The July 4th fireworks will be launched from Wilson Park this year.

In order to honor social distancing and to keep the public safe, Wilson Park will be closed to the public. Residents will be encouraged to find a location within a few blocks of the park to sit and watch the aerial firework display. There will be not be a ground firework display.

The fireworks display is expected to take place shortly after dusk.



No tax dollars will be used for the celebration; all the money raised for the celebration will be strictly donations. Anyone wishing to donate can contact Bedford City Hall to learn how to contribute. The goal is to raise $8,000.



Fireworks will be set off at the Lehigh Cement Plant beginning at dusk.



This annual event features all sorts of gems, minerals, fossils, rocks, jewelry, beads, lapidary & prospecting equipment.

Check back for more information as the event draws closer.



Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Lawrence County’s oldest and largest festival featuring the quirky little fruits, persimmons! The Persimmon Festival offers up live music and entertainment every night, amazing food, games, rides & more! Of course, you will be able to find persimmons EVERYWHERE!

Kick off Festival Week at the Candlelight Tour at Spring Mill State Park (September 18)
Persimmon Festival Parade (September 25)

Please check back for more information as the event draws closer or check out the Persimmon Festival Facebook Page.



*photo above provided by the TimesMail.



It’s another beginning to the Farmer’s Market Season and we couldn’t be more excited! Pick up fresh produce and beautiful handmade items created by locals. While the market is a great place to gather and socialize, for everyone’s safety, it is asked that you maintain a distance from others. See all of the “Market Manners” below:


As seen in the Bedford Times-Mail 05/15/2020

Bedford Farmers Market to open Saturday

The Bedford Farmers Market is opening as scheduled on Saturday according to Market Director Allison Roodschild. The market will be open during its traditional hours from 8 a.m. until noon.

“We would like to encourage shoppers who are concerned about crowd size to attend during the first hour as we want to give them the best experience for their situation,” Roodschild said in an email. “The first hour will continue to be reserved for the elderly and immunocompromised for the next several weeks as the need is evident.”

The market will once again be located on the west side of the courthouse square in downtown Bedford. Customers will be able to park along J Street.

Roodschild said the Lawrence County Commissioners gave approval for the market to open given the event takes appropriate safety measures. The governor also declared farmers markets to be essential businesses.

“After that happened, we began our research behind the scenes,” she said.

“The market board, which is comprised of vendor members and myself, ultimately made the decision to open. The Bedford Revitalization Board, as our sponsoring organization, was also consulted.”

Roodschild said she was in contact with the Indiana Department of Health, the Farmers Market Coalition, Indiana Farm Bureau and Purdue Extenson to name just a few of the organizations consulted for guidance. She said she also talked with other area market leaders. “What is right for one market might not be right for another,” she said.

“Our basic structure will remain the same, but customers can expect to see changes to each vendor’s displays,” she said. “The use of pre-packaged options and order pick-up will likely be used more frequently.”

The market has adopted the following Market Manners for attendees:

• Do not enter the market if you are sick.

• Make a shopping list.

• Send only one person from the family into the market.

• Wait in your vehicle if lines form.

• No pets will be allowed.

• Keep six feet between people.

• Do not touch surfaces.

• Touch only what you intend to buy.

• Use handwashing station if needed.

• We love you, but please do not linger.

Roodschild and other vendors will be in charge of policing the public to make sure the guidelines are being followed.

“Many aspects of the pandemic situation look to each of us to show respect and kindness to each other,” she said. “I feel confident in my neighbors that we can excel at that, regardless of our personal opinions. The situation will continue to be monitored as changes come down from the state. Some changes may become permanent based on need and feedback from customers and vendors. Time will tell.”

She expects the market season to get off to a slow start.

“I’d like to encourage our customers not to be discouraged,” she said. “Remember for several of us, this is income vital to our lives. Please support us as we overcome the situation.”



The Lawrence County Art Association hosts their annual holiday art show, “Tis the Season”. The Wiley Art Gallery will be filled with artwork from award-winners and budding artists alike. Pick up the book, “Artists Feature Lawrence County” while you are there, and see the county in a different perspective.


Thursday 9:00 AM – NOON, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Friday 1:00 PM – 5:00PM
Saturday 10:00 AM t0 1:00 PM


Visit Spring Mill State Park Inn and enjoy a yummy Christmas buffet. There will be plenty of food, but if you would like to join, it is recommended that you make a reservation with the Inn. There will be no gate fee to enter the park during this event.

Prices: Adults $20.99 ~ Children (4-10) $10.99 ~ Children (3 &  under) FREE


Don’t miss out on this Bedford, Indiana native singing some of his greatest hits! If you don’t know him already, is a winner of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star Competition, and he made #12 on the iTunes Country Chart with his first record, “Torn Jeans & Tailgates”. Not only that, he has opened for some of Country music’s biggest stars: Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Jimmy Buffet. Come and support our Lawrence County Country music star!



Because of the pandemic, the Mitchell Opera House hasn’t opened its doors for a while, but they are still providing entertainment for the community. This Friday, go to the Mitchell Opera House Facebook page to watch Cody Ikerd & The Sidewinders perform live. If you have never seen the band perform, this is a great chance to see them for FREE! They have opened for Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr, Kentucky Headhunters and many more. Don’t miss out!

Click here to go the Mitchell Opera House Facebook Page.


On July 3rd the public will have the opportunity to swim late hours at the pool and watch a dive in movie!! The movie will be Madagascar. The pool will open to the public at 6:30pm, the movie will start at dusk, and the pool will close at the conclusion of the movie.

Price will be regular pool admission rates:
Children 2 & Under: Free
Children 3-17: $2.50
Adults: $3
Slide Band: $1.50
Pool Pass

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