|Marbletown Festival theme: ‘To those who served’|
|Monday, March 25, 2013 1:13 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
DELPHOS — Military, police, fire and EMS will be recognized during the annual Marbletown Festival Aug. 9 and 10. This year’s theme is “To those who served.”
The goal for proceeds this year is to erect a flag pole in Garfield Park. A dedication ceremony will also be planned.
The community is invited to participate in creating T-shirts. Artists can submit their ideas to the committee by April 15. A design will be decided on at the April 18 meeting. T-shirts are white with red and blue ink.
A quilt is nearly completed and will be raffled at the event. The board contains the Star of Ohio and inside is a bag with marbles spilling out. The Shooter Marble says Marbletown 2013 and other marbles have pictures of items representing the neighborhood.
The celebration kicks off with the Kid’s Cake Decorating Challenge at 5 p.m. Friday. Each child will be provided a 4-inch round cake, icing and decorations. Ribbons will be awarded.
The location of the cake bake-off will be announced at a later date.
The mayor of Marbletown will be sworn in by outgoing Mayor John Diltz. Longtime Marbletown resident Bev Cross-McNeal has thrown her hat in the ring. Candidates raise money with each $1 representing a vote.
The new mayor will then preside over the fourth annual Little Miss Marbletown Pageant and ride in the parade at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Pageant registration is from 7-7:30 p.m. with the event at 7:30 p.m. Contestants ages 4-9 will compete in talent and a question-and-answer session. The 2013 Little Miss Marbletown will preside over the children’s games at 10 a.m. on Saturday and ride in the parade.
The locations of the pageant will be announced at a later date.
Saturday’s events start with the Run for the Marbles 5K Run/Walk registration at 7 a.m. and the race at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $15 pre-registration, which includes a T-shirt; $12 pre-registered with no T-shirt; $18 the day of the race with a T-shirt (while supplies last); and $15 day of the race with no T-shirt. Age groups are: male and female 14-under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-over. Awards will be given to the overall winner and top three males and females overall and the top male and female in each age group.
Children’s games start at 10 a.m. and the frog-jumping contest is at 11:30 a.m. at Garfield Park. An inflatable bounce house will return to Garfield Park. The house will open at 10 a.m. Saturday and the cost will be $1 per turn.
Jamey Wisher will be on hand with his crew all day to give fire truck rides for $1.
Food booths open at 11 a.m. at Garfield Park. The Kiwanis are joining in this year and will have hand-cut french fries, brats and kraut and hamburgers. Other food items will include Marbletown Steak, corn dogs and frozen novelties.
“Magic by Jordan” will be offered in the shelterhouse in the afternoon after the parade.
Returning by popular demand this year is the Golf Cart/Lawnmower Poker Run. Under the direction of Susie Teman, registration is in the Grothouse Plumbing and Heating parking lot at the end of South Main Street. The first cart/mower leaves at 4 p.m. with the last one in by 5:30 p.m. Stops include the Ulm’s Inc. parking lot, Harold’s Bar, Moe’s Dugout, St. John’s Annex and back to the parking lot on South Main Street.
The cost is $10 per person. Riders will get a stamp at each stop and will collect playing cards to comprise a poker hand at the final destination.
New this year is a 3-on-3 basketball tournament set for some time on Saturday.
If anyone has a dunk tank the committee could borrow, please call 419-695-0015, ext. 134.