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The results from Garrettsville Summerfest’s 2014 contests have been received. Award winners are listed as follows.

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Garrettsville Idol
Youth: Olivia Sheer
Teen: Jasmine Nevarez
Adult: Jason Stachowski

Car or Cash Raffle
Grand: Mona Scapillini
Second: Mattew Molner
Third: Savannah Lorinchack
Fourth: Bob Faber

10th Annual Garrettsville Lions Club Punt, Pass & Kick Contest
1st Place 4 Year Old Female Division: Reese Angel
1st Place 6 Year Old Female Division: Avery Angel
1st Place 6 Year Old Male Division: Brendan Fashing
1st Place 7 Year Old Female Division: Jordan Enk
1st Place 8 Year Old Female Division: Addison Angel / Emily Hall / Maggie Zent (3-way tie)
1st Place 8 Year Old Male Division: Cody Enk
1st Place 9 Year Old Female Division: Anna Fashing
1st Place 9 Year Old Male Division: Josh Ripley
1st Place 10 Year Old Female Division: Emma Zent
1st Place 10 Year Old Male Division: Keaton Eberly
1st Place 11 Year Old Male Division: Shawn Barber
1st Place 12 Year Old Male Division: Garrett Eberly / Kayvon Rezaei (Tie)
1st Place 13 Year Old Male Division: Carter Zent
1st Place 14 Year Old Male Division: Sason Rezaei
1st Place 15 Year Old Male Division: Tyler Enk

Essay Contest:
Winner: Abbie Maschek

Coloring Contest:
Sadie Gallagher – Age 7
Evan Miller – Age 7
Tara Douglas – Age 7
Clara Nottingham – Age 1.5
Wyatt Nottingham – Age 6
Destiny Rousey – Age 10
Owen Bass – Age 7
Emma Bass – Age 9
Amanda Riffle – Age 8
Maggie Stout – Age 9
Caleb Stout – Age 8
Ashley Myers – Age 6

Scavenger Hunt:
Bobbie & Shannon Gallagher

Wine Making Contest:
White Grape Dry
Georg Macek (2013 Chardonnay)
White Grape Sweet
Darris Gibson (2013 Chardonnay)
Red Grape Dry
Darris Gibson (2013 Pinot Noir)
Georg Macek (2013 Cabernet Sauvignon)
Darris Gibson (2013 Cabernet Sauvignon)
Georg Macek (2013 Merlot)
George Macek (2013 Shiraz)
Red Grape Sweet
No Entries
Rose Grape
No Entries
White or Red Dry Non-Grape
No Entries
White or Red Sweet Non-Grape
Lynda Smienski (2013 Peach Riesling)
Ben Fashing (2013 Strawberry)
White or Red Sweet Dessert Wine
Best of Show – Lynda Smienski (2013 Cabernet Franc Ice Wine)

Pie Baking Contest
Fruit Pies
Iva Walker (Strawberry)
Tim Rowan (Cherry)
Mary Ellen Ensinger (Cherry)
Cream Pies
Iva Walker (Lemon Meringue)
Beki Morris (Coconut Cream)
Evalynne Harrington (Coconut Cream)
Most Original
Beki Morris (Banana Split)
Lauren Sanchez (Fluffy Caramel)
Lucas Whittenberger (Pecan Pie)

Grand Parade
Best of Show – St. Helen’s Unicycles
8th Count Dance Center
JAG Marching Band
Life Church
Ron Tamburrinno
Garrettsville United Methodist Church
TGA All Stars

Buckeye State Pedal Pull
Age 3
Karlie Cottrill
Colton Criblez
Emerson White
Mason Nevins
Alexa Slacky
Rylie
Age 4
Diamond Dyson
Landon Sitosky
Bella Phillips
Age 5
Dominick Slacky
Ava Marie Carloni
Aaron Royer
Age 6
Clayton Kerns
Leila Walton
Aiden Wargo
Age 7
Nicholas Edic
Kimberly Bowers

Age 8
Hannah Wojtaski
Emily Hall

Age 9
Ethan Carpenter
Alex Picoult
Dezaray McIe
Age 10
Austin Diesinger
Will Reese

