Band Day at the Indiana State Fair!

bands silhouetteThis is the day that area bands in Wayne County and all over Indiana have been working towards.

Hours of practices, repetition and marching have culminated in this one major event that begins today at the crack of dawn.

bands 3Kids will travel on busses from all over Wayne County to represent their schools and their own personal achievements that they made to be able to participate in todays competition.

Coverage for Band Day is widespread including Twitter feeds, Facebook, and radio – and that’s just the local Wayne County coverage.  It will also be televised throughout Indiana.

Phil Quinn, from 101.7 is live today at the Fairgrounds for band day and you can get up to the minute coverage by following the station on Facebook and Twitter.  Rachel Sheeley is also live and on Facebook covering for the Pal-Item.

bands 2We will have results on our GoWayneCounty Facebook page as soon as they are announced tonight- so stay tuned!

It’s a great day for marching bands!

The Flying Circus: Another Successful Year! & Upcoming Events

Flying Circus: Hagerstown IN

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Tuesday was a great day for flying into one of the oldest grass air strips in the US, according to reports from organizers in Hagerstown IN, during the Flying Circus.

“It was a pretty special day in Hagerstown, with a turnout of about 4000 people (pretty good for a town of 1700) coming to enjoy a record number of vintage airplanes….nearly 60! And some wonderful new additions, like a Twin Beech (memories of “Sky King). The food and fair-like atmosphere at this free (FREE!) community affair should be on your calendar. This was Flying Circus IX!”

Never at a loss for exciting and unique events in Wayne County IN– Stay tuned for more or check out the calendar!

Coming up tonight: Downtown Shopping Night

Enjoy a shopping night out in Downtown Richmond’s air conditioned and unique shops! It’s a special night with participating shops open from 5-8 p.m. and many with sidewalk sales and treats!

Mary Poppins Tea August 13, 2016

Be sure to make your reservations at The Tin Cup for the Mary Poppins Tea on August 13, 2016.  A fundraiser event for the Richmond Civic Theatre, kids and adults can enjoy meeting the main characters and getting autographs while having a light tea.  Cost is 12.50/person.  Call 765 962 4441 or stop in during the Downtown Shopping Night.  (This event will be during the Theatre’s Supercali -Festival).

Hagerstown Hometown Christmas December 6, 2014

Hagerstown Hometown Christmas

Abbotts candy

Abbott’s Candy will have free tours and candy making demonstrations December 6

If you are looking for a fun holiday event this weekend, you will want to put this one on your list:

Saturday, December 6, Santa will visit during the Hagerstown Hometown Christmas celebration. His schedule is as follows:

  • 9:30 a.m.  Santa will appear at Nettle Creek Hardware, 485 E. Main St.
  • 12:00 p.m., he will be at the Hagerstown Elementary School Gym, 299 N. Sycamore St.
  • 1:00 p.m. he will arrive at The Dairy, 255 E. College St.
  • 2 p.m., Old Saint Nick will arrive at holiday craft show at The Meeting Place, 11 E. Main St.
  • 3:00 p.m., Santa will end up at Abbott’s Candies, 48 E. Walnut St., at 3 p.m.

There are many more activities scheduled for the day, besides the Santa visits:

A holiday craft show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Meeting Place.  You can enjoy wood crafts, Scentsy products, jewelry, wall hangings, oil lamps, honey, scarves, Thirty-One merchandise, Pampered Chef, home decor and much more. The pumpkin baking contest will also take place at The Meeting Place, along with the Methodist Church Bell Choir performance, which starts at 4:30 p.m.

Dance With Cindy will provide live entertainment with a recital from 10:30 a.m. to noon at 98 W. Main St.   Holiday photos can be taken from noon to 6 p.m. during Psi Iotes Picture Booth Fun Shoots at The Arts Place, 96 ½ E. Main St. Boy scouts will light luminaries at 5 p.m. before they begin hosting a spaghetti dinner at The Meeting Place at 5:30 p.m. Carriage rides will be available from 5-8 p.m. in front of Antique Uniques, 96 E. Main St.

