Banks of the Wabash Festival will be held at Terre Haute, Indiana on May 23 through Jun1, 2014 at the Fairbanks Park. This will make a nice day trip for Central Indiana Hoosiers, as Terre Haute is only about a one hour drive from Indianapolis. The Wabash River, which has been immortalized in song and literature, serves as the backdrop for the 145 acre Fairbanks Park located on the banks of the river near the Terre Haute downtown area.
The Banks of the Wabash Festival will feature live nightly entertainment, Luehrs' Ideal Rides, a craft market, a merchandise market, bingo, lots of good food, an auto show, and lots more. Admission is Free.
While at Fairbanks Park, you can see the brick home of Paul Dresser. He was a well known actor, entertainer and composer from Terre Haute. One of his most famous songs is "On the Banks of the Wabash Far Away". This was one of the 106 songs he composed before his death at the young of age 47. His home, which has been designated a State Shrine by the Indiana General Assembly and “A Landmark of American Music” by the National Music Council, was moved to Fairbanks Park in 1963 and is now owned and maintained by the Vigo County Historical Society.
As you near the river on Dresser Drive you will be able to see a large archway with four legs covering a concrete flower garden base, in a sunken garden. This sunken garden was originally a beautiful oval shaped swimming pool that opened in August 1924. It was 198 feet long and 128 feet wide and was surrounded by a seven foot sandy beach. The present structure was originally a flowing fountain designed by a Indiana State University graphic design student, Thomas Dubois.
Part of the land for the park was donated by Crawford and Edward Fairbanks in memory or their father, Henry Fairbanks.
Continuing through Fairbanks Park and opposite the sunken garden is public parking for access to the Wabash River boat ramp, floating docks and a stationary pier.
For more information you can visit the website at http://www.mansfieldrestoration.com/FairbanksPark/FairbanksPark.htm