MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. – A historic Indiana festival nearly a century old is on the hunt for a new generation of volunteers to keep the fun alive.
Paragon, Indiana, may be on the smaller side.
But every September, it makes a big name for itself in Morgan County with its Homecoming Festival. It’s the 93rd running this year.
The free annual gathering always falls over Labor Day weekend on Union Street in Paragon.
And it’s filled with the kinds of activities that give you that nostalgia and comfort of warm nights at an Indiana carnival.
It's Indiana to the core: The sounds of classic cars revving up for the Car Show and kids squealing on the carnival rides. The smell of sweet cotton candy and fried elephant ears. The sight of a county coming together for music, contests, town-wide yard sales and more.
But all that fun doesn’t pop out of thin air. The festival is completely put together by the time, money and energy of people who aren’t even paid to put it on.
Leaders with the Paragon Homecoming Board and Committee say the festival is and always has been run by volunteers. The non-profit group says it is trying to keep the festival from fading out of existence, but in order to do that, it needs more people to step up.
To volunteer, the group suggests attending a meeting (falls the first Sunday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Paragon Homecoming Festival office on Union Street) or speaking with a committee member.
You can also get more information on volunteering by contacting the Homecoming Board and Committee here.
The Paragon Homecoming Festival kicks off Friday (Sept. 1) and continues through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, on Union Street in Paragon.