Riley Festival

Indiana's largest four day festival.

*Poetry  * Art  *Music

October 6-9, 2022

Theme:  "Little Orphant Annie"



                                                                                                                                              Festival Hours 

                                                                                                                                              October 6:                      5pm-9pm

​​                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  October 7-8:                  9am-9pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  October 9:                       11am-5pm


Little Orphant Annie                                                                                                                    

James Whitcomb Riley 1849-1916

Little Orphant Annie’s come to our house to stay,

An’ wash the cups an’ saucers up, an’ brush the crumbs away,

An’ shoo the chickens off the porch, an’ dust the hearth, an’ sweep,

An’ make the fire, an’ bake the bread, an’ earn her board-an’-keep;

An’ all us other children, when the supper things is done,

We set around the kitchen fire an’ has the mostest fun

A-list’nin’ to the witch-tales’ at Annie tells about,

An’ the Gobble-uns’ at gits you

Ef you




Onc’t they was a little boy wouldn’t say his prayers,--

So when he went to bed at night, away up stairs,

His Mammy heerd him holler, an’ his Daddy heerd him bawl,

An’ when they turn’t the kivvers down, he wasn’t there at all!

An’ they seeked him in the rafter-room, an’ cubby-hole, an’ press,

An’ seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an’ ever’wheres, I guess;

But all they ever found was thist his pants an’ roundabout—

An’ the Gobble-uns’ll git you

Ef you




An’ one time a little girl ‘ud allus laugh an’ grin,

An’ make fun of ever’one, an’ all her blood an’ kin;

An onc’t, when they was “company”, an’ ole folks was there,

She mocked ‘em an’ shocked ‘em, an’ said she didn’t care!

An’ thist as she kicked her heels, an’ turn’t to run an’ hide,

They was two great big Black Things a-standin’ by her side,

An’ they snatched her through the ceilin’ ‘fore she knowed what she’s about!

An’ the Gobble-uns’ll git you

Ef you




An’ little Orphant Annie says when the blaze is blue,

An’ the lamp-wick sputters, an’ the wind goes woo-oo!

An’ you hear the crickets quit, an’ the moon is gray,

An’ the lightnin’-bugs in dew is all squenched away,--

You better mind yer parents, an’ yer teachers fond an’ dear,

An’ churish them ‘at loves you, an’ dry the orphant’s tear,

An’ he’p the pore an’ needy ones ‘at clusters all about,

Er the Gobble-uns’ll git you

Ef you




About The Riley Festival

We invite you to come and enjoy one of the largest  craft festivals in the state of Indiana, with designated areas for food, commercial, flea market booths, and much more.  Over 460 exhibitors will be set up on the streets around the 100 year old courthouse.  Our event follows many years of traditions in celebrating the birth date of famed "Hoosier Poet" James Whitcomb Riley.  The Riley Festival begins every year on the first Thursday of October in beautiful downtown Greenfield Indiana.  Residents of Greenfield, Hancock County, and surrounding areas combine their talents and resources to honor the memory of Greenfield's native son.  Each year, one of Mr. Riley's poems is selected as the theme for that year's festival. The 2022 theme is "Little Orphant Annie".

The Greenfield Banking Company Entertainment Tent is a showcase for a wide variety of talent that runs Thursday thru Sunday during the festival.  The Parade Of Flowers, which has been taking place for well over 65 years, features Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation's elementary students marching downtown to place bouquets of flowers around Mr. Riley's Statue.  The statue was placed in front of the courthouse in 1918 and is the focal point of the Riley Festival.  Our regular parade will be on Saturday with over 75 units traveling from the high school through downtown to Riley Park.  

There are various contests you can enter, such as Photography, Home Arts & Quilt Show, and Little Miss & Mr Pageant.  All entry forms are available here on our website.  

Shuttle Service

For your convenience, shuttle buses run from the Hancock County 4-H Fairgrounds to the east entrance of the festival.  You can ride for a donation of $1.00.



Get in touch!


20 W. South Street

Greenfield, Indiana  46140


(317) 462-2141
email:   [email protected]



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