ISFA is Indiana’s largest festivals
and events membership organization.

It publishes the Indiana Festival Guide each year, featuring over 500 festival listings. Festival and event members receive promotion, leadership and education opportunities.

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500,000 copies of the Indiana Festival Guides are distributed at more than 1,200 locations in all 92 Indiana counties each year.

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or publishing your festival, event, or organization in the Indiana Festival Guide?

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~ ISFA News & Updates ~

Register for the Fairs & Festivals Convention

Indiana Fairs and Festivals Convention

Join us January 6-8 for the 2023 Indiana Fairs and Festivals Convention.

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How to Plan & Produce Your Festival / Event

The Indiana State Festivals Association and Visit Indiana have provided a comprehensive manual to help you plan every stage of your event, from concept to post-festival evaluation. In addition, other “RESOURCES & HOW-TO GUIDES” are also available.

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Indiana State Festivals Association Queen Update

We are excited to bring back the ISFA Scholarship Pageant in 2021! This coming year will be a little different. See more details by clicking the button below…

CLICK HERE for pageant info...

IOTD & ISFA Celebrates Hoosier Energy Support

Hoosier Energy started the Festival Guide as a community service to their membership in 1972 and it quickly spread statewide. Hoosier Energy had a vision for travelers to, and in, Indiana. That vision still shines brightly years later, just like the millions of light bulbs that Hoosier Energy powers across this great State. All of us in the travel and tourism industry, including our ISFA member festivals, owe a debt of thanks to the foresight of Hoosier Energy.

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Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Board Meetings

Friday and Saturday, January 6 & 7
ISFA Board of Directors Meetings
Location both days:
Marriott East Hotel, Indianapolis
Dinner Meeting on January 6 at 6pm Eastern Time (ET)
Dinner Meeting on January 7 at 5:30pm Eastern Time (ET)

Friday and Saturday, April 14 & 15
ISFA Board of Directors Meeting & Spring Workshop
Dinner Meeting 
on April 14 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) at Fairfield Inn Conference Room, Franklin
After Spring Workshop
on April 15 at Franklin Recreation Center – Beeson Hall

Saturday, June 10
ISFA Board of Directors Meeting 
Working Lunch on June 10 at 11 am at Hendricks County Fairgrounds, Danville

Friday and Saturday, November 10 & 11
ISFA Board of Directors Meeting & Annual Meeting
Location Both Days: Greenfield Central High School Cougar Room
Board Meeting Annual Retreat 
on November 10 Dinner at 6:45 pm Eastern Time (ET); 7 pm Meeting
Annual Membership Meeting 
on November 11 at 8:30 am ET
Annual Board Retreat on November 11 at 9 am ET

Questions? Contact ISFA CoordinatorDoug Weisheit at 765-592-1662 or email info@indianafestivals.org

Indiana Festival Guide Covers

As produced by Indiana State Festivals Association

ISFA is proud to announce that the following festivals will be featured in upcoming editions of the Indiana Festival Guide:

2023 – Festival Country, Johnson County
2024 – Pieorgi Fest
2025 – The Festivals of Greene County
2026 – The Festivals of Shelby county
2027 – Parke County Covered Bridge Festival
2028 – The Festivals of Madison, Indiana

Past Covers:
2022 – 75th Annual Mitchell Persimmon Festival
2021 – The Festivals of Dubois County
2020 – The Festivals of French Lick West Baden
2019 – The Festivals of Clinton County
2018 – Kiwanis Club of South Central Indiana Balloon Fest
2017 – The Festivals of Anderson/Madison County
2016 – Nappanee Apple Festival
2015 – Circus City Festival
2014 – Marshall County Blueberry Festival
2013 – The Battle of Corydon Reenactment
2012 – Riley Festival
2011 – Parke County Covered Bridge Festival
2010 – Swiss Wine Festival

 

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~ the 2022 Indiana Festival Guide is dedicated to our comrade and friend, Larry Bemis ~

Larry Bemis, Past Past President
Newport Antique Auto Hill Climb

Larry was a long-time member of the ISFA Board of Directors; he served as the 2017-2018 ISFA President and was the recipient of the Josephine Hauck Award in 2011.

Larry will be deeply missed by his ISFA friends

~ Staff & Board of Directors ~

Staff 

ISFA Coordinator

Doug Weisheit 

info@indianafestivals.org   |   765-592-1662

Evenings after 7pm is the best time or leave a message on the answering machine and I will do my best to get back with you very soon.

