Independence set for festival

WWII heritage highlights

2005 Indy Hop Festival

INDEPENDENCE -- There'll be plenty of action in and around Independence on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24.

Most of it will be during the daylight hours, but never fear -- the ever-popular nighttime Ghost Walk returns, starting at 7:30 Sept. 23 at the amphitheater stage in Riverview Park.

Preceding the Ghost Walk will be the Hometown Barbecue, complete with a beer and wine garden. The Central High Jazz Band will be on hand for entertainment. The barbecue is catered by Andy's Caf‚.

At 9 p.m., the official dedication and opening of the amphitheater will precede the evening's musical entertainment by PepŠ and the Bottle Blondes. Fireworks will follow.

Saturday activities literally lift off early with a 7:30 hot air balloon launch and rides at the Independence Airport.

Even earlier, at about 7, vendors will be setting up at the Farmers' Market in the Sterling Bank parking lot downtown.

Another highlight event will occur at 9 a.m. when the Ford Tri-Motor airplane arrives from Evergreen Aviation Museum. It will be on display Saturday at the airport.

Other Saturday activities:

10 a.m.

* Official opening of the festival in downtown Independence.

* River Gallery Salmon Run opens at the top of Riverview Park.

* Vendor booths open.

* Heritage Fly-in begins at airport.

* Horsepower Yesterday and Today featuring WWII equipment, downtown.

* Hop Festival Royalty introduced on amphitheater stage.

* Team Time led by national Teacher of the Year Meg Greiner, on stage.

* Entries accepted for Heritage Cookoff at Festival Information Booth, downtown.

* Final judging for downtown decoration competition.

10:30 a.m.

* VIP Strings, led by Janet Taylor, on stage.

11:00 a.m.

* Extreme Lawn Games, Riverview Park.

* Heritage Lawnmower Pull, Riverview Park.

* Ballet Folklorico, on stage.

11:30 a.m.

* Morgan performs, on stage.


* Heritage Tractor Pull, Riverview Park.

* Veterans Reunion and Reception (until 6 p.m.), Independence Library meeting room, hosted by Independence Women's Club.

1:30 p.m.

* "Eden to Eden," Chatauqua presentation, Heritage Museum

1:45 p.m.

* Heritage Cook-Off closed to further entries.

2 p.m.

* Heritage Coof-Off judging begins, Independence Appliance store, Main Street.

* Downtown Decoration Contest winner announced.

* Roundhouse performs, on stage.

3:15 p.m.

* Romance performs, on stage.

4:30 p.m.

Johnnywood performs, on stage.

5:30 p.m.

* Heritage Tractor and Lawnmower Pull winners announced.

5:45 p.m.

* Los Signos performs, on stage.

7 p.m.

* Heritage Cook-Off winners announced.

* Raffle winners announced.

* Johnny D performs, on stage.

9 p.m.

* Hop & Heritage Festival closes.


Hop & Heritage

Festival notes

Sharing time for WWII vets -- The Independence Library meeting room will truly become a remembrance room September 24. The weekend Hop & Heritage Celebration will emphasize the "heritage" aspect from noon to six that Saturday as veterans are asked to drop by to chat with one another and share memories with those too young to remember America of the 1940s.

Paul Pfinster of the celebration's organizing committee notes that World War II will be very much in evidence during the fete with military equipment from that era on display as well.


Year of the Ford noted at festival -- The 2005 Independence Hop & Heritage Festival may also be known as the "Year of the Ford." With arrival of the Ford Tri-Motor airplane on Saturday, Sep. 24, at 9 a.m., it is hoped that there will also be many vintage Ford vehicles on hand including Model T and Model A cars from the same period as the Tri-Motor.

Paul Pfinster, a festival organizer, is especially pleased to have the much-sought three-engined airplane at this year's fete. "We think this is very special and should be something a lot of folks will want to come and see land at the airport."


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