrations beginning at noon; family
games and contests at 1 p.m.; 12th annual Bake-Off Contest at 1:30 p.m.;
horse shoe pitching and cornhole tournaments at 1 p.m.; Freddie B at
the Keyboard at 5 p.m.; ham and bean supper at 4 p.m.; Indiana Boots
and Jeans dancers at 6 p.m.; The Marlinaires from 3-5 p.m. and again
from 7-9 p.m.; auction at 7 p.m. The Madison Bicentennial character
will also appear throughout the day.
Sunday, Aug. 30: Worship service at 10 a.m.; tractor
parade at noon; chicken dinner at 11:30 a.m.; gospel music at 1 p.m.
featuring The Mullins Sisters and Band.
For more information on these events or
the fiddle contest, call Bill Ford at (812) 866-2891 or Emogene Konkle
at (812) 265-2240 or or LaVerne Austin at (812) 866-4656. Directions:
Take Hwy. 56 west through Hanover. Turn right on Thompson Road. Follow
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