- There were 60 people in attendance.
- Chad Schnell passed around the first draft of a small promo poster and a folded schedule flyer. Both will be finalized and printed for early April.
- Kathy Bachman gave an update on the April Museum day including that the Grand Marshal will be announced during the event.
- Allen Luebbehusen reported on the Car Cruise the weekend before the fest, Saturday, June 23, 2018. When the cars return around 6pm, hamburgers and other food will be available, along with a DJ. The Hayride will leave the event around 7pm.
- Chad reported that any chairpersons who want the Queen to present awards and take photos need to let him know.
- Chad reported that all chairpersons need to get with him in the next month or so with what they want to do for awards or prizes for his event. Martha Goepfrich said to contact her if any chairpersons want participation ribbons, Martha is having them made for kids races. A few sample trophies were displayed.
- Kris Buechler reported the parade entry forms are ready and that there might be a limit on how many entries are accepted for the Thursday Night Parade. He said that parade route will go from the park up the church hill past the elementary school and then back down to the park so the state highway does not have to be closed for the Night Parade.
- Ron Sander reported on a large number of Tractor & Farm Show activities that will start on Sat. June 23 and continue the fest weekend.
- Chad reported on their continuing discussions about offering balloon rides. The balloons will only be able to fly for about 2 hours on Saturday early evening due to weather/winds that time of year.
- Ryan Hasenour reported there will be a free to attend bartending glass offered in April, we need many more bartenders for the fest, please consider getting your temporary license.
- Chad reviewed the fest schedule and is ready to finalize it for the print materials.
- Chad reported to chairpersons to be ready for a big crowd on Friday night, not to be caught by surprise. He feels is very likely Friday will be as well, or better attended, than Saturday. Due to the less hours Friday it’s possible we will have a larger total number of people on the grounds at one time on Friday than Saturday.
- Tony Buechler gave a brief presentation announcing that the organizations the lead the major areas have agreed Streetfest will continue the last Saturday of June 2019. Tony has offered to chair and volunteers are needed to join the 2019 leadership team now so they can shadow the current leadership team to pick up pointers.

NEXT 175th MEETING - THURS APRIL 5: The next Celestine 175 Meeting will be Thursday April 5 at 7pm in The Happy Hour Basement. Meeting will focus on finalizing events details, logistics and promotion of our 175th (June 28 through July 1, 2018). We will vote on the Grand Marshal for our fest. Many volunteers and shift leaders are needed, please attend and get involved in what will be a great celebration!

EVENT FLYERS FOR MUSEUM DAY: Stands will be available to display your flyer.  If you want to display your flyers and forms bring them to museum day. 8x10 stands will be provided.

CELESTINE MUSEUM DAY: Join us Sunday, April 8 from 1 to 4pm at the Dubois County Museum for a day celebrating the history and culture of the Celestine Community. There will be over 40 displays, exhibits and speakers celebrating Celestine’s 175 years. Admission is $5 Adults; $3 High School age; $2 Middle School, & Elementary age; 4 and under free. Help is needed to set up on Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30pm, Saturday, April 7 from 10-4, and Sunday, April 8 after 11. Contact Kathy Bachman 812-482-2074 or Iris Gadlage 812-389-2328 for more details or to volunteer.

APRIL LEGACY NIGHT – “OUR PRIESTS”: St. Celestine Church will continue celebrating its 175 years on Sunday, April 22 with an event titled “Legacy Night: Our Priests.” The event will take place in church from 6:00 to 8:30pm. Dr. Mark Ginter will portray Celestine founder Fr. Joseph Kundeck. There will be presentations about the priests who have served the Church in the past along with details about those from the area who have become Priests. Also the mystery of the impostor Priest will be discussed!

175 MERCHANDISE UPDATE: In-stock merchandise include canes (NEW item), license plates, glassware, apparel, hats, Christmas ornaments and more! Now also accepting pre-orders for women’s tank tops in classic or racerback style (NEW item). Please contact Joan Steffe at 812-482-6051 to order / pick-up. Pictures and pricing of all items available at NOTE: Pictures of new items will be posted when available

  • Centennial Vest & Suspender Pre-orders: Please contact Joan Steffe at 812.482.6051 to place an order.

  • Bunting & Bow Pre-Orders: The last order for bunting and bows will be placed on April 23rd.  Please contact Renee Merkel at 812.661.0204 or to place an order before that deadline.

  • History Book Pre-Orders: Celestine 1993 (First 150 Years), Celestine 2018 (Past 25 Years) or a bundle of both books & Beyond the Calendar a collection of Photos, Perpetual Calendar and Recipes can be ordered by completing the order form available at and sending St. Isidore Parish Office. Please note there will only be 700 copies of Beyond the Calendar available.

