James Whitcomb Riley, the Indiana Poet, was born and raised in Greenfield, Indiana. It is apparent that Greenfield loves JW Riley. You see the Riley name over and over again through town.
His home is now the "James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home and available for tours -- showcasing the way the home looked when Riley was in residence. The adjecent home, the Mitchell Home, is now the James Whitcomb Riley Museum boasting a gift shop and the history of the famous Hoosier poet.
During the first, full weekend in October, Greenfield pays homage to its' favorite son with the Riley Festival. Each year, the theme based on one of Riley's poems -- for 2012 the 43rd annual festival theme is "Bear Story" and will be held October 4th - 7th.
The festival brings thousands of visitors to Greenfield to enjoy one of the largest festivals in Indiana. It features crafts, live music, festival foods, tours, parades, flea markets and so much more.
In keeping with the history of american school children sending donations to build the JW Riley statue that sits on the courthouse lawn, the festival is kicked off with Greenfield school children parading to the statue with flowers to lay at its base.