For a fun and festive holiday excursion, take a trip to Hagerstown this Saturday.

Trick or Treat Schedule 2014

trick or treatTrick or Treat Times for the Wayne County Area

This year ALL times are on
Friday, October 31st

5:00-7:00 p.m.
Fountain City

5:00-8:00 p.m.

5:30-7:30 p.m.

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cambridge City
Greens Fork

6:00-8:30 p.m.

Free Fun Fly: Hagerstown IN

news release

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, August 16th is National Model Aviation Day.  The Hagerstown, IN RC Club is celebrating by hosting a Fun Fly from 11:00 AM- 7:00 PM at the Hagerstown Airport. NMA is a radio control flying day event to teach others about the hobby whether you’re just interested, a new R/C Pilot, or a well-seasoned RC Pilot.

We will have open flying for all AMA members and open racing on our Radio Control car dirt track.   There will also be a “tailgate swap meet” so bring anything you want to sell or trade.   Free raffle prizes from hobby shops and great kids’ activities including NASA paper rockets and AMA model airplanes.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Food and t-shirts will be available to purchase to help support the Wounded Warrior Project and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County.  Food, Flying, Racing and more.   Visit our Facebook page at Hagerstown Indiana RC Club for more info or directions to the event. (see flyer below)

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Wayne County Trick or Treat Times 2012

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SATURDAY, October 27

Boston – 6-7 p.m.

MONDAY, October 29

Safety Village 5-7 p.m.


Cambridge City – 6-8 p.m.

Centerville – 5-7 p.m.

Dublin – 6-8 p.m.

Economy – 6-8 p.m.

Fountain City – 5-7 p.m.

Greens Fork – 6-8 p.m

Hagerstown – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

New Paris, Ohio – 6-8 p.m.

Richmond – 5-7 p.m.

Hagertown Flying Circus Coming July 17th, 2012 Honors Firefighters & Emergency Crew

Hagerstown’s Fire Sparks New Interest

In Town’s Heritage, July 17 Flying Circus

 Some of the nation’s most skillful pilots will showcase their flying abilities and rare vintage aircraft at the Hagerstown AirportTuesday, July 17 at the 5th Annual Hagerstown Flying Circus.  Gates to the airport will open at 2 p.m. for the free event and the main event will lift off at 6 p.m.  

Especially Poignant This Year

   “This year’s Flying Circus will be especially poignant because in addition to being entertained by the brave pilots who always amaze us with their skills, we will be honoring our own incredibly brave firefighters and emergency responders who saved Hagerstown last Saturday,” announced Denny Burns, chairman of the event.

   “Hagerstown’s emergency responders and those from 10 neighboring towns who saved two major landmarks and our rich automotive history will be honored at6 p.m,” announced Denny Burns, chairman of the event. “Please join us at the airport to show your support and have a great time.

What Can I Do To Help?

   “Whenever a major fire occurs in century-old buildings on a town’sMain Street, that community’s heritage is placed in jeopardy. But, this particular fire threatened our town’s signature restaurant and our museum and art center,” Burns explained, adding, “There has been an out-pouring of love forHagerstownsince the fire and everyone asks:  ‘What can I do to help?’”

   My response is, “Please come to the Hagerstown AirportTuesday, July 17. Come enjoy the Flying Circus, help honor our heroes and celebrate our town’s role in creative culinary, automotive and aviation history.”

  The Hagerstown Flying Circus

was launched in 2008 as part of the Ford Model-T Centennial Celebration, when hundreds of Model Ts joined dozens of vintage aircraft at theHagerstownAirport, the longest grass airport in the country. The smooth, soft-landing airport is a favorite among vintage pilots who have returned every year to perform exhibitions while enjoying the airport’s welcoming community and personal conversations with their fans every year.

