Rising Sun’s annual Navy Bean Fall Festival will take place on Main and Front Streets Friday, October 10th and Saturday, October 11th

While “Navy Bean Weekend” has typical activities that fairgoers come to expect like live entertainment, rides, a parade, queen pageant, food, games, vendors and more, what makes this festival so unique is its deliciously famous Navy Bean Soup and homemade cornbread.

Parking is free and available throughout the downtown area.  Festival admission is free and all live entertainment is free too!  Main stage entertainment is sponsored by the City of Rising Sun.

Some of the highlights of this year’s event include:

  • Navy Bean Soup and homemade cornbread served 5-9 pm on Friday and 12-7 pm Saturday.
  • Festival Midway with rides, games and vendors from 5-9:30 pm Friday and 12-9:30 pm Saturday.
  • KidZone Pavilion from 5-9 pm Friday and 12-8 pm Saturday.
  • Queen Pageant at 6 pm Friday.
  • The Skallywags at 6:30 pm Friday.
  • After Midnight at 8:30 pm Friday.
  • 5K Run/Walk at 8 am Saturday.
  • Bicentennial Parade at 10:30 am Saturday.
  • Senior activities in Heritage Hall from 11 am-2:30 pm Saturday.
  • The Motown Sounds of Touch at 7:30 pm Saturday.
  • “1964 The Tribute” – The #1 Beatles tribute show in the world at 9:30 pm Saturday.

For a complete list of events and additional details, please visit www.navybeanfestival.org.    There is also information on some of the more notable events below courtesy of the Navy Bean Festival Committee.


The City of Rising Sun is currently celebrating its Bicentennial and this year’s festival Main Stage entertainment theme is Music through the Decades.  The Navy Bean Fall Festival will present a variety of musical acts that celebrate the music from the decades of the 40s through today.

The Main Stage entertainment for Friday, October 10th will kick off at 6:30 pm with the Scallywags. The Scallywags is a high energy band that plays a mix of country, rock and their own original songs. Most of the band members began playing together while students at South Dearborn High School.  After graduating, the band moved to Nashville, TN.

At 8:30 pm Friday, After Midnight will rock the riverfront.  The group is a Cincinnati based 1970’s Tribute Band that has appeared at several local Tri-State festivals and venues.

The Ladies of Liberty will open the Main Stage entertainment at noon on Saturday, October 11th. The Ladies of Liberty is a singing troupe dedicated to performing the Andrews Sisters’ style of music through their own rendition of vocals, hairstyles and costumes and the spirit of patriotism reminiscent of the 1940s. If you like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Don’t Sit under the Apple Tree,” you’ll enjoy The Ladies of Liberty.

At 2:15 pm Saturday, Mike Davis will make the ladies swoon as Today’s Elvis. Mike is a regional crowd favorite.

At 5:45 pm Saturday, the husband and wife country duo Cook and Belle will perform country hits past and present.  Cook and Belle, along with their son Seth Cook, have performed at several festivals and venues.

The Motown Sounds of Touch of Dayton, OH will wow the audience at 7:30 pm Saturday.   The group was voted a top 3 finalist on the popular NBC TV Show “The Winner Is!” hosted by Cincinnati’s Nick Lachey.  Touch is the top “Motown Sound Tribute” in the country with over 15 years of entertaining audiences with their energetic dance steps and colorful outfits. Touch members have also written songs for The Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson!  

With Motown Records celebrating 50 years of great music, this is “the” act for all Motown loving people to see!  The band has shared the stage with Rick Springfield, The Temptations, Lou Gramm/Foreigner, Al Green, The Spinners, Night Ranger, Eddie Money and Ray Charles just to share a few.  

“1964” The Tribute will cap a great two days of entertainment on Saturday at 9:30 pm.  Since the early eighties, “1964” The Tribute has been thrilling audiences around the globe by taking them on a journey through a quintessential moment in music history that will live forever.

Over twenty years of researching and performing have made “1964” masters of their craft.  They are hailed by critics and fans alike as THE most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute….which has earned them the distinction from Rolling Stone Magazine as the “Best Beatles Tribute on Earth.”   

