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Friday, August 02, 2013 12:04 AM


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MARBLETOWN — Military, police, fire and EMS, past and present, will be recognized during the annual Marbletown Festival Aug. 9 and 10. This year’s theme is “To those who serve.”

Pictures of Marbletowners ‘in uniform” can be given to Lex Martin, 504 Clime St., for use in a special display. Submit copies if possible.

Marbletown residents are encouraged to display patriotic decorations for the weekend.

The goal for proceeds this year was to erect a flag pole in Garfield Park. The pole was installed last week and a flag presentation ceremony will be performed by the Delphos VFW Post 3035 at 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at the park following the Marbletown Festival Parade.

A memorial tree will also be dedicated to Marbletown Festival Committee member Roger Crowe, who passed away in May 2012.

The community was invited to participate in creating T-shirts for this year’s festival. Emily Ditto’s submission was chosen and her artwork was used. T-shirts will be available on Saturday.

Past year’s shirts are also available in limited sizes as well as can coozies.

The festival quilt has been on display in local banks and will be raffled at the event. The boarder 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 at Wesleyan Church. Each child will be provided a 4-inch round cake, icing and decorations. Ribbons will be awarded.

The mayor of Marbletown will be sworn in by outgoing Mayor John Diltz and Delphos Mayor Michael Gallmeier at 5 p.m. on Friday. Longtime Marbletown resident Bev Cross-McNeal and Paula Rodriguez collected votes with Cross-McNeal turning in 1,250 votes to Rodriguez’s 250. Candidates raised money with each $1 representing a vote. Cross-McNeal will ride in the parade at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Corn hole has been moved to Friday at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person with teams chosen by draw for the double-elimination games.

The top two teams will be awarded money according to entry fees received. Random door-prize drawings will also be held throughout the event. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Call Jon Diltz at 419-234-5083.

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 $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.

A Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m.

Children’s games start at 10 a.m. and the frog-jumping contest at 11:30 a.m. at Garfield Park. Kangaroo Cave inflatables will be available beginning at 11 a.m. with $5 all-day wristbands. Jamey Wisher will be on hand with his crew all day to give fire truck rides for $1 and a free-throw contest will he held during the children’s games.

Food booths open at 11 a.m. at Garfield Park. The Kiwanis will have hand-cut french fries, onion rings, brats and kraut. Other food items will include Marbletown Steak, corn dogs and homemade sweets.

Line-up for the parade is at 12:30 p.m. at South Main and Clime streets with the procession stepping off at 1 p.m.

New to Saturday’s events is a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at 2 p.m. at the park. The event is a double-elimination.

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. Registration is at 2 p.m. The first cart/mower leaves at 3 p.m., with the last one in by 4:30 p.m. Stops include the Ulm’s Inc. parking lot, Harold’s Bar, Moe’s Dugout and St. John’s Annex. Additional stops have been added this year and will be announced at the event.

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.

The raffle drawings for the quilt and two children’s bicycles will be held at 5 p.m. The 50-50 drawing will be held at 9 p.m.


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