Bonjour! For the past few years, my family and I have attended Indiana Bastille Day, an amazing free family event held right in our hometown of Fortville, Indiana. We love this event and today I want to invite all of you to join us on July 11 from 11am to 11pm.
We eat crepes, participate in the French Revolution (well, okay, the Fishers RenFaire actors participate and we cheer or jeer accordingly), learn about French culture and history, and get to know our neighbors, local historical groups, the police force and firefighters, plus we get to hear some amazing French music and the Ten West choir.
There’s a beautiful evening lantern walk and a fun laser light show to close the day, as well.
In an inspiring mix of global and local cultures, there are marionettes, painting in the park, a waiter’s race, the game petanque, and other fun French themed activities, crafts, and wares brought to you by the many talents of our area’s local artisans. It’s a great day to discover some new-to-you local businesses, learn about the French culture, and make new friends.
What does a small town in Indiana have to do with the French Revolution, you ask? Well, admittedly, not much at first glance. But, here’s the most wonderful part about all of this: Indiana Bastille Day is a lesson about what can happen when friends and neighbors come together.
You see, Indiana Bastille Day began just a few short years ago as a celebration in a local couple’s backyard. The wife is from France and the family held a Bastille Day event at their home to share French culture with their friends and neighbors.
The event caught on and grew. And grew. And grew!
There is a YouTube video here with co-founder Calvin Hendryx-Parker from 2011 that explains a bit about how Bastille Day came to Fortville, Indiana if you’re interested in hearing the back-story. Check out Le Blog to keep in the know about what fun is in store this year.
This small town embraced the idea and, once people started coming together with their input and resources, this event became a local festival which draws thousands every year thanks to the hard work of community volunteers, local businesses, and groups.
Isn’t that wonderful? Vive le Fortville!
What started as a gift from this family to their friends is now a gift from this small town to our state.
Judging by all of the smiles I saw last year, I think it is a gift that is very appreciated. And I want to share that gift with you. The good folks at Six Feet Up are the people behind Indiana Bastille Day and they have given me some Bastille Day Bucks packs for TWO lucky winners, valued at $10 each.
Leave a comment below and let me know what you’re most looking forward to about Indiana Bastille Day this year and/or what you loved the most about the event last year.
This giveaway will end on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at midnight EST. Winners will be notified by me via email and we’ll let you know how you can claim your Bastille Day Bucks. Good luck!
I think my favorite thing about going to Indiana Bastille Day is that the festival has kept true to its backyard roots. Neighbors calling out greetings to each other, families spread out on blankets (the grown ups sipping wine, the kids eating crepes), kids flying kites and riding bikes, lots of laughter and joking, and a very laid back and relaxed atmosphere in which we get to transport ourselves to France for a day.
It just goes to show that some pretty fantastic things can happen when communities work together.
Local folks, do you want to know more about Indiana Bastille Day? Check out the Indiana Bastille Day website here.
Indiana Bastille Day will be this Saturday, July 11 from 11am to 11pm in Fortville, Indiana. I hope to see you there!