Cambridge City Main Street is moving forward with plans for three outdoor summer concerts that will be free for the public.

They will take place on the second Saturday of June, July and August and in conjunction with other events in town earlier in the day. 

The June 8 concert, “The Elton John Experience by Tommy Lee Thompson,” will be preceded by a show that draws jar collectors from around the nation. Kaitlyn Davis is the opening act. 

Local merchants are planning an artisan fair on July 13 and the Junk in the Trunk sale on Aug. 10, when area businesses or individuals can rent a space to sell new or used wares.

The July 13 concert will feature Velvet Crush after opener Scott Ross. Velvet Crush performs pop/rock hits from the 1970s to today by artists such as Backstreet Boys, Earth Wind & Fire and Bruce Springsteen. 

On Aug. 10, Bluewater Kings Band will perform after Unusual Suspects. Bluewater Kings performs current and classic country, rock, pop, Motown, funk and soul by artists ranging from Taylor Swift to Garth Brooks, Journey, Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra.  

All concerts will take place on a temporary stage behind Cambridge City’s fire station, 127 W. Maple St. Plans are in the works for a more permanent structure there, which is at the edge of Creitz Park. Those attending should bring chairs, blankets or tailgate seating for the grassy area.   

CCMS President Troy Lewis told town council at its May 13 meeting that he’s hopeful that the concerts and events being on the same day will draw more people from around the region to visit. 

Farmers market opens June 8

Cambridge City’s farmers market is moving to a new, larger and possibly more convenient location this year. Organizers hope the move will encourage more vendors and shoppers to participate. 

Cambridge City Main Street will offer the market on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from June 8 through Oct. 26. It will be in the gravel lot next to American Legion Post 169 at the corner of South Center and West Church streets. 

Organizers hope to recruit up to 30 vendors from Wayne and adjacent counties to supply fresh farm produce and value-added items. 

Vendors pay $10 per week or $150 for the season. 

For applications or more information, contact Market Manager Sidney Steele Hicks at 765-312-2762 or or Main Street President Troy Lewis at 812-327-7391 or

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A version of this article appeared in the May 22 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.