Community briefs


McCordsville woman to grand marshal Persimmon Festival parade

MCCORDSVILLE – McCordsville resident Diana Chastain has been selected to be the grand marshal of the 75th annual Persimmon Festival Grande Parade in Mitchell Sept. 24.

Chastain is the daughter of George Bishop, who founded the festival that has grown to be one of the largest in the state. She has lived in Hancock County nearly 50 years, but has only missed three Persimmon Festivals in her lifetime. Two was when she was nine months pregnant with her children; and one was when her cousin was grand marshall of a parade in Versailles, which was the same weekend of the Persimmon Festival.

The week-long festival began Sept. 17 and concludes this Saturday Sept. 24; the Grande Parade at 2 p.m. For more, visit persimmon

Monarch butterfly event this Saturday

GREENFIELD – Learn how to help restore the North American Monarch butterfly population in a “Monarch 911” event hosted by the Green Thumb Project by the Hancock County Master Gardeners.

The event is at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield.

Kirsten Carlson and Dr. Helen Steussy will give tips on how to create a natural habitat for Monarch butterflies, and participants may take home milkweed pods to begin creating their own butterfly garden. Register at

Memorial blood drive scheduled

GREENFIELD – A memorial blood drive honoring Riley Settergren will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. A bloodmobile will be at Walmart, 1965 N. State St., Greenfield. Visit to schedule an appointment. The event, hosted by Rotary Club, is happening simultaneously as the Fill a Truck-Fill A Pantry community food drive.

Safety Day event this Saturday

FORTVILLE – Vernon Township Fire Department will host a Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 24 at 600 Vitality Drive, Fortville. The open house style event includes touch-a-truck activities, food trucks, ice cream and a helicopter. Visit for details.

Trunk or Treat participants sought

MCCORDSVILLE – The Town of McCordsville is seeking participants for a Trunk or Treat event, scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 in the Outlook Christian Church parking lot, 6531 N. 600W., McCordsville.

Individuals or businesses are asked to arrive at 2 p.m. and park and decorate their trunk for a decorating contest. Vehicles must be decorated and ready to hand out candy by 3 p.m., and remain parked at the event until 5 p.m. Registration forms may be picked up at town hall, 6280 W. 800N., McCordsville; at; or through email, [email protected]


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