A Special Fly-Over Of Eastern Indiana

      Before the main event, at approximately Noon Tuesday, July 17, a special fly-over of Eastern Indiana will occur as the Wright Model B “Brown Bird” will fly from its base in Miamisburg,Ohio en route to Hagerstown. With ground speeds of 45 to 60 miles per hour, the distinctive aircraft can be followed by the naked eye for long periods of time.

    The Wright B Flyer, a replica of the Wright Brothers century-old plane, again will be featured as a major flying exhibition event at6 p.m. And, two of the pilots who were tragically killed in another Wright replica plane just 10 days after last year’s Hagerstown appearance, will be honored in a memorial service during the opening ceremony.

    A memorial tribute will be paid to Mitch Cary and Don Gum, pilots who had flown in prior Hagerstown Flying Circuses.  Mitch Cary flew the Brown Bird toHagerstowneach of the event’s four years and became well acquainted with the people ofHagerstown.

   “Mitch Cary was the reason kids brought their parents back to Hagerstown’s Flying Circus year after year,” said Mary Anne Butters, a volunteer with the event.

   “I’ll always remember watching Mitch patiently answer every clumsy question from a 7-year-old boy about the magic of flight. “Using intricate hand maneuvers, Mitch explained lift, speed and flight control, then he hoisted the boy into the seat just like the one where Wilbur sat. Mitch Cary inspired an interest in science for countless children, “she said.

   An engraved stone memorial will be dedicated to Mr. Cary and Mr. Gum at the entrance to the Hagerstown Airport during the ceremony.

  Free children’s art and competitive games will be provided by the sponsoring Hagerstown Optimist Club throughout the afternoon. Prizes are sponsored by Hagerstown Arts Place, through a grant from Wayne County Foundation. 

  The Optimists will serve hamburgers, hot dogs and other popular fare, while other vendors will provide tenderloins, homemade ice cream and other favorites.

Additional vendors are welcomed, and will be asked to donate 10 percent of proceeds to the Optimist Youth Programs. Vendors may call (765) 886-5098 for registration.

  Vintage cars, including Ford Model Ts that inspired the first Flying Circus in 2008, will be showcased at the Auto Cruise-In on the airport grounds

  A free shuttle bus will carry visitors to both sides of the airport, sponsored by Centerstone. Amish visitors are welcomed and will be provided free water for their horses.

    The family-friendly event is overdue for ideal weather conditions, but if it is rained out, the rain date is July 18.  All who attend are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets as no seating is provided at the airport.                                                                                                       Information submitted by Mary Ann Butters 

Hagerstown Police Chief Kent Hollenburg Retires

By Christina Biddle-Walker, Hagerstown IN

Hagerstown Police Chief Kent Hollenburg Retires

Hagerstown Police Chief Kent Hollenburg retired May 30th, ending his Hagerstown Law Enforcement career of over 30 years… 23 of those years in the position of Chief.

According to excerpts from a story written by Mike Bennett (see story in its entirety posted on the website,, Kent started his career with the Hagerstown Police Department in 1981 and became Chief 9 years later.

Kent and his wife Debbie, a teacher at Hagerstown Elementary School, live and have raised their two sons, Derek and Dylan in Hagerstown. Kent was and has always been a very personable, caring, supportive and community conscious gentleman.  His easy going personality and professionalism (photo courtesy of Hagerstown website) will be sorely missed among his co-workers. He will be staying around long enough to help the new police chief, Keith Folkner, become familiar with the community, the department and its’ staff as well as the community and city leaders. Happy Retirement Kent!!


Fireworks Are A “Go!” In Wayne County Today (see updates for postponed fireworks)

Fireworks Display At Wayne County 4H Fairgrounds Friday Night- Last Night Of Fair

July 3, 2012

See updates below- some fireworks have been cancelled/postponed

According to Blair Beach of the Richmond Parks Department, preparations have been underway for fireworks on Roosevelt Hill since last week.

