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Sunday, June 22, 2014 8:07 PM


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SPENCERVILLE — The Village of Spencerville is gearing up for its 36th annual Summerfest, which is set to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday and runs through late afternoon Sunday.

Committee Chairperson Ida Kay Keller said Summerfest is good family fun and planned around families.

“It’s a no- to low-cost event the whole family can enjoy,” she explained. “Our biggest attraction is the fireworks and parade.”

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Community Garage Sales will begin at 9 a.m. and remain open all day long. Maps for the sales are available at the Spencerville EMS Building located at 111 S. Pearl St.

Carnival rides will be up and running Thursday and Friday from 5 -10 p.m. and Saturday from noon - midnight.

Registration for the FFA Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and race time is 6 p.m. in the Huntington Bank parking lot. Age classes range from 0-2 years, 3-4 years, 5-6 years and 7-8 years.

On Friday, the Shopping on the Square Vendor/Craft Show, located at the Village Park at Pearl and Second streets, begins at 4 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. with Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Event Coordinator Gina Fox said they will have 30 vendors who will sell jewelry, candles, spa products, health and beauty aids, handbags and many other items.

“Something new this year is Swag Bags,” she explained. “We are giving them out to the first 100 people who come through the event. Each Swag Bag is filled with coupons from vendors and other goodies.”

Fox said half of the proceeds will be donated to a family in Elida who has a child with Osteogenisis Imperfecta, a disease which makes bones brittle, to help with her medical care.

Starting at 11 a.m. Friday, Chuffer’s Drive-Thru, located at 13305 Spencerville Road, will sell their chicken or pork chop dinners and The Eastern Stars Food Stand, located at 101 N. Broadway St. on the Square, will sell brats, hot dogs, homemade pies and more from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Saturday. In addition, the Fire Department Food Stand at the Fire Hall will open at 5 p.m. Friday with hours on Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m.

Games and Food booths for all ages will be open from 5-12 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday.

The Adult Beverage Tent will be open from 6-12 p.m. Friday with live music by Hipnotix from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. On Saturday the tent will be open noon to midnight, with live music from 8-9 p.m. by the Minor Blues and from 9 p.m. to midnight by the Dave Lyles Band.

On Saturday, the 36th annual Spencerville Subway/Shell 4 Mile Run at the Spencer Township Park on Wisher Drive will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration at 7:30 a.m. The one-mile Fun Run starts at 9 a.m.

Race Director Brian McMichael explained that registration for the 4 Mile Run on race day is $18 with a shirt (if available) and $15 with no shirt and $1 for 1 Mile Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. and includes ribbon and refreshments.

Trophies and gift certificates will be awarded to the first three male and first three female finishers, as well as to the first three finishers in each age group. Age groups include male and female ages 0-14, 15-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69 and 70 and older.

In addition, awards will be given to the first male and female finishers from Spencerville who must be a student, resident, or alumni.

“There will be a door prize drawing for all 4 Mile Run entrants, who must be present, held before awards,” McMichael said. “Walkers are welcome.”

The Co-Ed Softball tournament will begin at 9 a.m. and the entry fee is $125. Register by calling 567-204-7044.

All day Saturday is the Cruisers Car Club Show with cars, antique tractors and motorcycles on display on South Broadway Street. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the registration fee is $10 with awards given out at 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Cruisers Car Club. For car show information contact Jim at 419-647-6180.

Chief Darin Cook said the festival draws a lot of outside participation and is a good parade for politicians.

“We draw a crowd of over 5,000 people on Saturday night for the fireworks,” Cook said.

The parade will line up at 5:30 p.m. at Spencerville Schools, located at 600 School Street, and begins at 6:30 p.m. Enter from Wisher Drive to School Street to the sign-in tent. Keller said the parade route is Fourth Street to Main Street to Second Street to Broadway.

Following the parade, everyone is welcome to get ready for a spectacular fireworks display by bringing a lawn chair, purchasing items from the concession stand and enjoying the music of the band Sojourn Steel from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. and parking will be available in the Spencerville School District’s Administration Building or at the Spencerville Schools’ parking lot located at 2500 Wisher Dr.

“The fireworks will go off rain or shine,” Keller said. “In case of a major storm and/or lightning, the fireworks will be rescheduled for Sunday night.”

Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m., the annual Duck Races will be held at the Spencerville Pool, located at 501 1/2 North Broadway St. The cost per ticket is a $5 donation; tickets are available at the Canal Pharmacy until noon on Saturday. The first-place winner receives $300; second place, $150; and third place, $50.

Proceeds from the event are used to fund the event.

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