Lack of Pageant Participants Worries Mint Fest Organizers

Mint Festival Organizer Donna Henry shared some concerns about a lack of participation in the annual pageant at last week’s North Judson Town Council meeting.

She said even after holding three sign-ups, there were only a couple of people registered and there weren’t any queen candidates at all. With the registration deadline approaching at the end of this month, Henry said organizers are worried the pageant may have to be canceled.

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The North Judson Town Council Meets Tonight

North Judson Town Council members will discuss this year’s Mint Festival when they meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. in North Judson Town Hall.

Department heads will report on any relevant updates and there will be time set aside for guest recognition and any additional business deemed necessary by the council.

Additionally, Clerk-Treasurer Andrew Rowe, Vice President John Rowe and Council members James Young and Jane Ellen Felchuck attended a meeting at the Starke County Economic Development Foundation on Thursday. Continue reading

North Judson Mint Festival Continues Today

Activities at the 42nd Annual North Judson Mint Festival continue today.

The pancake breakfast at the Masonic Lodge Highway 10 and Lane Street is from 7 a.m. 11 a.m. today, the car show begins at 8 a.m. with registration, the water ball fights with the firefighters begins at noon, music in Norwayne Field begins at noon, the Kersting’s Mint Fest Ride leaves at 4 p.m. ET, the frog jumping contest is at 3 p.m., and the Silly Safari Animal Show is at 7 p.m.

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The Registration Deadline for North Judson Mint Fest Pageants is This Thursday

Thursday, May 10th is the final day to register for the North Judson Mint Festival pageants! Sign-ups will be held at the Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Starke County students ages 5 through 19 are permitted to sign up for the Mint Festival Queen and King Pageant. The registration fee is $20 and a fundraiser is required.

The county’s youngsters, ranging from newborns up to 4-year-olds, can register for the Mint Darlings Pageant, where a fundraiser is also required. Continue reading

Mint Festival Update Provided to North Judson Town Council

When North Judson Town Council members met this week, they received a brief update about the Mint Festival from event organizer Donna Henry.

According to Henry, everything is on schedule. She told members that they received a grant for the pedal tractor pull. She also mentioned that organizers are waiting to hear back from Knox Community School Officials about using the middle school for the Mint Festival Pageant since NJSP will be unavailable due renovation projects planned this summer.

At a previous meeting, Henry shared that the theme this year is ‘Mint to be Friends’ which was inspired by some new friends the Mint Festival representatives made recently. Continue reading

North Judson Begins Planning Sesquicentennial

Council Member Justin Davis, President Wendy J.Hoppe, Council Member Josh Brown, Council Member Jane Ellen Felchuk, Clerk-Treasurer Alicia Collins, Council Member Nathan Bradley, Town Superintendent Marshall Hortsmann, Town Attorney Rachel Arndt , Town Marshal Douglas Vessely, not pictured is Fire Chief Joe Leszek. Photo by North Judson Town Photographer Peggy Bohac
Council Member Justin Davis, President Wendy J.Hoppe, Council Member Josh Brown, Council Member Jane Ellen Felchuk, Clerk-Treasurer Alicia Collins, Council Member Nathan Bradley, Town Superintendent Marshall Hortsmann, Town Attorney Rachel Arndt , Town Marshal Douglas Vessely, not pictured is Fire Chief Joe Leszek. Photo by North Judson Town Photographer Peggy Bohac

The Town of North Judson is starting to make plans or its sesquicentennial celebration this year. Continue reading

“Mint” to be Seen in 2015

mint_festivalThe North Judson Mint Festival continues today and tomorrow with plenty more for you and the family to do. Start the day off with a pancake breakfast from 7 am until 10 am at the Masonic Lodge. If you’re still hungry and looking for bit of friendly competition, attend the pie eating contest at 11 am at Lane St & Sycamore. Continue reading

North Judson Mint Festival Begins Today

  
 

The theme of the 37th annual North Judson Mint Festival sets up a supreme scene that begins tonight!

There’s something for everyone; young or old, person or pet, the festival has something for you to do. A carnival will be in the Catholic church parking lot all weekend. Music lovers have something to look forward to because several area bands will take the stage at Norwayne Field Friday, Saturday and Sunday at various times during the festival.

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Mint Idol Contest Deadline Approaching

 Do you have what it takes to be a singing sensation? Don’t hide your talent, share it with the everyone at the North Judson Mint Festival in the Mint Idol contest! Friday, June 6 is the entry deadline for the Friday, June 13 contest, so get your application in as soon as possible! The competition is open to individuals ages 5 and up. All participants will receive ribbons, and first, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each age group. Age groups are as follows: 5-9, 10-13, 14-17 and 18 and older. Contestants under 18 require parental consent. Contestants must have their song chosen and ready to go in time for the Thursday June 12 rehearsal. It will take place from 6 until 9 p.m CDT at St. Peter Lutheran School in North Judson. Tracks cannot have lead vocals. Music on CDs, MP3 players, iPods and phones are acceptable, but contestants are responsible for bringing the appropriate connector or format to play the songs. The Mint Idol competition will be Friday June 13 at 6 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran School. Click here for the Mint Idol 2014 Registration Form. Entry forms can be completed and sent to Mint Idol, P.O. Box 33, North Judson, IN 46366.

Mint Festival Father/Grandfather of the Year Deadline Nears

  
 

The deadline to enter the annual North Judson Mint Festival Father & Grandfather of the Year contest is fast approaching. Entries are due Saturday, May 31. Any child from the North Judson – San Pierre School District can nominate their father or grandfather. The essay must be in a child’s handwriting and include the name of their father or grandfathers as well as their name, an address and phone number. All local NJ-SP children are encouraged to get involved. Proposals can be sent to Father/Grandfather of the Year, Mint Festival, P.O. Box 33, North Judson, IN 46366.

The North Judson Mint Festival to Begin in Less Than a Month

Joan Ludwig of CenturyLink presents a check to Mint Festival President Donna Henry in the amount of $500 for the Mint Queen sponsorship
Joan Ludwig of CenturyLink presents a check to Mint Festival President Donna Henry in the amount of $500 for the Mint Queen sponsorship

The North Judson Mint Festival is June 13-15 and the theme this year is “Mint is Supreme in 2014”.

All of your favorite events are coming back this year: Father/Grandfather of the Year Contest, magic and puppet shows, bingo, lots of vendors, a frog jumping contest, pork chop dinner, car show and swap meet, Pet Fun Walk and Parade, music and the parade.

The Mint Queen pageant will be sponsored by CenturyLink and the last scheduled sign-up is this Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. CT at the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library. For information on the Mint Festival Queen pageant, call Teresa at (219) 205-2440.

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