Age 11
Brad Hill Jr.
Lorna Picoult

So You Think You Can Dance:
Outstanding Achievement in Performance –> Elijah Voshel danced to “One Voice” and dances with the 8th count dance studio

Outstanding Achievement in Choreography –> Hope Miller, Faith Miller, and Chelsea Bates danced to “Turn Down for What Mix” and dance with the 8th Count Dance studio

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design –> Riley Eisenmann danced to “Do you want to build a snowman” dances with the 8th count Dance Studio

Competition
Outstanding Achievement in Performance –> Hannah Koon danced to “Hero” and dances with Studio L

Outstanding Achievement in Choreography –> Hannah Koon, Allie Grimm, and Frankie Merkel danced to “Black Betty” they dance with Studio L

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design –> Emma Koon danced to ” Best Shot”

 

Results from the Friends of Melana 5K for Cancer Research can be found at:

http://media.wix.com/ugd/85c0ab_1065228eada644cd83dd2759de6deed6.pdf

Grand Marshal for the 2014 Summerfest parade is…  Mayor Rick Patrick. Each year, the committee selects a person who has tirelessly given back to the community, by donating their time, money and energy to see the community grow and prosper. Rick Patrick is that man.

RickPatrickRick Patrick has served this community tirelessly over the years.  He has served on the James A. Garfield Athletic Boosters, the Lion’s Club, Garrettsville Summerfest and was active in making the Bicentennial Celebration a success in 2004. He also has served 28 years on the Chamber of Commerce and served as president of that organization for nine years, and five years as the vice president. He was a Garrettsville Village council member five years and served as president of council for four years. He became mayor two years ago, when Mayor Craig Moser passed away suddenly.

Patrick said stepping into the role of mayor was hard for him. He had the utmost respect for the late Moser, who was also a dear friend and carrying on without him was going to be a challenge. Patrick rose to the challenge and with the assistance of the village solicitor he soon started to get the gist of his role as mayor. The challenges did not end there.

In the summer of 2013, the village experienced its worst flooding in over 100 years. Folks looked to Patrick for leadership once again as the village began to clean-up and moved forward. He was getting comfortable in the role of mayor when tragedy struck once again on March 22, 2014, when an entire block of Main Street was destroyed by fire. Patrick said it was one of his most challenging days. He said he was so overcome with emotion about the loss he was rendered speechless as he had to come to terms with the tragedy before he could even discuss the fire with the media. Since that time, he has continued to lead the village and is determined to see the Buckeye Block rebuilt.

Although Patrick is not  native to Garrettsville, he is pretty darn close. He was born in Akron and came to the area with his family when he was in his early teens. He is a graduate of James A. Garfield Schools and had his first job at Menough’s here in town. Because of his love for cars, he left his job at Menough’s and took a job at Patry Pontiac Buick here in town. He later went on and established his own business, Rick Patrick Auto Service and Sales. He later bought Village Motors Towing.

Patrick is not just a public servant and business owner; he is also a family man. He has been married to Linnette for nearly 29 years, they have three daughters and seven grandchildren. His three daughters and 6 of his 7 grandchildren will attend Summerfest this year.

Congratulations Rick!

 

Garrettsville - Garrettsville Summerfest is almost here and the Summerfest committee is busy tweaking everything to make sure everyone enjoys the weekend-long festival. Each year after the festival, the committee reviews the event and looks for ways to improve for the next year. New this year is a fourth prize to the car or cash raffle; a change to the Grand Parade time including a  fire truck extravaganza; the location of the rides  and  a new shuttle service has been established to offer additional ample parking.

Second Prize for the Garrettsville Summerfest 's Cash or Car Raffle will be a Husqvarna USA YT48XLS Lawn Tractor! ($2,899 Value) Stop by S&K Sales and Service to check it out!

Second Prize for the Garrettsville Summerfest ‘s Cash or Car Raffle will be a Husqvarna USA YT48XLS Lawn Tractor! ($2,899 Value) Stop by S&K Sales and Service to check it out!

This year participants in the Chamber of Commerce’s Car or Cash Raffle will have the chance to win a brand-new Chevy Equinox (courtesy Charles Auto Family) or $20,000 in cash.  The second prize is a Husqvarna YT XLS Riding Mower courtesy of S&K Sales & Service. The  third  prize is an iPad Mini with Retina Display and fourth prize is a Gas House grill.

