The population in Dugger more than tripled this weekend as close to three thousand come out for the Dugger Coal Festival.

The festival is a celebration of the town’s rich coal mining history. In the early 1800s the Irish and Scottish settled in the area starting the coal mining tradition.

Carnival rides traveled all the way from Cincinnati Ohio for visitors. The festival celebrates Dugger’s homecoming football game tonight with several bands performing throughout the day.

“We also have a tram that is available to take you up to our Coal Museum which has quite a few items from past families, they have gifts to buy, little figurines made out of coal, very inexpensive. So I hope you come down and joins us here in Dugger Indiana today,” volunteer Debbie Heaton said.

 This is the 25th year for the festival. Organizers say the Dugger Fire Department, EMT’s and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department do a lot to help.

You can catch carnival rides all day tomorrow at the Dugger Coal Festival at Town Park.