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.



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.”


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


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!


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



The U.S.D.A. Forest Service will offer a free, family-friendly guided hike at the Hemlock Cliffs Trail on January 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST.  Participants will walk the 1.5 mile loop with a guide and become aware of some of the natural and cultural history of the area.  There is a rock staircase down into the canyon and appropriate footwear should be worn.  This scenic trail offers rock outcroppings, a waterfall, and geological formations such as rock shelters.  The trail is located in Crawford County, off Ind. 37. Directions can be found on the Hoosier National Forest website, or call 812-547-7051.


Mitchell Opera House plans to put on 4 shows this year that will remind you a little bit of the show “America’s Got Talent.” During each of these shows, you will see different talents from individuals in our surrounding counties. On December 14, you will get to watch the top two winners from each of the showcases compete. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000!

If you want to show off your special talent, send in your application by 5 pm on March 4. You must submit a two minute video with your application.

Click here to find the Showcase Rules and Application.

Safe Travel in Lawrence County With the Long Family

Lawrence County offers many unique outdoor adventures that await you around every corner, but we understand if you’re hesitant to travel during these uncertain times. Recently, an Indiana family took a trip down to Limestone Country and put together a video so that you could view their experience and learn more about the new safety …

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