TERRE HAUTE – The Sixth Annual Parke County Rumble, hosted by Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute and Thirty-Six Saloon in Rockville, IN took place on Saturday, June 25. The event is held to support Parke County student scholarships and since the event’s inception, nearly $65,000 has been raised and 30 scholarships have been created.

The Parke County Rumble took participants through scenic Parke County to various stops including The Ranch, Mike Alsop Chevrolet Leadership Table at Shades State Park, Montezuma Fish & Game, and Thirty-Six Saloon.

Chancellor Lea Anne Crooks spent time greeting riders at Shades State Park, one of the stops along the motorcycle route. “During the past six years, this event has created a connection to Parke County and the students we serve,” said Crooks. “Ivy Tech Terre Haute serves six counties across West Central Indiana, and we value the partnerships that help us stay connected to this community and support Parke County students through scholarships made possible by events like this one.”

Mark Vanderheyden, the owner of Thirty-Six Saloon, states his passion behind the event, “Thirty-Six Saloon has been a gathering place for bikers and community members since we opened in 1993. This event is special to us as it allows us to continue that community bond and share in the beauty of Parke County, all while supporting education opportunities for Parke County students. We are very grateful for Ivy Tech’s commitment to our local students and our ability to aid in students’ success through this event.”

Following the ride, awards were announced, and participants and community supporters celebrated successfully raising more than $10,000 at this year’s event with live music provided by South 40 in the Hog Pit at Thirty-Six Saloon.

Award Winners:

  • Don Dodson, Earliest Entry
  • Paula McCalister, People’s Choice
  • Alex Faulos, Chancellor’s Choice

The sponsors supporting this year’s Parke County Rumble included:

  • Thirty-Six Saloon – Title Sponsor
  • Brampton Brick – Chrome Sponsor
  • Parke County Community Foundation – Full Throttle Sponsor
  • Futurex Industries, Inc. – Full Throttle Sponsor
  • Montezuma Fish & Game – Full Throttle Sponsor
  • Hartman Motorsports – Full Throttle Sponsor
  • Dodson Trucking – Bandana Sponsor
  • Rockville Rotary Club
  • The Ranch – Bike Stop Sponsor
  • Mike Alsop Chevrolet – Leadership Table Sponsor
  • Jared Martin – Farm Bureau Insurance – Twist of the Wrist Sponsor
  • AHW, LLC – Twist of the Wrist Sponsor
  • Bloomingdale Home Telephone Company – Twist of the Wrist Sponsor
  • City Welding & Fabrication – Twist of the Wrist Sponsor
  • Superior Lithoplate, Inc. – Twist of the Wrist Sponsor
  • Unlimited Green, Inc. – Twist of the Wrist Sponsor
  • Hanner Law Office – T-Shirt Sponsor
  • DLC Media, Inc. – Gift in Kind


Ivy Tech Terre Haute Foundation’s next event to support student success will take place on July 16 and will include more than 20 rounds of bingo. The winner of each round will have the opportunity to select a name-brand purse of their choosing. For more information about Ivy Tech’s Bingo Benefit presented by Prospect Bank, visit ivytech.edu/bingo.

To learn more about giving to the Ivy Tech Foundation, including the variety of ways to make an impact, email terrehaute-foundation@ivytech.edu or call (812) 298-2389.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.