Raffle tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100  and can be purchased at area businesses and restaurants prior to Summerfest and at the Summerfest Information Tent during the event. The drawing will be held at the close of the festival on Sunday, June 29 following Garrettsville Idol. The winner does not need to be present to win.

Though there have been no safety incidents, the Garrettsville Summerfest Committee has reviewed the concerns of parents and motorists regarding the placement of the rides and carnival games. We are pleased to announce that the Summerfest Kid’s Funland has been relocated to a larger location for 2014. Our Kid’s Funland, which features a variety of great rides, games, and food will be located near Sky Plaza IGA (sponsor of the 2014 Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pulls). Riders and parents are sure to appreciate the more spacious location, additional rides & games, and a position away from the traffic. Sky Plaza is only a short walk, or ride (via Summerfest Shuttle), from the Monster Midway & St. Ambrose Chicken Festival.

The committee has changed the start time of the Grand Parade. This year, the parade will step-off at 12:30 pm rather than noon, as it had in the past. Speaking of the parade, they have added a fire truck extravaganza to the event as a thank-you to all of the departments who helped during the fire.  The fire truck extravaganza will be at the beginning of the parade,  therefore, if your little ones love trucks this will be a must see event.

With over 25,000 people in town over Summerfest weekend, it can be a challenge to locate a parking spot close to the action.  This year we are alleviating parking headaches by working with the James A. Garfield Local School District to offer shuttle service from the Garfield High School (10233 SR 88), and Sky Plaza (8311 Windham St.) parking lots to the midway. Donations will be accepted aboard the buses to help defray the cost of drivers’ salaries with any proceeds from the shuttle service going to the #GarrettsvilleStrong Fund. The shuttle buses will run from 4pm until 11 pm on Saturday and 5pm until 11pm on Sunday.

To plan your weekend of fun be sure to check out the 2014 SummerFest Fun Guide located in this weeks Villager.

Garrettsville – Garrettsville Summerfest is celebrating it’s tenth year and they are “Rockin’ to Rebuild” the section of Main Street that burned in the March fire. The theme this year is “Rockin to Rebuild” with a portion of the proceeds from this year’s festival going to the #GarrettsvilleStrong Fund which has been put in place to assist in the rebuilding.

Last year, Summerfest added a coloring contest, an essay contest and a photo scavenger hunt. They were so popular that they are back again this year. Some of these contests have early deadlines, so do not procrastinate.

The first one is easy. Grab a pencil, pen or key board and tell us what the past 9 years of Summerfest have meant to you  — or —  how the March fire has impacted you with regards to the changes our town has and will experience. (Choose one topic)  Be creative in telling your story. We have three age categories and word counts for each group. Ten – twelve year olds will need a 50 – 100 word essay; Teens 13 years old – 18 years old will need to write a 200 word essay; Adults, 19 and older will need 300 words.

You can mail or drop-off your essay at the Weekly Villager office located in downtown Garrettsville at 8088 Main Street Garrettsville, OH. 44231. Office hours are Monday – Wednesday and Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Thursday 12-5 and Saturday 10 – 2.  The last day to enter is June 20, 2014 by 5pm. All essays should be typed. No emailed essays will be accepted and we are not responsible for essays lost or delayed in the mail.

The younger kids will not be left out. We are offering a coloring contest for the kids 10 years old and under, broken down into the following categories, Preschool, 5 & 6 year olds, 7 & 8 year olds and 9 &10 year olds. A picture will be supplied and found on the Garrettsville Summerfest website at www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com. Colored pictures will be due on June 24, 2014 at the Weekly Villager at 8088 Main Street by 5pm.

Winning essays and pictures will be displayed during the festival and prizes will be awarded on June 27, 2014, during Opening Ceremonies of Summerfest.

