Southport Parks Director Marylynne Winslow put up a challenge while speaking to the city council during its April meeting.
“You’re welcome to bring a dessert for our Pie Contest; I’m looking forward to some friendly competition,” Winslow said.
The annual Southport Spring Festival, which takes place May 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be bigger than ever this year with expanded activities such as a pie contest, motorcycle show, pet parade – free of charge to everyone.
“You can see how thriving the city of Southport is and all the different activities our city has to offer,” said Linda Banta, the newest parks board member who has spearheaded this year’s festival. “I wanted to create a variety of fun, unusual events that would attract a wide variety of festival-goers from children, pet owners, bakers, motorcyclists and anyone in search of creating handcrafted goodies.”
The event will also include food and merchandise vendors, live entertainment, free games of bingo, an art contest provided by SoArts and the opportunity to have your say in renaming Second Street. Spring flowers and plants will be on sale from South Indy Flowers. A Kids Zone will take place in a 10by40-foot tent, where children can play games for 25 cents and are guaranteed to win prizes. A new Harley-Davidson motorcycle from the Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson will be raffled by ABATE of Indiana for $5 a ticket.
Bring and sign up your pet, any kind of critter, for the Pet Parade. Register your pet from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a chance to win in numerous prize categories. Watch at noon when the Canine Master of Ceremony along with the two Pet Princesses, Elizabeth Karushis, age 12, 7th grader at Southport Middle School and Naomi Johnson, age 8, 3rd grader at Mary Bryan Elementary, will arrive at the festival with a police escort from Madison Avenue down Southport Road. The pet parade will take place at Southport Park at 12:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at 1 p.m. Other pet-friendly activities include: Dr. Ron Baumgart will offer low-cost pet immunizations during the event. Sheltered animals will be offered for adoption by Southside Animal Shelter.
Bring your homemade pie to the community center from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to compete for cash prizes. The contest will be judged by Darlene Jensen of Greenwood, owner Kim Hightower and pastry chef Matt Steinbronn from Kim’s Kakery, Bakery, and Café. Winners will be announced at 1:30. Visit southportevents.org for contest rules.
“May is Motorcycle Awareness Month.” Southport Mayor Jesse Testruth and Police Chief Thomas Vaugn will make a proclamation at 11:30 a.m. Motorcycle owners can ride their bike in from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. from Main Street and join the show for a chance to win a prize. The show is open to any motorcycle: any make, model or year. Don’t have a motorcycle? Adults can experience the thrill of starting and riding a motorcycle through Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson’s JUMPSTART program. Children can ride a real, small-sized motorcycle with training wheels and helmets through Tiny Tots Motorcycle Experience.
Schedule of Events
Festival: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pre-enter for Motorcycle Show: 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Motorcycle Proclamation: 11:30 a.m.
Motorcycle show judging: 11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Motorcycle show winner announced: 2 p.m.
Pre-enter for Pet Parade: 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Pet Parade begins: 12:30 p.m.
Pet Parade winners announced: 1 p.m.
Bingo: 10-11 a.m.; 12-1 p.m.; and 2-3 p.m.
Clinton Young Singers: 11 a.m.
Random Harvest Band: 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.