North Judson officials hope to move forward soon with the demolition of a downtown building. Pulaski Circuit Judge Michael Shurn approved an emergency demolition order Monday morning, allowing the town to tear down the structure at 205 and 207 Lane Street without having to go through a bid process. But before that can happen, Shurn also asked that a structural engineering report be completed, to determine whether Doug Cassel can safely remove several pieces of his personal property. Continue reading
The Town of North Judson is calling this year’s Mint Festival a success. This year’s event celebrated the town’s sesquicentennial, the state’s bicentennial, and the 40th year for Mint Festival. Continue reading
The 40th annual Mint Festival is in full swing in North Judson. In addition to food and vendor booths on Lane Street and at Norwayne Field, activities abound today. Highlights include the car show in the United Methodist Church parking lot, the FFA Tractor Show at the elementary school, waterball fights at the old fire station on Main Street and the pet parade at the town park. The Cooking with Mint contest will take place at the Girl Scout Cabin. Continue reading
The 40th Annual Mint Festival gets underway tonight in North Judson. The opening ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. at Norwayne Field. It will be followed by the Bicentennial/Sesquicentennial Essay Contest at 5:15. Indiana is celebrating 200 years of statehood this year, and North Judson was founded 150 years ago. Continue reading
Plans are being finalized for this weekend’s North Judson Mint Festival. Continue reading
The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum is gearing up for the North Judson Mint Festival over Father’s Day Weekend. The museum’s planned some special events for dads and the entire family to enjoy. Continue reading
The North Judson Police Department had a successful month in May. That’s according to Interim Town Marshal Frank Thomas. Continue reading
Plans are in place for this year’s North Judson Mint Festival. It will be held Father’s Day weekend, June 17, 18, and 19. This year, organizers are commemorating Indiana’s bicentennial, North Judson’s sesquicentennial, and the 40th year for the Mint Festival. Continue reading
Fathers day is fast approaching and if you’re still searching for that special gift, Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson can assist. Ride the rails and soak up local scenery during Mint Festival Weekend, Saturday, June 20 and Sunday June 21.
After much deliberation, the Mint Festival Royal Court was selected over the weekend. Judges had their work cut out for them this year with a plethora of talented contestants but after weighing all their options they reached a decision and declared the 2015 Mint Pageant winners.
Singers of all ages have a little more time to sign up for Thursday’s Mint Idol contest. Officials with the North Judson Mint Festival have extended the registration deadline for the singing competition to Wednesday, June 17. Continue reading
This weekend during the North Judson Mint Festival, patrons will have the opportunity to ride the rails at the Hoosier Valley Rail Road Museum. Passengers have their choice of riding in a vintage caboose, an open-air car or a vintage commuter coach. The train will leave the depot for the 10-mile round-trip excursions to English Lake/Kankakee River at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The longer, 20-mile round-trip excursion to LaCrosse, lasts approximately two hours and leaves the depot at 2 p.m. Continue reading
The North Judson Mint Festival has taken another step toward preparing for the event; the town board this week approved a motion to authorize the issuance of a special event permit for the festival, during a short meeting held Monday night.
The North Judson Mint Festival committee is hard at work preparing for their 37th annual event with this year’s theme of, “Mint Is Supreme in 2014!” The committee held their first meeting this season for the festival, and they are excited to get the festival preparations underway.
Aspiring performers are urged to showcase their vocal talent during the North Judson Mint Festival Karaoke Contest. It’s scheduled Friday, June 14 at 6 p.m. at the St. Peter Lutheran School Gym in North Judson. C & D Entertainment is hosting and all ages are welcome to take part. Trophies will be presented for first, second and third place winners in the ages 1-12, 12-17 and 18 and up categories. Call Chuck or Donna at (574) 806-2501 to sign up by June 1.
Mint Festival planning is in full swing as officials prepare for the upcoming event that’s just a month away. North Judson Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry said a regular meeting was held last night to make sure the planning for all the different festival events is on track, and as the event continues to draw near, Henry said the committee will be working tirelessly to get all the loose ends tied up to have a successful festival.
Application distribution dates are approaching for the Mint Festival pageant, and Festival Committee Member Teresa Trout said the committee has been working hard to get the event planning wrapped up. The committee is currently taking applications and have set aside five days this month to distribute applications at the North Judson Public Library and the Starke County Public Library.
Pageant sign-up sheets are available today at the Starke County Public Library from 2 to 4 p.m. The sign-up sheets will also be available at the library in Knox on May 10 from 3 to 5 p.m., and on May 11, sign-ups will take place at the North Judson Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon. On May 13, the North Judson Public Library will once again host sign-ups from 5 to 7 p.m.
The North Judson Mint Festival Parade was held under clear skies and hot and humid weather conditions yesterday afternoon. The parade, one of the highlights of the three-day event, featured Betty and Allen Chesak as the Grand Marshals.
Betty Chesak had been featured in an article in 1976, the Bicentennial Year, and the beginning of what is now the Mint Festival.
“Seems like just yesterday doesn’t it? When you’re having fun time flies,” Chesak said.
Yesterday was a special day for Paul Gougeon, who found himself in the North Judson Mint Festival Parade as the 2012 Grandfather of the Year.
Gougeon says he felt honored when he was nominated by his granddaughter, Kaeleigh Higgins.
“I’m not only honored to have been selected, but honored that my granddaughter wrote the winning entry,” Gougeon said.
The North Judson Mint Festival begins today!
The carnival opens at 5 p.m. and fair-goers can enjoy music from the band 30 South from 5 to 7 p.m. at Norwayne Field. The winner of the Father and Grandfather of the Year awards will be announced at 7 p.m. at Norwayne Field, and music from Half Track will follow that ceremony.
The Mint Idol Contest and the Guitar Hero contest have been canceled this year. Look for those features in next year’s festival.
Plenty of other activities are scheduled during the three-day festival. We’ll highlight more events in tomorrow’s news.