Back by popular demand is the photo scavenger hunt. Gather a group of two, three or four friends or do it as a family, grab a camera or camera phone and snap pictures of items on our list. This is a festival activity and there is no charge to enter it. The list will be available at the information tent in the center of town and the contest will run all weekend long until 2 pm Sunday.  Stop by the information booth and register your group or family and pick up the list. Participants do not  need to attend the festival all three days to participate; there are bonus photos on the hunt that can replace specific events.  Most pictures will require at least one member of your group in them. You do not develop the pictures. When you have found all of them, bring your phone/ camera to the information tent, show us your pictures and we will verify them. Folks will need a minimum of 25 of the required items and then they will be entered into a drawing for festival bucks and for one free car raffle ticket for your group. Festivals bucks are tickets that can be used at any food vendor (excluding the  St. Ambrose’s Chicken Festival) during the festival.

We realize that not everyone can be here all weekend long and have made alternative pictures you can take to replace the scheduled events. Taking a picture of our many sponsors booth or team member with a logo can replace a special Summerfest event. Politician pictures can also replace a scheduled event.

Winners will be drawn at 3 pm on Sunday.

 

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Pictured above (left to right) are Eric Eiermann, Ryan Everett, Mark Butto and Nick Crawford.

Garrettsville – Last year, the Street Beats drum line made their debut at Garrettsville Summerfest using boom whackers and performing as an impromptu flash mob through out the entire weekend.  After a few performances, they developed a following and folks began to ask “Who are they? When will they perform again?” This led to a sudden rise in popularity until Summerfest ended, and the group sort-of disappeared as far as the public was concerned.

The Street Beats are a drumming group that was birthed when Nick Crawford saw a similar group at in 2012 while he was on vacation. Nick organized a group of fellow percussionists and began writing music, and doing the choreography for them to practice, with the ultimate goal of performing at Summerfest.  The group held organized practices bi-weekly with many impromptu practices in between and then debuted at Garrettsville Summerfest in 2013.

The original group was comprised of James A. Garfield percussionists, Nick Crawford, Eric Eiermann, Chad Curry, and Mark Butto, however this year they added Ryan Everett when Chad’s schedule no longer permitted him to participate.

Nick was the organizer of the group and has quite a music history. Nick began to show an interest in music at a very early age. He started off playing the piano. In fifth grade, he tried out for percussion for the school band and has been drumming on everything since. Since that time, he’s played with the Notre Dame Indoor Percussion Ensemble for two years. He’s performed in numerous piano recitals. He played at NEOUCOM for a business dinner, played in the high school musicals as part of the orchestra, and for local churches as a substitute pianist. And most recently, he became a member of the Bluecoats Drum Corp.

Mark Butto has been drumming on just about any surface he can find since he was about six years old, when his older brother Nick taught him how to play and he hasn’t stopped since. One time, Mark got four paint cans and practiced playing them (like the quads) and then decided to bring the paint cans in the house and dropped the cans and paint spilt all over our dining room floor. The family got it all cleaned up but he will never live that one down! His teachers say they have to tell him to stop drumming on the desk with his pencil. Mark plays quads in the marching band, drums in the jazz band and drums for the youth band and worship team at his church (Life Church). His newest adventure is playing the snare drum for the Geauga Highlanders Pipe and Drum Band.

Eric Eiermann is the third member of the group. Eric started off playing the trumpet in the school band. In his second year of band, he switched to the drums. He currently plays the snare drum for the James A. Garfield High School Marching Pride and will be a senior next fall.

Ryan Everett is the newest member to the group and will be a senior next fall at James A. Garfield Schools. Ryan is the son of Casey and Shelley Everett and has been involved in music since he was very young. He started with the keyboards; he now plays the drums, the ukulele and bongos. His mother claims it can be a little noisy at their house as he drums on everything, using whatever he can find including pencils, silverware and such. Ryan is unsure what avenue he will take when he goes to college in 2015.

The Street Beats will once again be performing at Summerfest in flash-mob style. Come out and watch these young men as they dazzle you with their drumming talents and choreography. The guys may march to the beat of a different drum but they easily mesmerize a crowd.

Garrettsville Summerfest will begin Friday night June 27th and runs until Sunday night June 29, 2014.