Crews have been watering down the area for fireworks, due to the dry grass on the hill, to get ready for an exciting fireworks display.  Entertainment on the hill is setting up now and will provide fun throughout the day.  Fireworks will begin at dusk and concessions will be available.

Elsewhere in Wayne County:

July 3, 2012

Fireworks in Hagerstown IN (postponed for later date in summer )
Hagerstown Airport, S. Washington St., Hagerstown
At Dusk

July 3, 2012

Fireworks in Creitz Park (cancelled)
Creitz Park, Cambridge City, IN
At Dusk

Outside of Wayne County:

July 4, 2012

Winchester IN, Fireworks at Dusk In Goodrich Park

Willie & Reds In Hagerstown Suffers Major Loss In Fire Today As Well As Museum

The photo below submitted to Facebook by Paula Oler Richardson, shows smoke billowing from a landmark building in Hagerstown today- just hours ago.

What many still remember as Welliver’s has reportedly suffered major loss today and the Hagerstown museum next door has also been affected.  Reports are that there have been no injuries to persons in either building.  There are a lot of comments on Facebook about this beloved place of memories for many.  Please comment below with any updates.  You can send your pictures to

Submitted to Facebook by Paula Oler Richardson

Kids Having Summer Fun All Over Wayne County…And More To Come!

I can do it! Swimming Lessons at Cordell Pool

by Karole Passmore

Also included, Hagerstown Information by Christina Biddle Walker

This year the Richmond Parks Department has an even bigger array of activities for kids and families to enjoy!  Starting Saturday (tonight) at dusk the first of the Outdoor Movie series begins.

Cars will play at Westview Elementary on Saturday as the sun goes down and prior to the movie at 8:30 there will be kids games.  The movies are free and concession stands are available with inexpensive snacks.  They have also added a series of movies on Roosevelt Hill this summer.

The first session of swimming lessons at the Cordell Municipal pool started this week and will run for one more week before the next session. (contact the Park Office if you are interested in your child having lessons).  As you can see from the pictures they are having a good time.  (see also video below).

Learning To Swim At The First Summer Session

JUKO and Art In The Park also started this week and is going strong.  Kids are swimming, getting messy, creating, making new friends, and enjoying life.  Stay tuned for more events for kids and family offered by the Parks Department on  (Up next…Independence week fun).

According to information submitted by Christina Biddle Walker, Hagerstown IN has some fun things to offer kids and families this summer as well. She writes:

The Ruth Dutro Community Pool (611 E. Main St., Hagerstown) is now open until mid-August. Pool hours are 11am to 6pm Mon-Sat and Sun. 12pm – 6pm (all hours are weather permitting). The pool may also be rented for private parties/occasions for 2 hours between the hours of 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. For further information, please call (765) 238-9669.

Hagerstown 4th of July Celebration Fireworks will be held on Wednesday, July 4th at the Hagerstown Airport (located at the end of South Washington Street). Please remember that you will be driving through a residential area to get to this site so drive carefully and obey the speed limit. Show begins at dusk/dark. Bring your chairs and blankets.

The Hagerstown Farmer’s Market, featuring lots of produce and goods from area residents now open on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 7pm at the Hagerstown Elementary School parking lot (299 N. Sycamore St.). For further information call (765) 489-6171.

Hagerstown Jubilee Days are scheduled for August 18th thru the 21st. Events include the traditional Saturday morning Jubilee Days parade, a festival market that features fair foods, fresh locally raised produce and a vast selection of arts/crafts, a Kid’s Zone with rides and activities, a variety of musical entertainment, the crowning of the Jubilee Days Sight Queen and a teen dance. A more specific list of events will be posted on the Hagerstown website ( closer to the date.

Elsewhere in Wayne County, Cope Environmental center has started their fun summer programs for kids of all ages.  Hayes Arboretum is also offering fun outdoor learning activities.  Richmond Friends School will be offering Theatre Camp next week M-F, from 8:30 – 12:30.  If your child is interested you can call the school for more information.

