Date(s) - 06/17/2023 - 06/18/2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Arts and Craft Shows
- car shows
- Family fun
- Father's Day
- Northwest Indiana
This festival is held annually on Father’s Day Weekend in downtown North Judson and the North Judson Park. Activities include: Cooking with Mint contests, King & Queen Contest, bands, midway rides, food, crafts, and bingo. There is a 5k run on Saturday and parade on Sunday and everything mint.
So they looked around for a theme and came up with the idea of showcasing mint since it is an unusual plant that will only thrive in certain areas. Our region is one of them.
The theme this year is Mint to be Free in 2023!
The opening ceremony and the Queen/King and Mint Darlings introduction is at 5 p.m. CT on FRIDAY at Norwayne Field with the announcement of the Father/Grandfather of the Year award at 5:15 p.m. Enjoy music by Jolly Roger at 5:30 p.m. and High Noon at 8 p.m.
Greg Allender is the 2023 Grand Marshal.
The Mint Festival continues SATURDAY with the Dr. Ufkes 5K run/2 mile walk with registration at 6:30 a.m. CT at the corner of Keller Avenue and Main Street. The Cooking with Mint Registration is at 9am – 11am at Grand Central park. The Masonic Lodge pancake breakfast is from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., the car show registration is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. with judging to follow and the trophy presentation at 1:30 p.m., cooking with mint registration from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Grand Central Perk with judging at 11 a.m., the pedal tractor pull registration at 10 a.m. on Keller Avenue with the competition at 11 a.m., water ball fight registration at 10 a.m. at the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department with the event at noon, the book sale at the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., train rides at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum at noon and at 2 p.m., Kersting’s Mint Fest Ride registration at 3 p.m. ET at Kersting’s Cycle Center with the ride leaving at 4 p.m. ET, the frog jumping contest at 3 p.m. on Keller Avenue, the cornhole tournament at 4 p.m. CT at the Irish Pub, the pie eating contest at 4 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Keller Avenue, and the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. at Norwayne Field. Enjoy music from The Tuned Inn Band at 5 p.m. and Rock America at 8 p.m. Also there will be Magic Shows, Puppet Shows, Pet Parade, Silly Safari Animal Show and Music by Small Town at 9:30.
Sunday’s activities include the pancake breakfast and bake sale in the SS Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church basement from 7 a.m. to noon, Heartland Christian worship at 10 a.m. at Norwayne Field, train rides at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum at 10 a.m. and at noon, the parade registration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Judson-San Pierre High School parking lot with the parade at 3 p.m., and the flag burning ceremony is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Judson American Legion. Enjoy music from The Blue Hollar Band at 1 p.m. and Lomax Station at 4:30 p.m. CT. Look for the Puppet Show at 10:30am, Magic Show at Noon, and Night Shift at 1pm with Magic Show again at 2pm, and Puppet show at 5pm.
The Taste of North Judson, arts and crafts, and food will be available throughout the festival. The Mint Festival headquarters is on Lane Street if anyone has questions.
Call 219-395-6504, more info on facebook.
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