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Archway Days Festival Centerville, Indiana

August 24, 25 & 26, 2012
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Permanent "Old Grouch"

Centerville "Old Grouch" Ron Dixon

The Archway Days Festival has officially named 2006's Old Grouch, Ron Dixon, Centerville's permanent Grouch.  In 2006, Dixon, owner of the Old Brass Hog antique shop, said “Every day of my life I’ve been working for this.”  Festival official Gary Killen said it was fitting that Dixon be named.  And he said no one else wanted to be so honored.
See pictures of the 2007 festival by clicking here.
Centerville, so named because it is nearly on the geographic center of the county, is the second oldest town in Wayne County.  It was platted in 1814.  It became the county seat in 1818 and remained as such until 1873.  Original streets were 100-feet wide, but with the increased activity in town when it became the county seat, the width was decreased to 65-feet.  Buildings with common walls were erected in front of original buildings.  These original buildings could then be reached through the archways.
24th Annual Archway Days
Join Us In Celebrating
198 Years of
Centerville History and Architecture
on August 24, 25 & 26, 2012
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Centerville Archways
Centerville Architecture focuses on Greek Revival and Italianate style; yet, the area does have a few Victorian homes.  The buildings in the historic area range from 1820 through 1898 with the majority being built from 1830-1860.  The five existing Archways are unusual in the interior of the U.S.  The Centerville Archways date from 1820 through 1836:
Backenstoes Archway
c.1835 at 139 East Main Street 
Dill Archway
c.1830 at 109 South Morton Avenue
Lantz Archway
c. 1823 at 212 West Main Street
Malone Archway
c. 1836 at 119 West Main Street
Shortridge Archway
c. 1820 at 205 W. Main Street

The Archway Days Festival began in 1988 as Hoosier Celebration '88.  It included a parade of antique vehicles which ended at Maplewood Park.  There, people enjoyed "Music! And Dancing! and ice cream and pie and fellowship of the Centerville community."  Before the end of the day, the dates for the next year were set and the name of 'Archway Days' was chosen.  In 1989, Centerville celebrated 175 years and the festival grew to include a pageant, "Walking Through the Archways of Centerville", a horseshoe tournament, 5K Run and Fun Walk, a Pet Parade, a Lemonade Stand and a Homes Tour.
The Festival has grown and evolved into a very popular festival in eastern Indiana.  It now includes many vendors of food, crafts and traditional fair merchandise plus games such as the pedal tractor pull, pie and watermelon eating contests.  A large variety of entertainment including country and gospel music is heard in the Stiver Performance Shelter in Maplewood Park.

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