  • 175 Official Logo Wooden Outdoor Stencil Pre-Orders: Size is customizable for your space.  Contact Derek Schaefer at 812.549.7768 for size and pricing.

CELESTINE 175 DRONE FOOTAGE: You have never seen Celestine like this! In celebration of the 175th BC Baggett and Indiana Drones have put together a gorgeous video of the Celestine community along with footage from the Fire Department Tractor Pull & St. Isidore Shooting Match at the Celestine Community Club.

CELESTINE 175 CASH RAFFLE: We need your help selling tickets! Grand prize is $5,000 with another $5,000 available in 14 other smaller amounts. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for 5 tickets!. They are available at all Fest planning meetings (1st Thurs. of the month), at all 175th events or by contacting Denise Buechler at or @CelestineIndiana on Facebook.

CELESTINE ELEMENTARY TOURS: As part of the 175th Celebration, Celestine Elementary teachers and staff will be offering tours of the historic school on Friday June 29th and Saturday June 30 from 6:30 to 8 PM. This will be a great opportunity to revisit the school that so many youth have attended for over 75 years!

STATE CONGRESS RESOLUTION: Indiana State Representative Shane Lindauer (who represents the community of Celestine) has presented a resolution recognizing the 175th anniversary of the founding of Celestine. The resolution has passed. State Senator Erin Houchin presented the resolution which was also passed in the State Senate. The text of the resolution is available on and Representative Lindauer intends to present a ceremonial version in person at our 175th.

BEYOND THE CALENDAR & 175 HISTORY BOOK ORDER INFORMATION: Beyond the Calendar The 170 page perpetual calendar with photos of the Celestine area and events along with recipes has been taken to the publisher. Only 700 copies are being printed. There will not be a second printing! Get your pre-order in today. The Celestine: 2018, the 175th History Book is also available for pre-order. It will give a history of events and activities in the community over the past 25 years and serves as an addendum to the 150th History book (which is still available for order also). Order forms are available at

QUEEN, JUNIOR QUEEN, LITTLE MISTER & LITTLE MISS PAGEANTS: The Celestine 175 Celebration will feature a pageant with 3 different age categories! The Pageants will be held June 24 at 4PM on the Dubois Middle School Stage. Entry forms are now available on Entry forms and fee must be submitted by April 24. Age categories: (ages as of June 24, 2018): Queen - young ladies 15-19, Junior Miss - young ladies 10-14, Little Miss and Mister - boys and girls ages 5-9 .Please contact Ashley Seger with any questions 812-630-4924 or The Pageants are sponsored by Illusions Nail, Hair Studio and Day Spa.

175 QUILT RAFFLE: At the 175th there will be quilts raffled off using a wheel (License #146092), like at the St. Isidore Shoot. Nine quilts will be raffled off Friday night and nine will be raffled off on Saturday.  One special quilt was chosen as “Best of Show.” Raffle tickets will be sold for this quilt. Tickets are $1 a each or 6 for $5. They will be available starting on museum day. If you have questions, call Angie Hochgesang at 812-634-1565.

BROTHERS OF THE BRUSH: Next meeting is Wednesday April 4 at 7pm at the Celestine Community Club - food/meal & drink will be available. The meeting is optional and not required for someone to be entered in the competition. There currently are 135 people registered. It is NOT too late to participate - contact Todd Goepfrich at 812-631-0848 or Jeff Sander 812-631-4289 to pay your $10 registration fee and show them you are clean shaven. Additionally, you can order a BOTB T-shirt for $10. Prizes will be awarded for four categories: best groomed, bushiest, longest and most unique. Next meeting will be May 2.

AAA MIDWEST TRAVELER ARTICLE: Celestine 175 will be featured in the May/June issue of the AAA’s Midwest Traveler Magazine sent to their Midwest members. The article talks about the big draws of our fest and the community’s German heritage.

TIME TO VOLUNTEER: An event of this size needs the help of EVERYONE who is able to help. You can state your preference by filling out the form at

JOIN THE CELESTINE INDIANA EMAIL MAILINGLIST: Visit to sign up for the official Celestine Indiana email mailinglist. We will send out this newsletter and other important updates on a very occasional basis.