 

Calling all tractor lovers, owners, or those who have access to tractors, Summerfest is looking for you! That’s right — the Summerfest Committee is looking for  tractor owners for the Seventh Annual Tractor Parade held during Garrettsville Summerfest on June 28, 2014 in Garrettsville.

tractor-parade-riderThis year’s Tractor Parade Theme is “Breast Cancer Warrior” and will have everyone seeing pink on  Saturday.  The committee is asking participants to consider decorating their tractors in pink to honor those that have fought breast cancer, those who are in the middle of the battle and those who lost their battle.  Those who have a warrior might want to add a trailer to their tractor so they can bring their warrior along in the largest tractor parade in Ohio.

The parade will be Saturday, June 28th at noon with the line-up beginning at 9am. Once again, they will have the tractor preview prior to the parade’s noon step – off at James A. Garfield High School. One will want to arrive early and take some time to mingle with other tractor enthusiast and show off their “baby.”

Registration for the tractor parade has begun and can be done at Century 21 GoldFire Real Estate at 8028 State Street in Garrettsville. Registration can also be done on-site on parade day.  Just arrive early to get registered.  Questions may be directed to Kathie Lutz (330) 687-5900. Please be aware that drivers must have a valid driver’s license to operate the field tractors on State Route 88.

This year trophies will be awarded in the following categories:

1) Oldest Tractor

2) Most Unique Tractor

3) Best Decorated tractor to the theme “Breast Cancer Warrior”

4) Best Decorated “Warrior Wagon”

This promises to be an exciting event, when tractors of all sizes and ages rumble down the streets of downtown Garrettsville in an all-inclusive tractor parade. Let’s make this the best parade ever by exceeding the record for Garrettsville, which is 220 tractors.

The Tractor Parade is sponsored by Century 21 GoldFire Real Estate

Garrettsville Summerfest is traditionally held on the fourth full weekend in June at the intersection of State Routes 82 and 88 in downtown historic Garrettsville. This year’s festival theme is “Rockin’ to Rebuild”. www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com 

 

Garrettsville - Garrettsville Summerfest is one of the biggest festivals in Portage County with contests, parades, races, with live music and entertainment all weekend long. The event will be held on June 27th-29th at the intersection of State Routes 88 & 82 in historic downtown Garrettsville.

2014_chevrolet_equinox_equinoxThe year, the theme is “Rockin’ to Rebuild.” The theme was chosen to demonstrate that even though the village suffered a great loss in the Buckeye Block Fire this past spring, they are not broken, just bent a little, and Summerfest will go on as planned.  Because Summerfest is a big part of Garrettsville and the community is also a big part of Summerfest, the committee has chosen to donate some of their proceeds to rebuild the Buckeye Block after the festival’s bills are paid.

Every year the festival committee chooses a charity to bless and this year they have chosen to donate to rebuilding the Buckeye Block. In past years, they have donated to the food bank, military families, etc.

Garrettsville Summerfest is primarily supported by the proceeds from the Car Raffle and the festival t-shirt sales. This year the car will be a nicely-equipped 2014 Chevrolet Equinox. One may choose the car or $20,000 in cash. Raffle tickets are available at area merchants and can be purchased for $20 each or 6 for $100. Second prize will be an iPad and third will be a gas grill. The drawing will be held at the close of the festival on Sunday, June 29, 2014 following Garrettsville Idol. The winner does not need to be present to win.

Garrettsville Summerfest t-Shirts will also be sold to help pay for the festival. They are expected to be on sale by, if not before Memorial Day. They can be purchased at Middlefield Bank, The Weekly Villager, Miller’s Restaurant and Skylanes Bowling.  This year there are two colors to choose from, orange and safety green. The cost will be the same as last year, $12 each with extended sizes being $15. There will be a limited amount available and once they are gone, they’re gone.

Therefore, if you have always enjoyed the festival and want to see it continue to grow and be successful, consider supporting one of the fundraising efforts.

 Garrettsville Summerfest is held on the fourth full weekend of June each year at the intersection of State Routes 82 & 88 in historic downtown Garrettsville. For more festival information visit us at www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com 

 

Garrettsville – This past Sunday, over 70 contestants competed in a closed audition, hoping to keep their dreams alive of becoming the next Garrettsville Idol. This was one of the largest competitions they have had in recent years and the judges, Danny Deakins, Wendi Brown and Jackie Rinearson were given the difficult task of selecting those who would move on to the semifinals. After some lengthy deliberations, 51 contestants’ dreams of being named the next Garrettsville Idol were still alive.

