Sleepy Hollow Festival
Headless horseman to roam the streets of Vevay Saturday
Thursday, October 04, 2012 11:00 AM
A headless horseman plans to ride through the streets of Vevay as the area celebrates the fall season.
Pie baking contests, live entertainment, an antique tractor show and an arts fair will be featured during Sleepy Hollow events Saturday. The events will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown, rain or shine.
The friendly headless horseman will roam around throughout the day as part of the festivities, Jenna South with Switzerland County Tourism said.
A baked apple and pumpkin pie contest will be held during the events Saturday. Entries should be submitted to the Switzerland County Visitors Center, 128 W. Main St., from 11 a.m. to noon. A panel of judges will begin their evaluation of the pies beginning at noon.
Judges will rate pies on appearance, taste and texture of the crust. Winning bakers will receive awards, which will be announced around 12:30 p.m. Awards will be given to the top three pies, South said. Pies will be cut and served to the public after judging with the bakers' approval.
Live entertainment will be featured throughout the Sleepy Hollow events, including Toni Deckers, a jazz and gospel singer from Fishers. Deckers will perform and headline the entertainment for the day at the Courthouse gazebo from noon to 3 p.m.
The singer-songwriter became involved with music at a young age, first singing in churches and listening to her parents' records of Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee. Deckers has performed in talent shows and farmer's markets around Indianapolis, as well as at the Cool City Jazz Band at the Jazz Kitchen.
"Loving jazz music at a young age didn't make me one of the coolest kids in school, but I didn't care because it shaped who I am as an adult," Deckers said on her website. "There is something about this style of music I really connect with. Traditional jazz gives me a warm fuzzy feeling and brings a sense of happiness and contentment with life."
New to this year's Sleepy Hollow event, the Switzerland County High School FFA plans to host a pet parade at the Courthouse. People can register from noon to 12:30 p.m., with the parade beginning at 12:30 p.m. South said pets should be in a carrier or on a leash at all times during the parade.
The animals will be shown on the Courthouse steps and walked around the Courthouse sidewalk. Three owners and their pets will be recognized for best of show during the event. All proceeds from the event will go to the animal shelter. The local shelter will also host an adoption fair during the Sleepy Hollow events for anyone wanting to adopt a pet.
An antique tractor display will also be part of the events Saturday in downtown Vevay. The display will take place near the Courthouse from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. An arts and crafts area will be set up from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with holiday decor and other holiday items.