Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism

Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism
PO Box 112
Rising Sun, IN 47040

Visitor's Center
100 S. Walnut Street
Rising Sun, IN 47040

Related upcoming events

  • 06/09/18 6:00 am - 06/09/18 10:00 pm

    The Ohio County Convention, Tourism and Visitors Commission (Ohio County Tourism) along with Rising Sun Main Street will debut the inaugural Rising Sun’s Blues & BBQ in June 2018.

    The Saturday, June 9 event will take place on Main and Poplar Streets in Historic Downtown Rising Sun. It will include an amateur BBQ rib competition, live blues music, kids’ events and a Hillbilly Fashion Show. The event is free and open to the public. Food vendors will have items available for sale.

    Interested amateur BBQ chef extraordinaires are invited to participate. Only individuals who haven’t made money cooking are eligible to participate in the judged portion of the BBQ competition. First, second, and third places will be awarded. You need not be a local competitor to participate.

    “The tourism board along with local businesses wanted to debut a new event,” said Kendal Miller, executive director of Ohio County Tourism. “We’re starting out small with plans of expanding in future years.”

    All BBQ rib competition entries must be cooked on site, with parboiling in advance not permissible. A complete list of rules and guidelines will be forthcoming. Teams can set-up as early as 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9.

    The Hillbilly Fashion Show will take place at 1:00 p.m. A youth, women's, men's, and family category will be offered.

    Live entertainment begins at 2:00 p.m. with two youths blues troupes. The schedule will be: Rude Mood, 2:00-2:30 p.m.; The Bits Band, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; Jimmy Davis, 4:00-5:30 p.m.; The Side Effects, 6:00-7:30 p.m. and Johnny Fink and the Intrusion from 8:00-9:30 p.m.

    The event also features arts & crafts, information, and food vendors.

    Rising Sun’s Blues and BBQ has a new Facebook page and will include additional information as it becomes available.

    For more information on lodging, eateries, and tourist attractions, contact Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism at (888) 776-4786. Additional information is available at enjoyrisingsun.com. Follow Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

  • 06/09/18 1:00 pm - 06/09/18 2:00 pm

    RISING SUN/OHIO COUNTY, IND: The public is invited to enter the Hillbilly Fashion Show, a special event that coincides with the inaugural Saturday, June 9, 2018, Rising Sun’s Blues & BBQ. There are no fees to enter and everyone is invited to participate.

    The fashion show begins at 1:00 p.m. on the music stage around Main and Poplar Streets in downtown Rising Sun. All entrants must be in the line-up by 12:50 p.m.

    Entrants can enter into one of four categories including:

    A. Men
    B. Women
    C. Youth (ages 16 and under)
    D. Families (two or more members)

    1. Participants from the men’s, women’s and youth categories can also compete in the family category with other participants. One $50 cash award per category.

    The stereotype of a hillbilly is a person who lives isolated in the hills, hollers and mountains. Hillbillies go barefoot, wear worn-out floppy hats, drinks moonshine and whisky made from their homemade stills, plays the fiddle or banjo, tote guns, and drive old beat-up pick-up trucks. Although content with life as they know it, they often have bad teeth, longs beards, wear worn out clothes and hand-me-downs. (Note that real firearms are NOT permitted at this contest.)

    Below is information that may helpful in selecting items to wear to showcase your personal “hillbilly style.” Feel free to add your own interpretation, as these are only suggestions taken from historic photos and information.

    Clothing: Old and big, attire that is several sizes too large with stains. Clothing that looks like it may get washed once a week. Flannel shirts under faded overalls. Worn out t-shirts. For women, overalls and well-worn jeans with the legs rolled up the calves. Flower sack skirts. Older hillbilly styles include dresses and long skirts, with apron worn over top.

    Hats: Sloppy hats, baseball caps with a logo depicting an advertisement for farming equipment, beer, liquor, fishing or hunting. For women, floppy hats with brims, or old working hats that are torn and tattered or paisley bandanas. Older hillbilly styles included bonnets for women.

    Hairstyles: Woman; 80s-type hair, dirty, tousled, pigtails, parted down the middle. Bandanas worn on the head. Mohawks for men.

    Shoes: Dirty work boots that look like you’ve worn them every day for the past five years or barefoot.

    Accessories: Corncob pipes (for women and men), suspenders, paisley handkerchiefs, and long aprons.

    Contestants will be judged on the authenticity of their wardrobe and presentation.

    Judging begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. Contestants are encouraged to utilize hillbilly movements and traits while modeling their fashions.

    For additional information, contact the Ohio County Visitors Center at (812) 438-4933. Information on lodging, eateries, historical sites and additional events are is available by calling (888) 776-4786 or logging on enjoyrisingsun.com. Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

  • 10/31/18 5:00 pm - 10/31/18 8:00 pm

    Halloween festivities will begin with a costume parade on Rising Sun Main Street on Wednesday, October 31.

    The kid-friendly Headless Horseman and companion will lead the parade, promptly leaving the corner of Main and Walnut Street at 5:00 p.m. A youth and adult costume contest will immediately follow. Prizes to be awarded.

    Trick or Treat in Rising Sun will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. around downtown Rising Sun. The Headless Horseman will roam around the town and stop and pose for pictures.

  • 12/01/18 4:00 pm - 12/01/18 6:00 pm

    Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism Visitors Center from 4:00-6:00 p.m on December 1, 8, and 15, 2018. The event is free and open to the public.

    Stop by the Santa house located at 100 S. Walnut Street in Rising Sun and visit with jolly 'ol St. Nick himself! Decorate a sugar cookie at the Center's "sprinkle station" and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.

    Photo opportunities will be around downtown, so be sure to bring your cameras and cell phones!

    For more information, telephone (812) 438-4933.

  • 12/08/18 4:00 pm - 12/08/18 6:00 pm

    Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism Visitors Center from 4:00-6:00 p.m on December 1, 8, and 15, 2018. The event is free and open to the public.

    Stop by the Santa house located at 100 S. Walnut Street in Rising Sun and visit with jolly 'ol St. Nick himself! Decorate a sugar cookie at the center's "sprinkle station" and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.

    Photo opportunities will be around downtown, so be sure to bring your cameras and cell phones!

    For more information, telephone (812) 438-4933.

  • 12/15/18 4:00 pm - 12/15/18 6:00 pm

    Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism Visitors Center from 4:00-6:00 p.m on December 1, 8, and 15, 2018. The event is free and open to the public.

    Stop by the Santa house located at 100 S. Walnut Street in Rising Sun and visit with jolly 'ol St. Nick himself! Decorate a sugar cookie at the center's "sprinkle station" and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.

    Photo opportunities will be around downtown, so be sure to bring your cameras and cell phones!

    For more information, telephone (812) 438-4933.

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