There will be two incredible shows for the semifinals on May 18th. The first show will start at 4pm and will feature the youth and teens, while the second show will start at 6 pm and will feature the adult contestants. Each contestant will perform an entire song with music accompaniment before a live audience at James A. Garfield High School’s Iva Walker Auditorium. The winners of the semifinals will advance to the finals held Sunday June 29th during Summerfest.

Advancing to the semifinals in the adult division (top photo) are Sara Apthorpe, Aimee Beelen, Bryan Bier, Tiffany Bolton, Christy Brown, Raelyn DeBevits, Tammy Doumanian, Stephanie Ewell, Ryan Hecky, Jeremy Keeney, Rachael Maddox, Russ Martin, Devin Maze, Josh Owens, Linda Perrault, Sarah Jane Ralston, Jackson Ramsey, Kristina Rossi, Ambur Scales, Selina Slaughter, and Jason Stachowski.

Advancing to the semifinals in the adult division are Sara Apthorpe, Aimee Beelen, Bryan Bier, Tiffany Bolton, Christy Brown, Raelyn DeBevits, Tammy Doumanian, Stephanie Ewell, Ryan Hecky, Jeremy Keeney, Rachael Maddox, Russ Martin, Devin Maze, Josh Owens, Linda Perrault, Sarah Jane Ralston, Jackson Ramsey, Kristina Rossi, Ambur Scales, Selina Slaughter, and Jason Stachowski.

 

Moving on in the teen division (center photo) are Molli Betters, Elisha Bly, Anna Brown, Taylor Brown, Emilie Clites, Corin Colton, Hannah Cottrell, Lexy Dall,  Jay Davenport, Jainequa Davis, Megan Duderstadt, Caitlyn Hallden, Kaylee Martin, Kaylee Maynard, Jasmine Nevaraz, Rachael Pelter, Mariela Ruschak, Kirsten Sellers, Hannah Simpson, Julie Simpson, Taylor Shuman, Kyle Stern, Haylee Tasker, Cody Tetting, and Kiley Weis.

Moving on in the teen division are Molli Betters, Elisha Bly, Anna Brown, Taylor Brown, Emilie Clites, Corin Colton, Hannah Cottrell, Lexy Dall, Jay Davenport, Jainequa Davis, Megan Duderstadt, Caitlyn Hallden, Kaylee Martin, Kaylee Maynard, Jasmine Nevaraz, Rachael Pelter, Mariela Ruschak, Kirsten Sellers, Hannah Simpson, Julie Simpson, Taylor Shuman, Kyle Stern, Haylee Tasker, Cody Tetting, and Kiley Weis.

Youth singers are Lillian Anderson, Alee Blohm, Makenzie Fink, Maria Roderick and Olivia Sheer.

Youth singers are Lillian Anderson, Alee Blohm, Makenzie Fink, Maria Roderick and Olivia Sheer.

Tickets for the semifinals are $3 for each show and are available at Sky Lanes Bowling Alley.  You can also reserve tickets and pick them up at the auditorium on the day of the performance by calling Aaron King at 330 524-2646.

 

Garrettsville Summerfest is traditionally held on the fourth full weekend of June at the intersection of State Routes 88 and 82 in downtown historic Garrettsville. For more information on the event visit the website, www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com 

 

Garrettsville Idol is brought to you by  The Middlefield Banking Company

Friends of Melana (FOM) will hold their Fourth Annual Memorial 5k and 1 mile run/walk at Garrettsville Summerfest, Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 9am. Proceeds from the event are used to fund research for kid’s cancer specifically for Gliomas. Participants are asked to register at www.stopkidscancer.org and click on events. The cost is $25 per runner and $15 for the fun run/walk.

Garrettsville – Can you sing? Do you like to be on stage performing before others? Are you available April 13th, May 18th and June 29, 2014?  If your answer is yes to all of the above, you need to consider auditioning for this years Garrettsville Idol. Garrettsville Summerfest announces the audition dates for this year’s Garrettsville Idol, the grand finale event that closes out the Summerfest Festival every year on the fourth weekend in June. Adults will compete for a $1000 cash prize awarded to the winner at the finals held during Summerfest, while the youth and teens will each compete for $500.  

