By Nancy R. Elliott
The Herald Bulletin
---- — LAPEL — Lapel is the place to be this weekend if you’re looking for fun, food, music, entertainment, shopping and a little bit of everything that celebrates the community.
Lapel boasts a population of just a little over 2,000. The number booms to more than twice that size during the fair. This marks the 24th year the village has hosted the event which kicks off today.
“Everybody looks forward to it,” said Nancy Hinkle, organizer and member of the Lapel Community Association. “It’s just a lot of fun.”
Noting that a lot of class reunions are scheduled to coincide with the fair, she said, “We have a lot of people back home.”
In addition to all the traditional excitement, award-winning, nationally known gospel singer Doug Anderson takes the stage to bring his hometown a free concert Saturday night. He’s making the stop while touring this summer following the release of his new CD, “Feeling at Home: The Back Porch Sessions.”
Town wide rummage sales are already in gear today. By evening, food and game booths are open for business, along with entertainment under the tent, and at dusk, a movie showing,“The Lorax,” in Woodward Park.
Saturday is, of course, the big day. Starting things off bright and early, it’s the 14th annual 5K walk/run to benefit the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome(CdLS) Foundation. Organizer Scott Hersberger said that his family got involved with the foundation shortly after his son, Conrad, was born and diagnosed with the genetic syndrome 23 years ago.
“It was a very valuable resource to us,” said Hersberger. In addition to supporting research, the foundation provides education and connects families affected by the syndrome. Hersberger expects more than a hundred walkers and runners for the 5K event. Register between 6:45 and 7:15 a.m., to race at 7:30 a.m.
Whether you’re walking, running or watching, everyone can fill up on pancakes and sausage at the Optimist Club’s breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m.
All through the day, rummage sales will be in swing all over town, but right downtown is where you’ll find food, craft booths, activities and entertainment under the tent.
“We have lots and lots of good food and it’s homemade,” said Hinkle. That includes strawberry short cake most of the day and hand-breaded tenderloins at lunch time.
Also downtown at 12th and Main, the Cruise In Car Show marks its 24th year, hosted by the volunteer firemen of Lapel Stony Creek Township Fire Territory. Mike Zajdel said that about 70 classics will vie for prizes. A trio of judges will award Top 10 and Top 20 prizes. The firemen will also peruse the vehicles and award the Firemen’s Choice Trophy.
During the show, music will be on tap with a DJ, and food will be available. Registration with a $10 fee is from 9 a.m. to noon, with awards at 2 p.m. Proceeds go toward the fund for a new fire station.
You’ll want to claim your spot along Main Street in time for the big parade at 3:30 p.m. This year, Jimmy Howell, athletic director at Lapel High School has been named grand marshal. Howell is on the short list of Indiana’s top winning coaches, with more than 500 wins in his 31-year career.
Also honored during Saturday’s parade will be Woody Fields, who retired this year after a 43-year teaching career that culminated with his nine years as principal of Lapel Elementary School.
Following the parade, there’s more of everything, including the musical performance of Doug Anderson, stopping in his hometown on his Summer Back Porch tour at 7 p.m.
On Sunday, the fair is again in swing, starting with the American Legion’s all you can eat breakfast and winding up with a disk golf demonstration and raffle in the afternoon.
Hinkle said that funds raised through the village event go back into the community. “It started out, we wanted to put street lights up,” said Hinkle.
In the end, they installed 53 new street lights. Other endeavors of the Lapel Community Association have included new playground equipment, park bench, trash cans, donations to the middle school and high school bands, and the park’s gazebo.
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Lapel Village Fair Friday, July 12 • Town Wide Rummages • 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Dan's Fish Fry, Ford Street Church • 5 p.m. Food Booths Open • 5 p.m. Game Booths Open • 5 p.m. Entertainment under the tent • Dusk "The Lorax" movie in Woodward Park Saturday July 13 • 7 to 8 a.m. Craft Booths check in • 7 to 10 a.m. Optimist Club N. Main St all you can eat pancake breakfast • 7:30 a.m. CdLS Walk / Run Lapel High School track 765-534-3754 • 8 a.m. Town Wide Rummage Sales • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Food and Craft Booths Open 765-643-4112 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cruise In Car Show (Saturday only 317-223-4610 Lapel Volunteer Firemen • 10 a.m. Punt Pass Kick at Optimist Club • 10 a.m. Daybreak Community Church blessing of golf carts and scavenger hunt • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Strawberry short cake Daybreak Church N. Main • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hand breaded tenderloins on the patio at The American Legion • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entertainment Under the Tent • 3:30 Parade 765-534-3442 • 4 to 7 p.m. Chicken Noodle Dinner Daybreak Church • 4 to 7 p.m. Blue grass Festival Daybreak Church • 7. to 8 p.m. Dove award winner Doug Anderson free concert • 9 to 11 p.m. Street Dance DJ Sunday July 14 • 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. American Legion All You Can Eat Breakfast • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Craft and Food Booths Open • 1 p.m. Cornhole tournament for adults and kids Corner Main and 9th St 765-621-4111 • 1 to 4 p.m. Entertainment under tent • 3 p.m. Disk golf demonstration and raffle in Woodward Park More info: Check out www.lapelvillagefair.com