Lawrenceburg Fall Fest May Happen At Fairgrounds

Posted On March 07, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

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(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Lawrenceburg’s biggest festival could be moving out of downtown.

Each September, Lawrenceburg Fall Fest is held downtown. It began at the lot on the river levee at the corner of High and Walnut Streets. Two years ago with the start of construction of the Lawrenceburg Event Center & Hotel at that site, the festival was relocated to Todd-Creech Park and Walnut Street.

Now, Fall Fest may soon find another home at the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds. The topic took some members of city council by surprise at Monday’s meeting after councilman Aaron Cook questioned why the city paid for $50,000 in concrete renovations at the fairgrounds.

Mayor Dennis Carr stated that the new Fall Fest Committee would like to move the festival to the fairgrounds. City spokesperson Kelly Will said Thursday there has been no final decision by the committee on the matter.

“The public doesn’t want a Lawrenceburg Fall Fest at the Fairgrounds. The public wants Lawrenceburg Fall Fest in downtown Lawrenceburg,” said councilwoman Jane Pope.

Earlier in the meeting, council heard from downtown Lawrenceburg business owners who expressed a desire for more downtown foot traffic to support their shops. Councilman Mike Lawrence said taking Fall Fest away from downtown would do the opposite.

“We got a lot of people who say they don’t want it down there,” Carr explained.

In a show of opposition to the idea of relocating Fall Fest out of downtown, Pope, Lawrence, and Cook voted Monday to not pay claims relating to the festival. The action could put a hold on Fall Fest planning.