(2013 Carroll County Fair/Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
(2013 Carroll County Fair/Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
A new year means a new round of festivals for area residents. An array of festivals run throughout the year and draw anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand guests.

RiverRoots Music & Folk Art Festival

May 16-17, 2014

The riverfront festival includes performances from a variety of folk, Americana and rock artists, as well as food, art and storytelling. The events run 5:30 to 11 p.m. on May 16 and noon to 11 p.m. on May 17. Admission is charged, though costs have not been released yet. For more information, call (800) 559-2956 or visit www.riverroots.org.

Spring Old Court Days

May 23-25, 2014

This three-day event includes arts and crafts, collectibles, antiques and food booths around the Jefferson County Courthouse. The event, sponsored by the Madison Pilot Club, is free to the public. For more information call (812) 273-6226.

Carroll County Fair

June 3-14, 2014

The county Fair features games, animal showings, food, rides and 4-H projects at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. Admission is typically $10 at the gate. For more information, go to www.visitcarrolltonky.com.

Trimble County Fair

June 23-28, 2014

Family games, animal showings, food, rides and 4-H projects are hosted annually at Trimble County Park. For more information, call (502) 255-3930 or go to www.trimblecounty.com/trimblecountyfair.


June 25, 2014

The fourth annual Race Fest is located in downtown Carrollton and sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. The event features races around the courthouse square, race car simulators, food vendors, a car and motorcycle show, live music and more. The event also includes inflatable moon walks, games and free race flags for children and live music. For more information, go to www.carrollcountyracefest.com

Madison Regatta

July 4-6, 2014

Regatta Festival week offers a variety of annual events, including the Regatta Parade, which features local organizations, law enforcement, and hydroplane drivers The week culminates in the Indiana Governor's Cup hydroplane race.

In addition to the races, the Regatta festivities include vintage boats, an air show, fireworks, musical entertainment and food. Admission is charged, though this year's prices have not been released yet. The Regatta office can be reached at (812) 274-0400 or at www.madisonregatta.com.

Jefferson County Fair

July 7-12

The Jefferson County 4-H Fairgrounds plays host to mud runs, tractor pulls, live music, carnival rides, midway booths, 4-H projects and vendors for a week of family fun. For more information call (812) 265-8919.

Switzerland County Fair

July 14-19

Grandstand events, rides, 4-H animal projects and midway booths return to the Switzerland County Fairgrounds for the annual fair. An exhibit hall of 4-H projects and a commercial building are also open during the week. For more information call (812) 427-3152.


August 15-16, 2014

The two-day, riverfront event combines barbeque, blues and family activities. Events include Madison's annual Kansas City Barbecue Society competition - the professional contest that draws cookers from across the country - as well as amateur and children cooking competitions.

The festival will have music throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, though acts and headliners have not been announced.

Other events include a play area for children, a river cruise, the annual Ribberfest 5K run/walk and Pigmania - a competition in which area businesses decorate ceramic pigs that are displayed on the riverfront and then judged. For more information, visit www.madisonribberfest.com.

Swiss Wine Festival

August 21-24, 2014

The biggest festival in Switzerland County is the Swiss Wine Festival, which features a wide array of entertainment and family-orientated activities, including the popular wine pavilion, arts and crafts, river cruises, a 5K run/walk, cornhole tournament, cheerleading competitions and live entertainment.

For more information, call (812) 427-9463 or contact info@swisswinefestival.org.

Neavill's Grove Old Settlers Meeting

August 29-31, 2014

The 129th annual community reunion features antique farm machinery, arts, crafts, food, game and contest. The event is free. The meeting area is on Deputy Pike, about six miles northwest of Madison.

Jammin' In the Hills

August 2014

More than 20 bands will perform during a camping festival near Patriot. More information will be available for the event as the date draws closer. The address for the event is 21354 Upper Goose Creek Road, Patriot, IN 47038.

Chelsea Jubilee

September 5-6, 2014

The free event, Indiana's oldest community reunion, is held at the Saluda Township Park, off State Road 62. The event includes music, food and family activities. Organizers can be reached at (812) 889-2726.

BBQ and Blues

September 6-7, 2014

Located in Carrollton Point Park along the riverbanks of the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers. Patrons are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets to come and enjoy barbeque and blues music.

Anyone interested in competing in the annual barbeque competition or wanting to judge the event should submit a completed application on the Carroll County tourism website.

There will be live music from local musicians and other entertainment.

For more information, call (800) 325-4290 or go to www.visitcarrolltonky.com

Canaan Fall Festival

September 12-13, 2014

The annual festival's signature event is the Pony Express mail run, which includes a special postmark. The two-day event also has music, arts and crafts booths, a flea market, baking competitions and a parade. For more information, contact Gale Ferris at (812) 839-4770. The event is free to the public.

Trimble County Apple Festival

September 13-14, 2014

The annual festival will include the Miss Apple Festival Little Miss & Mr. Pageant and Sweetheart & Princess Pageant, vendors and musical acts throughout the weekend.

Patrons can also sign up for the Apple Pie Contest on Saturday. Judging will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the New Life Assembly of God Church, located on the courthouse square in Bedford, Ky.

Admission to the festival is free.

For more information, call (502) 255-7196 or go to www.trimbleapplefest.org

Fall Old Court Days

September 26-28, 2014

This three-day event includes arts and crafts, collectibles, antiques and food booths around the Jefferson County Courthouse. The event, sponsored by the Madison Pilot Club, is free to the public and held twice every year.

Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art

September 27-28, 2014

The two-day festival along the riverfront plays host to dozens of local and regional artists. The events include a judged arts and crafts show, food, kids' activities and music. The event has free admission. Booths will be located on Vaughn Drive and Broadway and Vine streets.

For more information call (800)559-2956 or (812) 265-2956. Or visit the website www.madisonchautauqua.com.

Tobacco Festival

October 3-5, 2014

The annual event is located in downtown Carrollton on the Courthouse Square.

The festival will feature amusement rides, arts and crafts, a flea market, games, parade, food vendors and other entertainment.

For more information, contact Hazel Willhoite at (502) 525-0607 or www.carrolltontobaccofestival.com

Sleepy Hollow Festival

October 4, 2014

The fall celebration will include pie baking contests, live entertainment, an antique tractor show and an arts fair. There will even be a friendly Headless Horseman riding through town.

The festival was not held last year due to conflicting dates with the 2013 Vevay-Switzerland County Bincentennial Celebration and the Rural Heritage Tour.

For more information, contact visitsc@switzcotourism.com or call (812) 427-3237.

Soup, Stew, Chili & Brew

Oct. 11, 2014

The Main Street event allows local business to compete for Madison's best soup, stew and chili. The event also includes music at Main and Mulberry street, a kids' area and a cornhole tournament.

The event is sponsored by the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce and admission to free. For more information, call (812) 265-3135.