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Festival Season is Underway!


Posted on 9/20/2019 by Visit French Lick West Baden Jasmine

The Paoli Fall Festival, which happens annually the 2nd weekend of September, is the beginning of festival season in French Lick West Baden. This year the Paoli Chamber of Commerce hosted a barbecue cookoff, live music, and carnival rides.

My fiancé and I were able to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the festival for a few hours on Saturday evening. We walked through the carnival, stopping to play a few games, of course, and then headed for the Square. A live band was playing in front of the courthouse, while food trucks and local vendors lined the sidewalks.

Since we had our 2-month-old with us, we drove to The Superburger to get dinner. This cozy little restaurant has been around for years and always makes me feel like a kid again. I can remember going with my dad on Friday afternoons when he would pick me up from preschool. It is featured on 4 of the Indiana Foodways’ culinary trails – BBQ, Tenderloin Lovers, “Between the Buns” Burger, and I Scream for Ice Cream.

My fiancé ordered a coney dog, I ordered a cheeseburger, and we split cheese fries and mozzarella sticks. It was delicious! We loved the simplicity of the food and vicinity to us. We were able to attend the festival and get dinner at a local favorite without traveling too far!

The Paoli Fall Festival ended Sunday evening following the parade, but the Bear Hollow Wood Carvers Block Bash, is up next, happening annually the 3rd weekend of September. They are celebrating their 10th year of this popular event! In addition to the carving competition and auction, there will be live entertainment, local vendor booths, wine and beer gardens, and a car show. This is one of my favorite local events! Watching the wood carving competition is such a neat experience.

Festival season doesn’t end with the Block Bash, though. French Lick West Baden’s annual event, the Pumpkin Festival, starts the last weekend of September. The Festival will have carnival rides and games, food and vendor booths, a flea market, entertainment, and more. I’m looking forward to playing a few rounds of bingo! The parade will take place on the following Sunday, too.

Each festival has a welcoming atmosphere that gives everyone a chance to connect with the community, making it perfect for visitors to feel like a local!