Special Events & Festivals

Extracation demo


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Markle Fire Department performs at extrication demonstration on a junk car during the Markle Wildcat Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, in downtown Markle.

Taking a shot


Photo by Steve Clark.

Liz Daniels (right) flings a beanbag during the Markle Wildcat Festival Cornhole Tournament, held Saturday, Aug. 23, in downtown Markle.

C'mon, froggie!


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Ben Lawlor, of Markle, urges his frog to jump during the Wildcat Festival Frog Jumping Contest at Markle Park on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Wildcat waterball


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Markle Volunteer Fire Department members (from left) Phoebe Harmon, Justine Eberle and Bob Rzasa concentrate on the target during the Wildcat Festival Waterball Contest against a team from Ossian. Children also had a chance to participate in the fun.

Weiner dog races


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Megan Karst (left) and Justin Stanley release their "weiner" dogs in one of Wildcat Festival Weiner Dog Races at Markle Park on Saturday, Aug. 23. The inaugural event drew three contestants.

Sand castle construction


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Zach Robbins, of Huntington, works carefully on building sandcastles during the Wildcat Festival Sandcastle Building Contest at the Markle Pool at Markle Park.

Tough task


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Conner Mason, of Markle, works on lining up a Rubik's Cube during the Wildcat Festival Rubik's Cube Contest on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Markle Park.

Balloon fun


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Bubblicious the clown puts together a balloon animal at the Markle Park during the Wildcat Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Taking aim


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Kierra Ormsby, of Bluffton, takes aim at a Disk Ball target in the kids' games section at the Markle Park during the Wildcat Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Cooling off at the parade


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Young Mason Spradlin looks intense as he  works on a flavored ice treat during the Markle Wildcat Festival Parade on Saturday morning, Aug. 23. Holding the child is Matt Klug.

Grouches help judge the parade

The newest Markle Grouches join Markle Town Council President Jeff Humbarger (center) on the judges stand to judge the Wildcat Festival Parade on Saturday morning, Aug. 23. Looking over the entries are (from left) Molly Brown, Jennifer Bailey with help from Emma Bailey, Pastor Steve McPeek and Tracie Wolf.

Heading down the parade route


Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Wells County Color Guard heads down the parade route during the Markle Widlcat Festival Parade on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Several new events to freshen up Markle Wildcat Festival this year

Sidney Palmer gives her frog a nudge during the 2013 Markle Wildcat Festival frog jumping contest. Frog jumping returns to this year’s festival lineup, taking place Saturday, Aug. 23, at Markle Park.
TAB file photo.

The Markle Wildcat Festival will have some new events to make this year's festival fresh, while keeping the events that are the hallmarks of the annual celebration.

The festival, which takes place Aug. 22, 23 and 24, is named for "Princess Wildcat," the moniker given to a local Native American woman, explains festival chairwoman Diane Wedler.

"Now we have a Princess Wildcat contest," she says, adding the festival has been held in Markle for about 40 years. This year's theme is "Back to the '80s."

Markle Wildcat Festival Schedule of Activities

Friday, August 22

4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
PORK CHOP DINNER at the Markle Fire Station. Sponsored by the Markle Fire Department.

6:30 p.m.
WINNERS OF THE GROUCH CONTEST will be announced at the Markle Fire Station.

7:00 p.m.
KICKBALL TOURNAMENT at Markle Park's front diamond.

8:00 p.m. to ?
MUSIC BY DJ WATT and FIREWORKS BY FANTASY FIREWORKS at Markle Park. Rain date: Sat., Aug. 23.

Saturday, August 23

All day
FOOD VENDORS at Markle Park.

Princess Wildcat


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Lily Clanin (left) the 2013 Young Miss Wildcat, receives her crown from Lacy Curry, a former Princess Wildcat, during the Princess Wildcat contest Saturday evening, Aug. 24, at Markle Park.

Little Miss Wildcat


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Janell Lemler (left) the 2013 Little Miss Widcat, receives her crown from Lacy Curry, a former Princess Wildcat, during the Princess Wildcat contest on Saturday evening, Aug. 24.

Princess Wildcat


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Abigail Reichard (left) receives her crown after being named 2013 Princess Wildcat from former title holder Lacy Curry during the Princess Wildcat contest on Saturday, evening, Aug. 24.

C'mon, jump!


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Kylie Nevius tries to get her frog to jump far during the Wildcat Festival frog jumping contest at Markle Park on Saturday, Aug. 24.

