Griffith’s 10th Annual Rock n Rail Draws Thousands

Madalyn Nolan, Editor-in-Chief

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Griffith’s 10th annual Rock N Rail festival was held this Labor Day weekend, from Thursday, August 30, until Sunday, September 2. The fest spanned from the corner of Broad and Lake St, to the corner of Broad and Main in downtown Griffith. Over 30 food and craft vendors set up shop for the event, which drew thousands people from all over Indiana and Illinois. Friday night offered a car and motorcycle show hosted by Griffith Firefighter’s Association, and a vintage car show for cars from 1959 or older took place Saturday afternoon. Music every night included: Rumors- A Fleetwood Mac Tribute, Echoes of Pompeii- Pink Floyd Tribute, Kashmir- Led Zepplin Tribute, and Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones- Prince Tribute, just on the main stage. Roughly 34 bands performed on the three stages over the four days. In addition to the main stage and bar stage, a new stage was added this year on Lake St. The Kidzone featured barrel rides and bounce houses every day, as well as characters such as Peppa Pig and Mickey, Poppy and Branch Troll, Moana, Ariel, Elsa, and superheroes.
Food vendors such as Cheesy Truck, Hogs n Dogs, Big Daddy’s BBQ, and more stretched down Broad St. Ice cream and snow cones were available for those wanting to cool off during the hot days in downtown, and savory elephant ears for the long nights enjoying the live music.
Senior Jessica Terzarial worked the festival Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.
“I got to work with my best friends and got paid to do a pretty easy job,” said Terzarial. “The atmosphere is cool to work in because you’re with your friends and get to listen to the music while walking around.”