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Martinsville Festivals: Foliage, Fun, and Fireworks!

Martinsville festivals are important to the hard-working, salt-of-the-earth types who live in Martinsville, Indiana, as well as to their counterparts living in the other small cities around the Indianapolis metropolitan area. In these communities, the custom is to share in one another’s celebrations. That way, you get more of them, and there’s the added benefit of higher attendance, which makes everybody happy.

The biggest such festival in the area is the Morgan County Fair. Since 1860, it has attracted visitors from as far as Indianapolis to the small town of Martinsville every year in August. Activities include the quintessential small Midwestern favorites, a rodeo and calf round-up, a midway and 4-H competitions. Every year there are more exhibits and live Martinsville and Indianapolis music. There is a contest to choose the Morgan County Fair Queen among a dozen young contestants. And there are facilities for rent for overnight stays on the fairgrounds, including camping with electricity and water.

Video of a victorious truck at the 2009 Morgan County Fair in Martinsville, Indiana

The other not-to-be-missed festival of the area is also a Martinsville festival, the extremely popular Fall Foliage Festival. It is the brainchild of a local shoemaker, J. William Alexander, who thought the stunning foliage of the season could be a good draw to the small town.

Today, the Fall Foliage Festival requires 25 people on its board of directors and dozens of volunteers from the community. Almost on par with some of the more popular Indianapolis fairs and festivals, this celebration strings out well over a week during the middle of the tourist season, which also coincides with the turning of the leaves. It’s an excellent boon to Martinsville businesses and eagerly awaited by Martinsville kids.

Video of a ride at the Morgan County Fair in Martinsville, Indiana

Some of the activities, events and displays at the Fall Foliage Festival are: Martinsville art shows, poetry awards, farmer’s day, the Festival Carnival, free live entertainment, glass blowing, a classic car show, kid’s hours, artisans’ market, Martinsville memorabilia, remote control airplane shows, talent shows, a 5K run/walk and a huge parade.

Of course, it takes dozens of food and beverage vendors to take care of everybody over the long golden days of fall, when Martinsville, Indiana is at its golden best.


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