Waterball


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Teams from the Markle (left) and Uniondale fire departments battle it out during he Markle Wildcat Festival waterball fights on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Markle Park.

Yuck!


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Mark Kohlhorst lets a tarantula crawl on his hand during his Mark's Ark animal show on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Markle Wildcat Festival at the Markle Park.

Markle bounce


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jason Lenwell (left) and Collins Vosler come down a bouncy slide at the Markle Park during the Markle Wildcat Festival on Saturday, Aug. 24.

Raiders in Markle


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Riverview Middle School marching band drumline performs during the Marle Wildcat Festival Parade on Saturday, Aug. 24.

Princess Wildcat candidate


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Abigail Reichard is running for the title of Miss Wildcat at the Princess Wildcat Contest as part of the 2013 Markle Wildcat Festival. The contest will take place Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Markle Park Pavilion at 6:30 p.m.

Little Miss Wildcat candidate


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Running for the title of Little Miss Wildcat at the Princess Wildcat Contest as part of the 2013 Markle Wildcat Festival are (from left) Janell Lemler and Sawyer Peterson. The contest will take place Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Markle Park Pavilion at 6:30 p.m.

Markle Wildcat Festival ready to roll Aug. 23-25

Candidates for the title of Young Miss Wildcat at the Princess Wildcat Contest as part of the 2013 Markle Wildcat Festival pose for this promotional photo.
Photo provided.

The 2013 Markle Wildcat Festival kicks off Friday, Aug. 23, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 25.

"We just have a lot of stuff planned and a lot of events going on and there's going to be something for pretty much everybody," says Diane Wedler, festival chair.

The festival commences Friday with a pork chop dinner at the Markle Fire Station at 4 p.m., and running to 8 p.m.
A dance with DJ Watt, which will include a swing dance group demonstration, will also be held at the fire station and runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Markle Wildcat Festival schedule of events

Friday, August 23

4:00-8:00 p.m.
Pork Chop Dinner, Markle Fire Department station
Sponsored by Markle Fire Department

6:00-10:00 p.m.
Dance with DJ Watt, including a Swing Dance Group Demonstration, Markle Fire Department station
Sponsored by Markle Medical Center

10:15 p.m.
Fantasy Fireworks at Markle Park
Rain date: Saturday, August 24
Sponsored by the Markle Fire Department and the Town of Markle

Saturday, August 24

Markle parade entries sought

Markle Wildcat Festival organizers announce that parade entries are needed for the Markle Wildcat Festival Parade.

The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m.

Entry forms are needed by Aug. 17 and can be found online at www.markleindiana.com, then by clicking on Wildcat Festival.

For more information, contact Tim and Rhonda O'Reilly, parade chairmen, at rhondaoreilly67@gmail.
com or 273-0716.

 

Markle Wildcat Festival Car Show to be only event on weekend festival usually goes on

The Markle Wildcat Festival Car and Truck Show will take place Sunday, Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Markle Fish and Game Club Park. Registration will start at 8 a.m.
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The Markle Wildcat Festival Car and Truck Show will end up being the only event to take place during the period of time usually occupied by the Markle Wildcat Festival after nothing emerged from efforts to schedule other events.

Linda Reed, treasurer of the Markle Chamber of Commerce, suggested in June that other events might be scheduled for Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25, before the Sunday, Aug. 26, car and truck show. However, Reed confirmed on Monday, Aug. 13, that no other events had been scheduled.

Curry, Small and Tracy reign over 2011 Markle Wildcat Festival as its princesses

Winners in the Markle Wildcat Festival Princess pageant were (from left) Lacy Curry, Miss Wildcat; Juliana Small, Young Miss Wildcat; and Makiah Tracy, Little Miss Wildcat.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Lacy Curry was crowned Miss Wildcat before a tent full of appreciative supporters Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Markle Park.

Joining her in reigning over the 2011 Markle Wildcat Festival were Juliana Small, who was named Young Miss Wildcat, and Makiah Tracy, who walked away with the Little Miss Wildcat crown.

Miss Photogenic awards were also handed out during the pageant. They went to Bethany Smith, in the Miss Wildcat division; Mikayla Grant, in the Young Miss Wildcat division; and Alyssa Lenwell, in the Little Miss Wildcat division.

 

A sash for Miss Wildcat


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Wildcat Princess Pageant emcee Tiffany Grant (mostly hidden) arranges the crown for Miss Wildcat Lacy Curry on Saturday evening, Aug. 27.

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