About Riley Festival
The Riley Festival invites you to enjoy one of the largest craft festivals in the state of Indiana, with designated areas for food, commercial and flea market booths and much more. The event follows years of traditions in the celebration of the birth date of James Whitcomb Riley, the “Hoosier Poet.” It begins every year on the first Thursday of October. Residents of Greenfield, Hancock County and the surrounding area join talent and resources annually to honor the memory of Greenfield’s noted native son.
The Greenfield Banking Company Entertainment Tent, is a showcase for a wide variety of talent that runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Parade of Flowers features Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation’s elementary students marching downtown to place bouquets of flowers around Mr. Riley’s statue. The Parade of Flowers is well over sixty-five years old.
Each year one of Mr. Riley’s poems is selected as the theme for the Festival. The theme for this year is “After the Frost”. The Ameriana Bank Parade will feature 75 units marching from the high school through downtown to Riley Park. Over 460 exhibitors will be set up on the streets.