If you have any pictures to share of kids and families having fun this summer at these or any other events/programs please send them to as an attachment and tell us what is happening in them.  We will post them here or on our Facebook site.

Have a safe and exciting summer! (Find more pictures on our Go Wayne County facebook site).




What’s Happening This First Weekend In December In Wayne County

wayne county indiana, christmas parades in richmondIt’s beginning to look alot like Christmas……in Wayne County!


Christmas Parade In Richmond

Starts at 7:00 p.m and will run between 6th and 10th Streets.  Also enjoy some homemade crafts and foods at the Coop across from Veache’s toy store.

Jazz & Percussion Concert At Earlham College

A night of exciting music as always with Earlhams percussion ensemble and Jazz.  This event is free and starts at 7:30 p.m. in Goddard Auditorium.

Grand Opening Of Firehouse Barbeque & Blue

The long awaited (2 years) opening of a really happinin’ place in the Depot District.  Live music tonight and Saturday.  Doors open at 8:00 a.m. with music from 9-11.  Great musicians.  Cover charge of 5.00 at door, must be 21 and up.

Hagertown’s Hometown Christmas (Day 1)

Decorations, Craft Bazaar, Cookie Walk, Santa, carriage rides, food, music, shows, and more!

Cookie Walk 4-8pm Trustee’s Office

Grown up Story Time 7pm Hagerstown/Jefferson  Township Library


Hagertown’s Hometown Christmas (Day 2)

Cookie Walk 4-8pm Trustee’s Office

Grown up Story Time 7pm Hagerstown/Jefferson  Township Library

Cookie Walk     Trustee’s Office        9-1pm

Photos with Santa     Nettle Creek Hardware      9:30-11:30

After Prom Silent Auction        Across the street Antiques            10-6pm

Holiday Dance Productions    Elem. Gym     10:30am

Student Violin Concert        Hagerstown Museum& Arts place      2pm

Photos with Santa     The Logo Shop     2-3pm

Spagetti Dinner  The Meeting Place     4:30-8pm

Bell Choir      Main Street   5:30pm

Carriage Rides   Main Street    5:30-8:30pm

Carolers     Main Street    Evening

Hagerstown Hometown Christmas

hagerstown hometown christmasJoin us in Hagerstown this weekend for a Hometown Christmas!

See event details below:

Friday, December 2nd
Cookie Walk – 4-8pm – Trustee’s Office

Grown up Story Time – 7pm – Hagerstown/Jefferson Township Library

Saturday, December 3rd
Christmas Bazaar – 9-3pm – 11 E. Main Street
Primitive Crafts, Candles, Jewerly, Home decor, food and more

Cookie Walk – 9am-1pm – Trustee’s Office

Photos with Santa – 9:30am-11:30am – Nettle Creek Hardware

After Prom Silent Auction – 10-6pm – Across the street Antiques

Holiday Dance Productions – 10:30am – Elementary Gym

Student Violin Concert – 2pm – Hagerstown Museum& Arts place

Photos with Santa – 2-3pm – The Logo Shop

Spaghetti Dinner – 4:30-8pm – The Meeting Place

Bell Choir – 5:30pmMain Street

Carriage Rides – 5:30-8:30pm – Main Street

Carolers – Evening -Main Street

What’s Happening In Wayne County This Weekend?

Today…Dire Skates Car Wash!

Sat, July 16, 10am – 12pm at the Johnson Chiropratic Parking Lot, Richmond Indiana.  The Dire Skates women’s derby team, will be having a Car Wash to help raise money for uniforms. $8 for cars/ $10 for trucks.   Come on out and support the local team!

Hagerstown Museum And Arts Place Art Classes

Adults..join us every Saturday from 2 PM (if you are a beginner) or 3:30 (if you are intermediate). No charge for instruction or art supplies. Kids classes are Thursdays at 4PM. We also exhibit and sell original art by local and regional artists.