Garrettsville –  SummerFest went off without a hitch, in spite of the threatening weather all weekend. Folks came prepared for the rain and kept their eyes on the sky and their hands on an umbrella. Even though the skies were threatening all weekend, it seemed like there was an invisible dome over the village, as it saw very little of the rain that the surrounding areas received.
Friday night showers slowed the set-up of the festival, but the opening ceremonies went off without a hitch and the rest of the evening remained dry. “The Boys Are Back” and “1988” were the bands to see as folks grabbed a chair, and relaxed as they kicked off their weekend in style.

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Car or Cash Raffle

Grand Prize – Mark Ellerhorst
iPad 4 – Yevette Summers
Gas House Grill – Colleen Shukys

Garrettsville Idol

Adult Idol – Kristen Zappola
Teen Idol – Jasmine Nevarez
Youth Idol – Lexi Smith

Coloring Contest

Hope Bloom
Owen Bass
Emma Bass

Essay Contest

Keldan Holm
Kylie Greenberg
Evelyn West
Rebecca Sopher

Scavenger Hunt

1st: David Quick
2nd: Debora Chinn
3rd: Stephanie Juzkew, Stephany McMiloen
&  Kimmy Wampler

Cornhole Tournaments

Competitive Division: Gary Lewis, Ron Kugel
Social Division: Marvin & Adam Byler

Hamburger Eating Contest

Scott Terhune

Pet Idol Photo Contest

Best Cat (People’s Choice) – Emily Varga
Best Cat (APL Judged) – Benjamin Coll
Best Dog (People’s Choice) – Hazel Cooper
Best Dog (APL Judged) – Michael Ebie
Best Dressed (People’s Choice) – Susan Guy
Best Dressed (APL Judged) – Mary Sasser
Best Puppy (People’s Choice) – Susan Guy
Best Puppy (APL Judged) – Susan Guy
Best Kitten (People’s Choice) – Brian Gorby
Best Kitten (APL Judged) – Brian Gorby
Best Other (People’s Choice) – Susan Guy
Best Other (APL Judged) – Shyann Kelly

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Grand Parade

Best of Show – Century 21 Goldfire Realty
Bike Parade (Boy) - Tommy Wem
Bike Parade (Girl) - Hayley Koon

Judges Participation Awards
Garrettsville UMC
In The Woods Barn & Garden Center
JAG Marching Pride
8th Count Dance Studio
Fortress of Fear
Girl Scouts of NE OH Unit 913

Tractor Parade

1) Most Decorated: Garrettsville Laundromat
2) Most Vintage: Jerry Beighley
3) Travelled the Furthest: Howard Legends (Glendale, AZ)
4) Oldest Tractor: Gary Foy
5) Biggest Horsepower: Jay Ruff
6) Largest Tractor: Bonner Farms

Wine Making Contest

Red Grape Dry: 1st: George Macek
2nd: Dave Long
Red Grape Sweet: 1st: Jim Wade
2nd: George Mendiola
Rose Sweet: 1st: Lynda Ely Smienski
2nd: Clark Redmond
White Grape Dry: 1st: Jim Wade
2nd: Clark Redmond
White Grape Sweet: 1st: Lynda Ely Smienski
2nd: Clark Redmond
Best of Show: Lynda Ely Smienski

Pie Making Contest

Fruit: 1st: Kim Park, 2nd: Beki Morris,
3rd: Lisa Sanchez
Cream: 1st: Iva Walker, 2nd: Evy Herrington,
3rd: Jeanne Tancos
Original: 1st: Leah Schultz, 2nd: Beki Morris,
3rd: Lauren Sanchez

Ice Cream Eating

Under Five: Cole Hornbeck
Age 6-8: Savannah Wolff
Age 9-11: Matthew Crawford
Age 12-14: Sason Rezaei
Age 15+ : John Creamer

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Steeplechase Canoe Race

Best Times
1st (1:03:59) – Alex Macek, Greg Macek
2nd (1:06:47) – Bret Parker, Joe Tokos
3rd (1:09:06) – Matt Hindman, Shane Andrews

