DeMotte Chamber Hosts Touch of Dutch Festival & Parade

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Published on June 28, 2017 with No Comments

The DeMotte Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Touch of Dutch Festival and Parade, set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12 at Spencer Park in DeMotte.

Under the continued direction of co-chairmen Carla Jarrette and Rosemary Weeks, the theme for this year is “Throwback DeMotte 1967” to commemorate the 50 years of the town’s incorporation. “Groovy” throwback decorations will deck the halls at the park, giving a nostalgic, retro feel to the festival celebration.

The festival will begin on Friday, Aug. 11 at Spencer Park at 5 p.m. with a special opening ceremony led by DeMotte Boy Scout Troop 157 and an invocation given by Pastor Ed van Wijk from DeMotte United Methodist Church.

In addition to crafters, artisans, businesses and food vendors, free entertainment lined up for Friday is the festival’s initial Pet and Kiddie Parade beginning at 5:30 p.m. near the fountain. Applications for these parades are available on the Chamber website, www.DemotteChamber.org.

D & M Events will again provide a free Pedal Tractor Pull sponsored by Anderson Outdoor Power from 7 to 9 p.m. The Pedal Tractor Pull will be open to all riders from age 4 through adult. Live music by Hot Rod Heathens will take to the bandshell from 7 to 9 p.m.

Kids’ entertainment for the evening will include family mini games, bounce houses by Colby Event Services. Illiana Knockerball will be there to offer “bubble soccer,” too. Friday events wrap up at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, the Touch of Dutch Parade will take place on Halleck Street (Rte. 231) at 10 a.m. Halleck Street will be closed that day from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Indiana Ballet Theatre will be performing the popular Dutch dancing.

Saturday’s events will end with a huge fireworks display at dusk. NIPSCO is sponsoring the fireworks for the Touch of Dutch Festival this year and will have a booth at the main pavilion with free giveaways for festival goers.

Photos will document the day’s activities and can be seen on the official Touch of Dutch Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/touchofdutch. Photos from past year’s parade and festival may be viewed there now.

Parade entry forms and festival vendor applications are available at www.DemotteChamber.org, DeMotte Town Hall or DeMotte Public Library. The DeMotte Chamber of Commerce may be contacted at 219-987-5800 or info@demottechamber.org. You can also call or text Diva for more information at 219-405-6840.

Music of Oz will hit the bandshell from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Forty-five minutes of KALITA Master of Magic and Escape at the bandshell begins at 1 p.m. Johnny DeMotte will perform from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and The Highway Band will bring its soulful southern rock from 4:3 to 6:30 p.m.. NAWTY is performing from 7 to 9 p.m. All live entertainment is free.

Colby Event Services Bounce Houses, Illiana Knockerball and plenty of kids’ games and entertainment will return Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. A cornhole tournament will take place on Saturday afternoon, at $30 per team. This double-elimination tourney begins with registration at 12:30 p.m. and bags will fly at 1 p.m. There will be a last man standing contest, too. The cornhole tournament is presented by Tuesday Night Baggers.

Dutch traditions will be found throughout the event. Authentic Dutch pastries will be brought in fresh on Saturday morning and sold by DeMotte Christian Schools. Olie Bollen will be prepared once again by Lowell Boy Scout Troop 101. The Calumet Clowns from Hammond and Gill Knip with Twist & Smile Balloons from San Pierre will both be there to offer special entertainment.

Craft vendors and specialty food vendors will be servicing the festival with all types of goodies, and the beer garden will be open on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 10 p.m.

There is no admission to this two-day event. There is free parking, with plenty of handicap and elderly parking and free giveaways on both days from DeMotte Chamber members. The public can visit the Chamber booth under the big pavilion to spin the wheel for a chance to win free prizes, pick up an official Touch of Dutch shirt, or win some Dutch Guilder to spend among the Touch of Dutch vendors.

Other sponsored events include the 5K Walk & Run Rotary Ramble, sponsored by the DeMotte Rotary on Saturday morning. Trophies for this event are wooden shoes directly from the Netherlands. To obtain Rotary Ramble information or for an application, call Char at 219-987-2875.

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