Sounds, smells and smiles: Preview of 8th annual Greencastle Music Festival

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The festival will now feature a corn hole tournament and an admissions charge

What started eight years ago as a birthday party for a Greencastle staple, Almost Home, has turned into one of the most anticipated events of the summer. The eighth annual Greencastle Music Festival will be held on Aug. 26 in the town square.

    The event will go from 3-11 p.m. Admission is five dollars per person and children under 12 get in for free. Gail Smith, owner of Almost Home, said this is the first year they will be charging admission, but believes the five dollar charge is minimal for the amount of entertainment provided.

    Half of all proceeds will go towards funding Main Street Greencastle future events. One of Smith’s goals for the Greencastle Music Festival and other local events is to develop downtown into an events center to bring together the community.

    “It just gets bigger and better every year,” Smith said.

    Some of this year’s performers include returning group The Louisville Chasers, who were a big hit last year, Southern County, and DJ’s from Terre Haute’s HI-99 radio station. Don Von Tress, witter of Billy Ray Cyrus’ smash hit “Achy Breaky Heart” and Greencastle native, will perform onstage with The Louisville Chasers.

    There will be a corn-hole tournament and teams can register at the festival between 3 and 5 p.m. for $20. The first 30 teams to register will get a chance to play. There will also be a children's area open until 7p.m.