Watermelon Festival in Downtown Vincennes this Saturday, August 2nd

It’s that time of year again for the annaul “Watermelon Festival”!  This event is always a fun time and will kick off this Saturday morning, August 2nd with a Color Run sponsored by Old National Bank at 8am.

The activities on Patrick Henry Square will begin at 9am with a baby contest and toddler and queen contest to follow. The day full of  fun will continue with a concert, watermelon eating and seed spitting contest and our annual dog contest.

Their will be numerous vendors throughout the day and you are invited to visit one of the BBQ grill off contestants.


Next Neighborhood Watch Meetings Monday, August 4th

The Vincennes City Police Department invites all local residents to attend the monthly “Neighborhood Watch” meetings.  In an effort to reduce crime, the VPD conducts regular “Neighborhood Watch” meetings on the first Monday of each month in two different locations at two separate times. 

Residents are encouraged to attend the “Neighborhood Watch” meetings at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Jamestown Apartments.   Another opportunity to meet and express desires and concerns is during the 7:00 meeting on the same evening in the City Council Chambers of Vincennes City Hall, 201 Vigo Street. 

City Police Chief Dusty Luking describes these meetings as excellent opportunities for Vincennes residents to get together as “Neighbors” to exchange experiences and ideas for the betterment of their communities.  With your help as extra “eyes and ears”, the Police Department welcomes information and input from all community citizens.

 Chief Luking has appointed Officer Kody Waggoner as the “Vincennes Neighborhood Watch” Program Coordinator.  If you have any questions, please call the VPD Headquarters at 882-1630.

Riverfront Pavilion Rental Agreement & Instructions


Vincennes Riverfront Pavilion

Rental Agreement 

Name of event____________________________________

Date of event _________________     Arrival________ Departure________                                                                    

Contact person____________________________________

Group/organization name __________________________

Address _________________________________________

Phone number (s) _________________________________

1)  Reservations for the Vincennes Riverfront Pavilion must be made through the Mayor’s office.  Events at the Pavilion must be approved by the City Board of Works before the Mayor’s office staff will reserve the date and time.  The Board of Works meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 5 p.m. and the rental permission must be requested to be placed on the agenda by noon the Wednesday prior to the meeting.  Call 882-7285.

2) For events that are not open to the public and will last 6 hours or more (full day), there is a $200.00 rental fee with an additional $250.00 refundable damage deposit.  For events lasting less than 6 hours (1/2 day) the fee is $100.00 with a $150.00 refundable damage deposit. All checks should be made payable to the City ofVincennes.  Rental fees and damage deposits are due no less than 30 days before the event or at the time of Board of Works approval if the event is within than 30 days.

3) A Certificate of Liability Insurance, with the City of Vincennes listed as “additional insured”, with a minimum of $1 Million ($1,000,000.00) in coverage, must be presented to the Mayor’s office 30 days prior to the event for the approval of the City’s insurance carrier. 

4) The Board of Works reserves the right to refuse use of the Pavilion at their discretion.

5) All trash is the responsibility of the person or organization using the facility.  Trash must be removed from the Pavilion at the end of the event and disposed of properly.

6) Smoke effects, explosives, or pyrotechnics/fireworks are not permitted in the building.

7) Nothing may be attached to any part of the facility that would leave permanent damage such as nails or pins

8) Protected candles or oil lamps are permitted, however open fires (fire pit or chimineas) are strictly prohibited.  

9)  The garden and grounds of the Old State Bank are not included in the Pavilion rental.  To request use of those facilities, contact the State Historic Sites Office at 1-812-882-7472.

10) Any permits or licenses necessary for the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages are the responsibility of the person or group reserving the Pavilion. 

11) Inspection of the Pavilion will be done at 7:30 a.m. the day following the event.  The damage deposit will be returned provided that the Pavillion and rest rooms are left in a clean and undamaged condition. If the picnic tables are moved for the event, they must be returned to the original location by the person, group or organization that is using the Pavilion.

12) If the condition of the Pavilion is such that the damage deposit will not be returned, the renter will be notified, by letter, of the reason why such action was taken.

13)  The Pavilion is to be vacated by the stated departure time.  Please allow time for cleanup.  If departure time exceeds more than 30 minutes, the damage deposit will be forfeited.

14) If city staff is called out for assistance in any event other than a true emergency, before 7 a.m. or after 4 p.m. by any person, group or organization, a $50.00 per hour fee will be charged with a $50.00 minimum. 

15) The city stage is not available for private use and must have the Mayor’s office written permission for use in any public event.

The undersigned, either individually or as an authorized representative of a group or organization does hereby acknowledge that he/she has read the above agreement and hereby agrees to the terms of said agreement.

______________________________                            ________

Printed name                                                                    Date



Date event approved by Board of Works _______________________

City Collection Site Schedule

The Vincennes Street & Sanitation Department announces that normal operating hours for the City Collection Site on Old Terre Haute Road, behind the Women’s Softball Complex, are from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday each week.  The Collection Site is also open from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30p.m. on Saturdays, but it is closed on Sundays.   

If weather conditions allow, and the area is not too muddy, these operating hours for the City Collection Site will be observed until further notice.  Please call the Vincennes Street & Sanitation Department at 885-2520, Extension 15 or 882-7285 for further information.

Historic Vincennes’ Farmer’s Market Twice a Week in the Vincennes Riverfront Pavilion

You are invited to enjoy the Vincennes Historic Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings now through October 29th at the Riverfront Pavilion between First & Second Streets on Busseron.

Every Saturday from 8:00am until 1:00pm, the Farmer’s Market will offer freshly-picked produce from local farmers; vendors with artisan breads; fresh-cut flowers and “General Store” specialty items.

From 4:00 until 8:00 every Wednesday evening, the Farmer’s Market continues with entertainment, cooking demonstrations and much more! For more information please contact 812.882.5162.

Recycling Materials Accepted by the City Street & Sanitation Department

Listed below are the recyclable materials that are accepted & collected by the Vincennes Street & Sanitation Department.  Also listed are some materials that will NOT be accepted or collected.

White Office Paper” :  Plain white paper…computer/blue bar paper…copy paper…printer paper ***Staples & color ink may also be included.

“Mixed Office Paper”:  Color paper…file folders…junk mail/envelopes…sticky notes.  SPECIAL NOTE…Gift wrap is NOT accepted!

 “Magazines & Catalogs”:  glossy paper…newspaper…phone books.

 “Cardboard & Paperboard” :  Corrugated & paperboard.  SPECIAL NOTE…Wax-coated boxes, milk or juice cartons, styrofoam or animal food bags are NOT accepted!

  “Aluminum Cans”:  Foil & pie pans…please rinse & flatten, if possible.

 “Steel Cans”:   Steel & bi-metal cans…metal lids from jars—Please RINSE all cans & jars, but labels do NOTneed to be removed.

 “Plastics #1 through #7”:  Milk & water jugs, soda bottles, etc.—labels do NOT need to be removed.  SPECIAL NOTE…motor oil bottles are NOT accepted.

 “Glass”:   Glass is accepted…please avoid BREAKING glass.

 SPECIAL NOTE:  Do not mix trash with recycling materials