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FORTVILLE — France might be 4,000 miles and six time zones away, but its style and culture were on display in Hancock County during the weekend.

The fifth annual Indiana Bastille Day returned to Fortville’s Landmark Park Saturday, July 12, in honor of the French National Day (actually July 14) that commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, at the start of the French Revolution.

Actors from the Fishers Renaissance Faire helped set the mood while guests took in a competition between waiters in the walking race, enjoyed the petanque tournament or simply listened to music from acts including Frenchaxe and the Ten West Choir.

A new feature at this year’s event was the expanded beer and wine garden, which evolved from a tasting event to a full-fledged beer and wine garden, allowing guests to enjoy their drinks throughout the park while other events took place. The night was capped by the lantern parade and a laser light show.

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