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Richmond Civic Theatre is proud to present JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT as their summer fundraiser. “JOSEPH” is a favorite among RCT patrons. This production promises the same great songs, colorful costumes, and familiar Biblical story. Although RCT has previously presented “JOSEPH” two times, this production promises a fresh look at the popular musical. Director Renee Arnett says “The directors and cast of Joseph have had an AMAZING time putting together a fun filled show! Hand clapping, sing along fun is what is in store for all those that attend! And don’t forget to get your season membership too!” Show dates are July 15,16 at 7:30 p.m. and July 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at the RCT box office. Please call for prices and available seating: 765-962-1816.

E Street Pub Live Local Bands In The Depot District

Tonight:  July 16, 6 pm – Sun, July 17, 2 am at 815 North E Street in the Depot District. Come experience live music by local bands every Saturday, and the amazing talent of all genres of music that is in our community.  Tonight featuring Shredneck, 8 Ways From Nothing, and DALAID.  Also on Sundays they offer Euchre & Karaoke at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively (not at the same time).

The Flying Circus Is Coming! Vintage Planes Come to Hagerstown IN, July 19

Bi-plane at Flying Circus, 2010

HAGERSTOWN, IN — The skies over Hagerstown will again be filled with vintage aircraft as the town’s unique airport will host the 4th Annual Hagerstown’s Flying Circus Tuesday, July 19. “It will be festive, fun, free and family friendly,” announces Denny Burns, who chairs the event sponsored by the Hagerstown Optimist Club.

Visitors to Hagerstown’s airport will be treated to a wide array of vintage aircraft, fun food, and a chance to meet the pilots before the evening entertainment begins. “Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and have a great time,” adds the chairman. Admission and parking are free.

Burns announced that the aerial games and other fun events will be staged from 6 to 8 p.m. this year. But, visitors will be able to see the planes up close from the time gates open at 2 p.m.

Led by Andrew King, the stunt pilot from the movie “Fly Boys,”

Pilots of pre-1947 aircraft will descend on Hagerstown that Tuesday afternoon in preparation for the event. “The Hagerstown Airport is great,” says King, “We loved it the past three years. It’s not often we get to see such a large airport that’s also a grassy airport. Old planes like grass because that’s what they were built for.”

Hagerstown is the ideal location for Eastern and Great Lakes pilots to land while en route to the largest gathering of historic aircraft every year in Oshkosh, Wis., according to Marvin Stohler of Hagerstown’s Airport Board. The event was launches in 2008 as part of the centennial celebration of the Ford Model T, when thousands of Model T owners and celebrants gathered at the Hagerstown Airport.

Pilots are expected to camp under the wings of their planes the night of July 19 and depart about noon the next day, weather permitting. Visitors attending the July 19 event will be able to meet and speak with the pilots beginning early afternoon that date.

Anyone with questions about the event may contact Bob Warner, Hagerstown town manager, at (765) 489-6171 or Denny Burns, event chairman at (765) 489-5829. The rain date is Wednesday, July 20.

* The address of the Hagerstown Airport is: 999 South Washington Street, Hagerstown, IN 47346.

For more information… or questions, please contact: Denny Burns, chairman (765) 489-5829

If you have never seen the Flying Circus…you won’t want to miss it this year!  It is truly amazing!

Where’s YOUR Fireworks?

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With the holiday weekend upon us, the buzz around Wayne County is sizzling with talk about which fireworks displays to go see this weekend.

If you can’t get enough of the excitement in the air as the night sky blazes in glory to celebrate America’s birthday,  then Wayne County is the place to be!

With a different show every night, you can get your fill of 4th of July Fireworks.  Start off Friday night in Fountain City, then Richmond on Saturday afternoon for fun, music and good food.  Cambridge City is continuing their 175th Anniversary on Sunday as they light up the night sky.   Hagerstown will be wrapping up the fun-filled holiday weekend on Monday night.

For more information, including specific locations,  Click Here for GWC Events Calendar.