The 129th annual Corydon Old Settlers celebration is Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 9-11.

The theme this year is “Community at its Best,” which locals and visitors alike will enjoy all weekend.

Old Settlers will get off to a bouncing start Thursday evening with an ice cream social and opening night of seven different interactive inflatable games on the west side of the square. There will be seven different inflatables for all ages to enjoy all weekend long, including laser tag, a mechanical bull, 250 foot zip-line, kids bounce and more.

As usual, there is a full line-up of free bands to enjoy all weekend long, starting off Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with A Brighter Balance, playing alternative genre music certain to appeal to younger fans.  Fridays entertainment will include Mystery Train at 7:30 p.m., playing the best in 60s and 70s FM rock, and a street dance with the El Dorados playing their rockabilly, honky-tonk and jump blues that will make you want to get up and dance.  Saturday’s bands start off with Orlin Thomas his band, Tried & True Country at 3 p.m.  You won’t want to miss Switchback, and American band with Celtic soul, playing at 7:30 p.m.  The evening will come to a close with The Rumley Brothers, a popular country rock band from Leon, performing for another street dance at 9 p.m.

As usual, Saturday, will be full of events for the entire family.  The day gets an early start with an omelet breakfast, a 5K and 10K run and two mile walk, cribbage tournament and 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, followed by children’s games at 9:30 a.m.  There will be an arts and crafts exhibit inside the courthouse, and the Laplanders Quilt show at the United Methodist Church. The kiddie parade will be at 11:15 a.m.  The Big parade will blast off at 1 p.m. and will include the usual hosts of floats, tractors, antique cars, bands, horses and more.

Corydon Old Settlers 2012 promises to be a great time, with food, friends and outstanding free music. Bring a lawn chair, plan to spend the day, and enjoy all the celebration has to offer.  For more information and a complete listing of events, go to or the Facebook event page “Corydon Old Settlers 2012."

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