Regional Account Executives

 

East & Central

Katy Cavaleri

317-313-5033

kcavaleri@mymetronet.net

West, South Central & South

Darla S. Blazey

darlasblazey@gmail.com

Social Media Coordinator

Michele Hardman

mhardman1212@yahoo.com

Board of Directors

Matt True, President

Madison Regatta

Josh Reichart, Vice President

500 Festival

Nancy Alldredge, Secretary

Riley Festival

Gale Gerber, Treasurer

Elkhart County 4-H Fair

Bernadette Manuel, Assistant Treasurer

Starke County Freedom Ride

Cheryl Hamilton, Historian

Linton Freedom Festival

Larry Hardman, Past President

Judah Heritage Festival

Brenda Alexander, Past Past President

Frankton Heritage Days

Kim Stevens, Past Past Past President

Frankfort Hot Dog Festival

Leanna Senter, ISFA Scholarship Pageant

Marshall County Blueberry Festival

Heather Becerra

South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority

Chris Benson

Wabash Founders Day Festival

Betty Cash

Perry County Dogwood Festival

Audra Deckard

Shoals Catfish Festival

Kaydy Fuhs

Persimmon Festival

Sarah Kesterson

Riley Festival

Vanessa McClary

Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Fest

John Nichter

Three Rivers Festival

Lee Ann Smith

Roanoke Fall Festival

Austin Stevens

Harvest Fall Festival

~ ISFA AWARDS & HONOREES ~

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JOSEPHINE HAUK AWARD

IN HONOR OF JOSEPHINE HAUK (pictured left) –   Founding ISFA Board Member,   1992 IFEA Hall of Fame Inductee,  Formerly of the Indianapolis 500 Festival

Josephine Hauck was the Executive Director of the 500 Festival for nearly three decades. She transformed it into one of the greatest festivals held in the state and throughout the nation.

Her leadership and strong demeanor lead her to be affectionately known as “General Jo”. Each May she would lead her board and thousands of volunteers in producing the merry month of May in Indianapolis. Founded by civic leaders in 1957, the 500 Festival was created to celebrate the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the annual running of the Indianapolis 500 each May.

Jo Believed strongly in the need for festival planners to share their enthusiasm, ideas, and experience for the betterment of all festivals. She is credited with founding the Indiana State Festivals Association in 1972. An award in her name was established in 1993 and is still given annually at the Indiana State Festivals Association Convention to an individual who has contributed significantly to the building of festivals in the state of Indiana. Josephine was awarded the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash by two different Indiana Governors. The award is the highest honor the Governor of Indiana can bestow upon one of its citizens.

Josephine was one of the founding fathers of IFEA as well. She worked tirelessly networking with festivals across the country and led the organization in its early years. She attended the annual convention regularly with her husband Kenny who she met while he was serving as President of the 500 Festival in 1967. They were a concerted team and each other’s biggest supporter. She continued to be active in festival work even after her retirement from the 500 Festival in 1992.

 Editor’s Note: Josephine Hauck, CFEE, passed away in 1997

ANN RETSECK MEMORIAL GRANT

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  • This memorial grant is dedicated to Ann Gettinger Retseck for all the time and effort she put into her community and the Merom Bluff Chautauqua. The grant makes attendance to the Annual ISFA Fall Convention possible for ISFA members who need assistance in paying their representatives’ costs.
  • Any ISFA Festival member that has not been awarded the Ann Retseck Memorial Grant for the past three (3) conventions is eligible to apply. Applications are open to any member of ISFA whose dues are current.
  • The ISFA Board of Directors will award up to a maximum of $1,000.00, usually between $100 and $250 per ISFA Festival member.
  • The Grant winner must attend the conference, pay in full and then will be sent a check for the amount of the Ann Retseck Memorial Grant on the Sunday meeting of the ISFA Board of Director Meeting during the Convention weekend.

AWARD WINNERS

2020    Freetown Freedom Festival

2018    North Judson Mint Festival

2015    Northern Indiana Lakeview Festival

2013    Cumberland Art Goes to the Market

            Fun Fest by the River

            The Elkhart Jazz Festival

            Yellowstone Trail Fest

            Fest of the Turning Leaves

2011    Roann Covered Bridge Festival

HARRELL MEMORIAL GRANT

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  • This memorial grant is dedicated to Charlene “Shorty” Harrell of the Lagro Good Ole Days Festival, who passed away on November 9, 2012 while attending the ISFA Fall Convention.
  • The grant makes attendance to the Annual ISFA Fall Convention possible for ISFA members who need assistance in paying their representatives’ costs.
  • Any ISFA Festival member that has a budget of less than $10,000 and has not been awarded the Charlene “Shorty” Harrell Memorial Grant for the past three (3) conventions is eligible to apply. Applications are open to any member of ISFA whose dues are current.
  • The ISFA Board of Directors will award up to a maximum of $1,000.00, usually between $100 and $250 per ISFA Festival member.
  • The Grant winner must attend the conference, pay in full and then will be sent a check for the amount of the Charlene “Shorty” Harrell Memorial Grant on the Sunday meeting of the ISFA Board of Director Meeting during the Convention weekend.

AWARD WINNERS

2020    Freetown Freedom Festival

2018    North Judson Mint Festival

ISFA – KIRK WORKS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

2020    Don Morrison, Blueberry Festival

2019    Kirk Works, Swiss Wine Festival