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2016 James Dean Festival in Fairmount & Gas City, Indiana / Sept. 22, 23, 24, & 25th

Howdy all, The 2016 annual James Dean Memorial Festival in Fairmount & Gas City, Indiana is here, and kicked off last evening with the early cruise-ins. Links to event schedules are below:

Fairmount: James Dean Festival & Run
http://jamesdeanartifacts.com/james_dean_run.html

Gas City: Ducktail Run
http://www.ducktailrun.com/index.htm
http://www.ducktailrun.com/flyer-side1.htm
http://www.ducktailrun.com/flyer-side2.htm

The weather forecast for this weekend (as of now) is near perfect with sun & daytime temps in the 80's. nearest rain prediction is PM t-storms on Sunday evening.
https://weather.com/weather/5day/l/46953:4:US

So, if your able, come on out and enjoy the fun!
 

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Re: 2016 James Dean Festival in Fairmount & Gas City, Indiana / Sept. 22, 23, 24, & 2

Did you attend Garry? How was it? What a cool name for a town - Gas City!
 

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Re: 2016 James Dean Festival in Fairmount & Gas City, Indiana / Sept. 22, 23, 24, & 2

I used to go to this show every year with my Dad. It is actually two shows about 10 miles apart from each other. The second show is in Fairmount, IN which is Dean's hometown. They have a nice little museum of his stuff there. Small town life at its finest. The route we would take back and forth between the shows would take us past the farmhouse that Dean lived in with his cousin, and the cemetery where he is now buried.
 

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Re: 2016 James Dean Festival in Fairmount & Gas City, Indiana / Sept. 22, 23, 24, & 2

Did you attend Garry? How was it? What a cool name for a town - Gas City!
Yes, we went to both festivals, and the weather was great for the whole weekend. (3) of our (4) Grandkids were in the Fairmount parade with the rest of the area soccer playing kids, and they had fun riding on the hay wagon, and tossing out tootsie rolls to those lining the parade route.

The town of Gas City was formerly Harrisburg, IN. More than 100 years ago, in 1892, the town's name was changed due a natural gas boom. Many industries sprang up in Gas City and adjacent towns to take advantage or free natural gas; brick and glass factories to name a few. The town of Jonesboro, which is the town that I grew up in and that which neighbors Gas City, has a 100+ year old brick cobblestone Main Street. Just like Local Hero said... "Small town life at its finest."

Link to Gas City, IN historical information: http://gascitymuseum.com/gas-city-history I will post 2017 James Dean Festival info next September.
 

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Re: 2016 James Dean Festival in Fairmount & Gas City, Indiana / Sept. 22, 23, 24, & 2

Very cool! I think one of the gals I work with is a native from an area near there..... I'll have to ask her about it. The only Purdue T shirt wearing person out of about 500 of us I think.....
 
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