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Annual Events

Washington County, Indiana has several reoccurring events!

Maple Syrup Festival

The Leane and Michael's Maple Syrup Festival is always the last weekend in February and the first weekend in March. The Festival centers around an operating maple sugar camp.

Grapes and Hops

Created in 2021 by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce to bring the community together to enjoy music, food, beer & wine, and community connections! The Chamber was looking for a way to combat the separation due to COVID 19 and an outside festival was a great way to bring everyone together, safely!

 

This event is in its infant stage and the Chamber plans to grow Grapes & Hops to its full potential in the next few years.

Washington County Fair

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Pekin 4th of July Celebration

Pekin, Indiana is proud to claim the oldest consecutive 4th of July celebration in the United States! The celebration started in 1830 and was held at the homes of three different families until 1883.

The celebration mainly consisted of family picnics and congregating with old friends. In 1883 the Washington and Clark County Fair Association was formed and the celebration moved to the Pekin Park where it is still celebrated today!

Campbellsburg Country Festival

The Campbellsburg County Fair features a county charm and welcoming atmosphere to all. Some of the Activities include a parade through town, antique tractor show, talent show, horseshoe tournament, kiddie & adult pedal tractor pull, 5k walk/run, and much more!

This festival is held ealry in September,

Friday Night on the Square

Friday Night on the Square was created by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce to promote shopping in our historical district in conjunction with Old Settlers Days weekend. Businesses around the square stay open later as visitors come to partake in the festival. The square is packed with vendors, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, activities for all ages, and fun for the whole family!

Friday Night on the Square is an annual event that falls on the second Friday in September.

Old Settlers Day Festival

Old Settlers' Day was first held on September 29, 1875, when local settlers came together to recount in "old fashion style" stories and incidents of the earliest settler families in Salem. This event continues to this day to pay homage to the early settlers who migrated to the area and commemorates their frontier lifestyles and traditions.

Old Settlers' Day is held the second weekend of September on the grounds of the John Hay Center. Visitors have the opportunity to observe blacksmiths at work, quilting, woodcarving, and a variety of local crafts which are available for purchase; purchase food from local vendors; and immerse themselves into a pioneer lifestyle!

Small Business Saturday

Adopted by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce in 2021 to promote small business shopping in Washington County.

Small Business Saturday (SMS) is an annual holiday that celebrates small businesses and encourages consumers to shop locally at the start of the holiday shopping season. The Washington County Chamber teamed up with American Express and became a Neighborhood Champion!

The Chamber took two small events and combined them with SBS to create one largely successful event:
  • The Santa House where children can visit Santa with their wish list
  • The Cookie Walk which encourages participants to walk around and visit local establishments

Together, the three events created a day of fun, shopping, and laughter. Photos with Santa were offered on SMS to bring families to the square and the cookie walk encouraged participants to take advantage of the events and special deals the businesses had to offer. This event will be held the Saturday after Thanksgiving every year!