|Wiffle Capital of Ohio back in session|
|Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:18 AM|
BY LINDSAY MCCOY
WREN - After a year of preparation, the Village of Wren is eager to host the annual Wren Homecoming Days celebration and the 22nd annual Wren Days Wiffleball Tournament today, Friday, and Saturday.
Team sign-up on Aug. 1 resulted in the registration of 15 teams for the annual tournament as well as the 2012 tournament returning champions, MKS Siding. This large and spectacular event has led to the small and relatively unknown town of Wren claiming the title of the Wiffleball Capital of Ohio.
Events at Moser Memorial Park on Jackson St., Wren Ball Park and Wrenway Park will begin today with the opening of the food stand at 5 p.m., which will remain open until 9 p.m. A worship night with music will begin at 7 p.m. with the kick-off of a new event, the Junior Wiffleball Tournament, at the Wren Ballpark.
The food stand will reopen at 5 p.m. Friday and will be joined with the opening of the Beverage Garden located downtown. Opening ceremonies for the wiffleball tournament will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the tournament officially beginning at 6 p.m. This year’s first pitch will be thrown by Wren resident Sue Huffman.
Friday’s tournament lineup includes Yoder Trucking and Putman Stables at 6 p.m, Chatt Bar and The Gators at 6:50 p.m., Bill Miller Auto Sales and Shotzys at 7:40 p.m. and Moews Seedcorn and Slusher’s Jewelry at 8:30 p.m. The junior wiffleball tournament will resume at 5 p.m. at the Wren Ballpark and is expected to conclude at 11 p.m.
Lawn mower drag racing at the ballpark will be held at 6 p.m. with the Cruise-In filling the ballpark from 6:30-9:30 p.m. A reverse raffle will begin at 6:45 p.m. and the Wiffleball Princess Pageant will search for new royalty at 7 p.m. at Moser Memorial Park. Winners will be recognized again at 11:50 a.m. Saturday.
The annual home-run derby will begin at 9:40 p.m. following the conclusion of the night’s tournament games. Live music will follow with the band Las Vegas, which will conclude the same time as the Beverage Garden closes at 11 p.m.
Saturday’s events will kick off bright and early with the Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at 7 a.m. at the Fire Station located across from the Wrenway Park. The breakfast will last until 11 a.m. More food will be on its way at 8 a.m. with the beginning of the Rib Cook-Off. Winners of this competition will be announced at the park at noon and rib sale will begin at 12:30 p.m.
The tournament will resume at 8:30 a.m. with the 2012 champions MKS Siding and the Van Crest Vultures. This game will be followed by Lee Kinstle’s Bunnies and the Whiffers at 9:20 a.m., Clean 13 and Greve Chrysler at 10:10 a.m. and VIP and ACC Lawn Care at 11 a.m.
Entertainment for the younger generation of event-goers will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with kid’s games and a dunk tank. The food stand will reopen at 11 a.m. Registration for basket bingo and raffle will begin at 11:15 a.m. with Dresden-Made Basket and Coach Purse Bingo and Raffle beginning at noon.
Judging and line-up for the annual Wren Homecoming Days Parade will begin at 2 p.m., and the food stand will be closing at 3:30 p.m. during the parade. The parade will begin at 4 p.m. with the food stand reopening shortly after at 4:45 p.m.
Entertainment with Brett Cooper as an Elvis impersonator will be held at Wrenway at 5 p.m. Raffle tickets will be auctioned at 5:20 p.m. and the Homecoming Queen Contest and prize drawing at 6 p.m. Wren Ballpark Association awards will be given out at 6:15 p.m. at the Pavilion.
Wiffleball Home-run Derby finals will begin at 8:15 p.m. and pre-championship activities for the championship game will begin at 9:15 p.m.
The much-acclaimed and adrenaline-filled championship game will begin at 9:30 p.m. The Beer Tent will close at the conclusion of the games at 11 p.m. with the ending of the 2013 events.