Special Events

RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival: Will be held May 17-18 at Bicentennial Park in downtown Madison. Music starts at 6 p.m. Friday and at 1 p.m. Saturday. Wristbands are $25 for both days, wristbands purchased prior to April 30 will include $10 in food tickets to use at the event. Tickets are available at many local businesses, online at www.riverroots.org and by calling 1-800-559-2956.

Friends of the Library Book Sale: Will be held May 17-19 in the Jefferson County Public Library Madison Branch auditorium, 420 W. Main St. The sale will be open Friday from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Swap Meet: The Sidewinders 4-H Club will host a swap meet May 18-19 at the Switzerland County Fairgrounds. A 14x14 space is $5. Reservations are required for vendors. For more information or to reserve a vendor space call (513) 505-2762 or (812) 427-9817.

Conservators Holiday: The Switzerland County Historical Society will host a week of projects at the museum and farmstead May 20-24. For more information call (812) 427-3560 or visit www.switzcomuseums.org.

Old Court Days: Pilot Club of Madison's 45th annual Old Court Days will be held May 24-26 in downtown Madison. To register for a booth or for more information call (812) 273-6226 or (812) 273-0550.

May 17

Meet the Author - Lisa Trimble Actor: Lisa Trimble Actor, a former resident of southern Indiana, will discuss "Rebel Raiders," her tale of the Civil War, based on events experienced by the author's ancestor, from 7 to 9 p.m. with a meet and greet, talk and book signing at Village Lights Bookstore.

Kelly Miller Circus: Will host performances at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 17 at the Madison Consolidated High School. Tickets are available at Chandler Chevrolet, River Valley Financial Bank, MainSource Bank and Farmers Bank of Milton.

Senior Dance: Will be held Friday by the Madison Parks Department at the Brown Gym featuring the music of the Gary Hewitt and the Honky Tonk Band. The doors open at 5 p.m. Music begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $3.50 per person.

May 18

Tractor Show: Will be held starting at 8 a.m. at the Tractor Supply. For more information call (812) 273-2364.

Disaster Safety and Mitigation: Disaster Coordinator for Jefferson County Dave Bell, Madison Police Chief Dan Thurston, Jefferson County Sheriff John Wallace and City of Madison Building Inspector Mark Johnson will host a session on disaster safety and mitigation from 9 a.m. to noon at Madison City Hall for Building Safety Month.

Kids Care Too Relay for Life Cookout: The Kids Care Too Southwestern Middle School Relay for Life Team will host a cookout fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pate's Pantry in Hanover with hamburgers, hot dogs and homemade treats. Proceeds will go to the Jefferson County Relay for Life.

Meet the Author - Marianne Wallace: Village Lights Bookstore will host a meet and greet, book launch and book signing with writer and illustrator Marianne D. Wallace, for her book, "River Life: A Journey from Headwaters to the Sea." The event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

Meet the Authors - Bob Ostrander and Derrick Morris: Village Lights Bookstore will host a meet and greet and book signing with Indiana beer enthusiasts Bob Ostrander and Derrick Morris on a pub crawl through the state's beer history from 1 to 3 p.m. in the beer tent at the RiverRoots Festival.

Willie Strong Benefit: The Lexington Firehouse will host a benefit auction starting at 1 p.m. with auctioneer Rex Richey. The event will also include food, drinks and a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will go towards funeral expenses. For more information call (812) 889-3167 or (812) 595-5737.

RiverBend Writers Group: A community of writers will meet to share motivation, constructive criticism and to offer support. The meeting will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Public Library Madison Branch. For more information call (812) 265-2744.

Energy and Green Building: City of Madison Building Inspector Mark Johnson will host a session on energy and green building from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Madison City Hall for Building Safety Month.

Armed Forces Day: The First Christian Church of Hanover, will host an Armed Forces Day celebration from 2 to 3 p.m. with speaker Jim Pendleton and music by Angie Taylor. For more information call (812) 273-4653.

Hold 'Em Tournament: The Madison Moose Family Center will host a Hold 'Em Tournament starting at 4 p.m. Registration opens at 2 p.m. Buy in is $65. For more information call (812) 595-4005.

Bob Weatherford Benefit: Will be held at Madison Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1969 from 5 to 9 p.m. with a cornhole tournament, raffle, 50/50 draws and live music from Hired Gun. Dinner will be available for $8 a plate. Registration for the cornhole tournament is $20 per team.

Custer Contest: The 102nd annual Custer Contest will be held at 6 p.m. in the Madison Consolidated High School Opal E. Sherman Auditorium. The annual oratorical contest will feature Katie Demaree, Hannah Norris, Carrissa Swiger, Quentin Tingle and Tate Turner.

Senior Dance: Will host Cool Country from 5:15 to 9:30 p.m. at the Lide White Boys and Girls Club. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. The band will perform from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information call (812) 599-0848 or (812) 274-0338.

Deputy Alumni Banquet and Dance: Will be held at Deputy Elementary School. The class reunion is for all former graduates and teachers of Deputy High School. Classes ending in a -3 or -8 will be honored this year. The meal will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the dance at 9 p.m. with DJ Charlie Daugherty. The dance is open to the public. Tickets are $5. The dinner and meeting is for alumni and their guests only and tickets are $18. For reservations or more information call (812) 866-5992.

May 20

Moving for Better Health: The free senior exercise class will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays at the Brown Gym. For more information call (812) 273-1072.

Jefferson County Board of Tourism: Will meet at 9 a.m. at the Madison Visitors Center, 601 W. First St.

Trimble County Fiscal Court: Will meet at 9 a.m. at the Trimble County Fiscal Court Building.

VisitMadison Inc. Board of Directors: Will meet at 10 a.m. at the Madison Visitors Center, 601 W. First St.

Lide White Memorial Boys & Girls Club Open House: Will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. The community is invited.

Saluda Kountry Kids: The 4-H club will meet at 6 p.m. at New Bethel Church.