|Spencerville gearing up for 2013 Summerfest|
|Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:00 AM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
SPENCERVILLE—The Village of Spencerville is gearing up for three days of family-friendly activities and good food during the 2013 Summerfest. Events begin today and run through Saturday night.
Summerfest Coordinator Ida Kay Keller and her small 10-person committee — firefighters and car club members — have been working diligently since the end of last year’s festival to organize this year’s events.
New this year is the Shopping on the Square Vendor/Craft Show, which will be held at the Village Park at Pearl and Second streets from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Event Chair Gina Fox said that normally the event, which is a fundraiser, is held in May. This year, the Summerfest Committee and she decided to hold it during the festival.
“We are separate from the festival,” Fox said. “We donate our proceeds to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), which will be dispersed between different families in Ohio.”
Fox said there are close to 34 vendors taking part in Shopping on the Square selling clothing, rhinestone- decorated headbands and T-shirts, purses, candles, skin care products and hand-made woodwork crafts. The Girls Scouts will be on hand selling baked goods and there will be a 50/50 prize raffle drawing with the prizes donated by vendors.
“Many of the same fun events — community garage sales, carnival rides, car show, parade and fireworks — will take place this year,” Keller said.
At 6 p.m. today, there will be a Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull in the Huntington Bank parking lot and a Corn Hole Tournament with registration at the adult beverage tent.
On Friday, there will be a wide variety of food stands open and offering pork chop dinners, hot dogs, brats and homemade pies, fun game booths and carnival activities. Minor Blues will sing live from 6-8 p.m. and Hypnotix will take the stage from 8-11 p.m. In addition, there will be a Garden Tractor Pull at the Fire Department at 7 p.m. with registration for the event at 6 p.m.
Saturday’s events include the Spencerville Subway and Shell 4 Mile Run, starting at 9 a.m., and a Fun Run, beginning at 8:30 a.m., with registration taking place at 7:30 a.m. at Spencer Twp. Park on Wisher Drive. Registration for the 4 Mile Run is $15 with shirt, $10 no shirt and $1 for the Fun Run race. Trophies and gift certificates will be given to the first three finishers in each age group and the first male and female finishers from Spencerville.
Also on Saturday, the Co-Ed Softball Tournament will begin at 9 a.m. and the Cruisers Car Show with antique tractors, motorcycles and collector cars will start at 10 a.m. The parade line-up will start at 5:30 p.m. at the high school parking lot with step-off at 6:30 p.m. Keller said fireworks will start at 10 p.m. and if it rains, the fireworks will be set off after the inclement weather passes.
Tickets are still on sale at Canal Pharmacy for $5 for the Duck Races at the Spencerville Pool on Sunday at 3 p.m. The winner of first place will receive $300, second place $150 and third place $50.