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Bad hair is in style in Columbus August 21-22


My kids go back to school this week, so I was planning to take my boys for haircuts today. That is until I found out about Columbus, Indiana’s “Bad Hair Days,” held in honor of Indiana’s humid August weather that wreaks havoc on many coiffures.

Next Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22, downtown Columbus will be abuzz with a variety of hair-raising events.

Plan to eat dinner on Friday, August 21, at one of the city’s downtown restaurants. Give yourself some time between 5:30-8:00pm to take in the artists’ exhibitions at local retailers before heading over to the YES Cinema to participate in the Hairspray karaoke event. Admission is only $2 per person, or free with a receipt from any Columbus shop or restaurant.

Saturday, August 22 offers a day full of hair-ific activities:

9:00am – 12:00pm Fair on the Square (farmer’s market, artists’ demonstrations)
12:00pm Bad Hair Contest registration, next to Viewpoint Books
12:30pm Live music begins
1:00pm Bad Hair Contest judging begins
1:30pm Golden Hairspray Awards given to the best Bad Hair

Stick around downtown Columbus, taking in the shopping, the food and the architecture (both the buildings and the hair) until Saturday evening’s “Rock the Park” concert at Mill Race Park. Featured entertainment includes opening band The Elms, followed by nationally recognized Blues Traveler. Gates open at 6:00pm. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Click here to buy tickets online.

For more details about the Columbus Bad Hair Days, click here.

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Written by : Amy moved to Indiana for college in 1988 (Go Bulldogs!) and has never left. Married with three children, she's always on the lookout for fun and affordable things to do in Indiana. Elsewhere on the web, you can find Amy at The Fourth Frog Blog and All Things Aging. Amy receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.