Seafood Festival Day


Delve into the light and dark that is Mark
Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

Today is the annual Seafood Festival in this landlocked small town in the Cornfield. And it is going to be a scorcher with threats of thunderstorms for the outdoor activities.

Each year Hymera residents have fun, play games, enjoy seafood and listen to local area musicians. Why a small town celebrates seafood being a thousand miles from the ocean is beyond me.

All the festivity is taking place across the street from Mark’s Den. But with my respiratory issues and the fact that today is considered a High Risk day for those of us with breathing concerns, I will not be participating.

My Dad, who happens to be 80 years young, and some of his friends will be providing music at 1 p.m. today. How he keeps going and going the way he does is nothing short of amazing.

People will be traveling in from miles around to enjoy the day.

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That’s the way it is in Mark’s Den.

And how is your Saturday going?

Seafood Festival Schedule

9:00 Kids Fun Run
9:00 Vendors Open
10:00 Parade (Reach for the Stars) Parade begins at School
11:00 American Legion Memorial Program (Memorial on 48)
11:00 North Central Band and Thunderettes
12:00Lynn Ivy and Friends
12:00 Pedal Tractor Pull (Sign up at Ruritan)
1:00 Air-Evac lands by Legion
1:30 Games for All (FREE) ***
3:00 Mel Pinkston and Group
4:00 Blue Grass and More
5:00 TBA

***Contests include: Water Ballon Toss, egg toss, watermelon eating, bubble blowing, Toss-o-Rama, and More!


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I am Mark Ivy, a born and bred Hoosier. I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud; two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia. On May 9, 2017, my lung specialist hit me with the news I had maybe six months to live if the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the damage caused by the histoplasmosis described below, ran its normal course. I am now on hospice at home. Content and ready to cross over the river to the other side. On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx. The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a "dried up sponge" and non-functioning. I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals. The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years. I suffer from chronic Horton's Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems. Statistically, Horton's affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.