It is not too early to begin making your plans for the many fall festivals in Indiana. One of the more popular festivals is the Riley Days Festival in Greenfield, Indiana. Fun, food, crafts, flea market booths, a parade and a wide variety of talent and entertainment are a few of the things you will find at the Riley Days Festival. This year the festival will begin at 5:00pm on October 2 and continue through October 5, 2014. There is no admission charge and the hours are Thursday 5pm - 9pm, Friday & Saturday 9am-9pm and Sunday 11am-5pm.
Over 460 exhibitors will be set up on the streets in downtown Greenfield around the 100 year old courthouse. Riley’s statue was placed in front of the courthouse in 1918 and is the focal point of the Riley Festival.
This festival is one of the largest and most popular festivals in Indiana and will draw crowds from all around the state. The festival honors the life of famous Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley. Riley was born on October 7, 1849 in the midwestern town of Greenfield, Indiana. Riley wrote over 1000 poems including “Little Orphan Annie”. Some of his best loved writings recall the flavor of his childhood of growing up in an Indiana town. The theme of this years festival is “When the Frost is on the Punkin” one of James Whitcomb Riley’s poems.
The Parade of Flowers, which is a tradition over 60 years old, will be held on Friday. Greenfield-Central Elementary students will carry and place flowers around Riley’s monument on the town square lawn.
Saturday will feature the Americana Riley Festival Parade with over 75 units participating.
Greenfield, Indiana is approximately 20 miles east of Indianapolis. This festival will make a wonderful day trip. Parking is available during the festival at the Hancock County 4-H Fairgrounds, with a donation fee shuttle running to the east entrance of the festival. For more details and event schedules visit Riley Festival.