The Wolcottville Downtown Improvement Group is bringing back the Wolcottville Appreciation Day this year as a way to kick off their revitalization efforts.
The festival is slated for Saturday, June 2, with events throughout the town.
The group met earlier this week to get some ideas in place for the festival and are looking for others who have ideas for events and want to help run the festival.
The festival is looking for local groups that would like to be food vendors for the day. Area groups should contact Sara Evers at the Wolcottville Farmers State Bank branch.
Also planned is live music and entertainment throughout the day, a car show, parade, kid’s activities, and even wine tasting.
The festival is also looking at hosting a pageant.
Anyone interested in participating in the festival or being part of the organization of the event can contact Evers at 854-2551.
The group also spoke with John Bryan from the Noble County Visitors Bureau. Bryan is working on an application that would give every town in Noble County “Indiana Main Street” status.
The Main Street status, Bryan told the group, would open doors for additional grants as the town looks to revitalize Wolcottville.
He added that a long-term plan is important for the town, but the plan, once completed, needs to have some ownership, usually a public-private collaboration. He told the group that the visitor’s bureau is there to help them throughout the process.
The town recently applied for an Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Revitalization Planning grant for up to $50,000. That grant is expected to be awarded in about six months.
Bryanalso noted that Wolcottville has “good synergy with Rome City, with the lynch pin being Sylvan Springs in-between.” He added that, with the addition of the Gene Stratton Porter site, there is a good cluster in the area.