NIGHT & DAY PARADE ENTRY FORMS: The Celestine 175 celebration will feature two separate parades. On Thursday June 28 a night parade will be presented at dark starting at the Celestine Park, moving past the Elementary School, around the west entrance of St. Celestine Church and back to the Park. A daytime parade will be held on Sunday, July 1 beginning at 1pm that will move throughout the Celestine community. Entries must be returned by June 14. Entry form is available on

BARTENDERS NEEDED: If you are willing to bartend a shift at the fest and have your license, or are willing to get your license, please contact Ryan Hasenour at 812-630-4210. A free training course will be offered in April.

FASHIONS OF YESTERYEAR: The entry form is available now on If you are interested in learning more about the Fashions of Yesteryear please contact Breanne Hasenour at 812-639-0412 or Kara Glendening at 812-639-4567. Come join us in celebrating fashions from 175 years ago on Thursday, June 28 at 7:30pm on the Main Stage. Categories: Little Tikes- Ages 0-7, Lads & Lassies- Ages 8-15, Worker’s Attire, Sunday Best, Family Album. An informational meeting was held on 2/22/2018 at the Celestine Community Club. At the meeting they went over the rules/entry form and discussed different ideas about accessorizing with their dresses. For example, a little girl could carry a basket of eggs or bread. The 175 canes are also available for anyone to accessorize with. Likely there will be a photographer to take pictures of the Fashions at the fest on Thurs. If you would like email updates and did not attend the meeting please send your email to or

CELESTINE 175 CAR CRUISE: Saturday, June 23, 2018. Celestine (Jaycee) Park: 90 N Celestine Rd S, Celestine, IN 47521. Register at the park at 1 PM EST, leave the park at 2PM EST, return to the park at approximately 6PM EST. Route features all paved roads. $10 per person. All cars, trucks, jeeps, motorcycles, and any other type of road legal vehicle welcome. We will be giving a ticket to each paying rider for a chance for prizes at the end of the cruise. Food and refreshments will be available after the cruise. A HAY RIDE will be leaving from the Celestine Park at 7PM EST. Call or text Allen for more information at (812) 827-3400. Not responsible for accidents. Flyer available at

CELESTINE 175 CAR SHOW: Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Celestine (Jaycee) Park: 90 N Celestine Rd S, Celestine, IN 47521. Registration from 8 A.M. to noon, entry fee is $15 per vehicle. Dash plaques for the first 100 entrees! Trophies will be given to: Top 5 2008 & newer, Top 30 2007 & older, Top Unfinished/Rat Rod, Best Ford, GM, & Mopar, People’s Choice. Awards to be given out at approximately 2:30 PM EST. Food & refreshments will be available all day. Call or text Allen for more information at (812) 827-3400. Not responsible for accidents. Flyer available at

BABY & TODDLER PHOTO CONTEST: The Celestine Elementary PTO is offering a photo contest for babies and toddlers. The entry fee is $20, entries must be received by June 14. To enter, mail a 5x7 photo with parents names, child's name, address, email address, and phone number written on back of photo to chairperson Stacy Brosmer - 988 N Robert Dr - Celestine IN 47521. The categories are: 0-12 months, 1-2 years, 3-4 years. Prizes will be awarded to the child with the most votes in each category. Photos will not be returned. Voting will take place at the Celestine 175th.

DODGEBALL TOURNEY: Start gathering your teams for the Celestine 175 Dodgeball Tourney! It will be held on Friday, June 29. First game begins at 7pm at the Celestine Elementary Tennis Courts. There will be 6 people per team with a $30 entry fee per team for the double elimination tourney. Team must include at least one player from the opposite sex. Cash prize awarded to the 1st and 2nd place teams in each division, which are “12 and under” and “13 and up.” Deadline to enter is by 5:30pm on Friday, June 29. To register call/text Teresa Betz 812-827-3366 or Cheryl Mehringer 812-630-1354. Each participant is required to sign a waiver of liability before competing.

SENIOR KING & QUEEN: The nominations have closed. The winner will be selected with $1 votes from the public, beginning in early April. Voting slips can be obtained at the entrances of St. Celestine Church, from the parish office, at Annette’s Hair Design by Annette Tuell, and at several events leading up to the celebration in June.

BAKE OFF: Free to enter! Adult Categories (age 15+) include Yeast Bread & Rolls, Cakes & Cupcakes, Cookies & Bars, and Pies. Kids’ Categories (ages 3-14) include Cakes & Cupcakes, Cookies & Bars. Entries must be made from scratch and include a short description (i.e. brownies with nuts). Judging will be based on appearance, flavor, and texture. All entries are to be turned in at the Celestine Elementary kitchen on Wednesday, June 27, between 5 and 8pm. Questions? Call Helen Beyke at (812) 678-2434.