“1964” recreates an early ‘60s live Beatle concert with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles and onstage banter with an accuracy that is unmatched. “1964” is:  Mark Benson as John Lennon, Graham Alexander as Paul McCartney, Tom Work as George Harrison and Bobby Potter as Ringo Starr.  

Also on Saturday from 11 am-1 pm, Richard Scott will be in concert at Heritage Hall performing for the seniors. This show is sponsored by the Waters of Rising Sun.  Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Admission is free.


The City of Rising Sun is currently celebrating its 200th birthday (1814-2014) with a year-long Bicentennial Celebration that has included many festive events. One of the premier events will be a Bicentennial Parade which will take place during the Rising Sun Navy Bean Fall Festival on Saturday at 10:30 am.

The Festival Parade Committee is asking families, businesses, organizations, clubs, sports teams, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, churches, high school alumni, high school classes and clubs, etc. to design a float or entry and be part of the Bicentennial celebration. Entries may be presented in the back of a pickup truck as long as participants are safely secured inside the bed of the truck.

The theme of the Bicentennial Parade is “Rising Sun: A Story 200 Years in the Making!”  Participants are asked to design an entry reflecting a period of time in Rising Sun between the years of 1814 to 2014. Ideas for entries could be a display of Rising Sun’s Founding Fathers or early settlers; a popular landmark, past or present restaurant, hangout or historical site; a Rising Sun High School class reunion or sports team reunion; or a local historic event or pop culture event such as popular TV shows and music through the years. The ideas are endless.

Prizes to be awarded are: 1st Place- $500, 2nd Place- $300, 3rd Place- $200 and 4th Place- $100.  Entries wishing to eligible for prizes must submit a $5.00 judging fee with their parade application. Parade applications can be picked up in the following locations: Rising Sun City Hall, Rising Sun Historic Downtown, Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism and the Ohio County Community Foundation. Applications can also be downloaded at www.navybeanfestival.org.

Questions or comments can be directed to Sue Scalf, Bicentennial-Festival Parade Chair, at 812-584-1695 or suescalf144@gmail.com.  You can also contact Charlie White, Bicentennial-Festival Parade Assistant, at 812-756-0654 or cwhite1328@yahoo.com.


The Navy Bean Fall Festival will incorporate more rides this year for the kids and kids at heart. Murray Bros. Shows will again provide the festival rides including a Ferris wheel and carousel along with a variety of age appropriate rides.  Ferris wheel riders will get a great view of the Ohio River from the top of the ride.  Wrist bands will be sold for $13 (good for Friday night) and $16 (good for all day Saturday) for unlimited rides.  Individual tickets are $1.25 with rides taking three or four tickets.


This year’s KidZone (located at the Main Street Pavilion) will consist of free magic shows, free face painting and free balloon art by Daniel Lusk Entertainment on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Silly Safaris will hold two free animal shows on Saturday at 1 and 3 pm.  A meet and greet session with the animals will follow each show.

Joy Unspeakable (mime) and Barney Fife (impersonator Rick Roberts) will be wandering through the Festival Midway.

The KidZone is sponsored by Ohio River Valley Communications (wireless broadband) through the Rising Sun Municipal Utilities and the City of Rising Sun.


The Rising Sun Methodist Church will sponsor the 5K Run/Walk during the Navy Bean Fall Festival.  It will be held on Saturday at 8 am. Runners and walkers will check in at the riverfront shelter located at 122 S. Front Street.   There are many categories and awards:

Run Category-  awards to overall male and female winners plus awards to the top three individuals in male and female age groups: 8 and under, 9-12, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and over.

Walk Category- awards to overall male and female winners plus awards to the top three individuals in male & female age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over.

The cost to enter is $20 Pre-Registration/$25 Race Day  and includes t-shirts while supplies last. T-shirt sizes run from youth small to XXL.  Participates must register by September 28 to guarantee t-shirt.

The Navy Bean Fall Festival Committee would like to thank the Rising Sun United Methodist Church for coordinating and sponsoring the 5K Run/Walk.  For information, contact navybeank5@yahoo.com or 812-577-7790.