Family Canoe Races

Mixed Tandem
1st – Tim Schwan, Shiloh Van Oss
2nd – Devin Karlovec, Caroline Hahn
3rd – Anthony Penna, Victoria Scott

Over & Under 16
1st – Bobby Bissler, Anthony Penna
2nd – Victoria Scott, Summer Wilde
3rd – Aubrey Carr, Taylor Crane

No Paddle
1st – Lilly Morris, Chandler Bee
2nd – Bob Penna, Anthony Bissler
3rd – Karlovecs

Triathalon Paddle
1st – Bobby Bissler, Anthony Penna
2nd – Tim Schwan, Shiloh Van Oss
3rd – Taylor Crane, Rachel Schwan

War Canoe
1st – Bobby, Austin, Anthony, Victoria, Summer
2nd – Taylor, Aubrey, Shiloh, Tim, Rachel
3rd – Caroline, Ethan, Chandler, Edie, Abbey

Women’s Tandem
1st – Aubrey Carr, Rachel Schwan
2nd – Victoria Scott, Summer Wilde
3rd – Shiloh Van Oss, Taylor Crane

Men’s Tandem
1st – Ethan Carter, Tim Schwan
2nd – Bobby Bissler, Anthony Penna
3rd – Dane & Devin Karlovec

So You Think You Can Dance

Outstanding Achievement in Performance –
Becca Lawrence & Elija Voshell (My Boyfriends Back)
Outstanding Achievement in Performance –
3volution: Matt & Jake Zupancic and Drake Joseph (Dance Mix)
Outstanding Achievement in Choreography –
Mckenna Alai (Vouge)
Outstanding Achievement in Choreography –
Emma Koon, Haylie Srbinovich and Hayley Koon
(Ay Carumba)
Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design –
Chelsea Bates & Katelyn Tuttle (Mama Mia)
Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design –
Hope Miller, Ashley Kaiser, and Emily Yarish
(Crystallize)

 

Buckeye State Pedal Pull Results

AGE 3
1st Diamond Dyson
2nd Olivia Kuchenbecker
3rd Bella Phillips
4th Mason Nevins

AGE 4
1st Maddie Pugh
2nd Laney Cales
3rd Nyla Hindel

AGE 5
1st Ridge Hindel
2nd Dorsey Williams
3rd Matthew Canfield
4th Mikey Markusie

AGE 6
1st Bryce Wagner
2nd Luke Johnston
3rd Brock Windhorst

AGE 7
1st Todd R. Dembinski Jr.
2nd Sydney Atkinsou

AGE 8
1st Ethan G. Carpenter
2nd Logan Vanderhoeven
3rd Stefan Windhorst Jr.

AGE 9
1st Taydon Huth
2nd Lenny Veccia
3rd Trent Shutty

AGE 10
1st Luke Shutty
2nd Ty Johnston

AGE 11
1st Ty Huth
2nd Trey Huth
3rd John Hornyak

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Lion’s Club Rubber Duck Race

Saturday (June 29, 2013)
1st Duck # 89 – $150 to Kimberly and Sarah Creamer.
2nd Duck # 3 – $75 to Lee Evitts.
3rd Duck # 158 – $50 to Tammi Peters.

Sunday (June 30, 2013)
1st Duck # 292 – $150 to Paul Etzler.
2nd Duck # 256 – $75 to Chuck Klamer.
3rd Duck # 122 – $50 to Darlene Hoffman.

Special Thanks to: Zach Gorby, Zach Hoffmann, Josh Lawrence, Summer Stevens, Andrew Morrissey, Joe Golgosky, John Lininger and Mason Mayoros for catching/collecting the ducks at the end of the races.

Lions Club 9th Annual- Punt, Pass & Kick Contest

1st Place Winners
5 Year Old Male Division: Brendan Fashing
6 Year Old Male Division: Brandyn Bogucki
7 Year Old Male Division: Eric Geddes
8 Year Old Male Division: Noah Eggert
9 Year Old Female Division: Brianna Leigh Cunningham
10 Year Old Male Division: Shawn Barber
10 Year Old Female Division: Lilly Johns
11 Year Old Male Division: Carter Zent / Kayvon Rezaei (Tie)
12 Year Old Female Division: Lyndsey Johns
12 Year Old Male Division: Joe Golgosky
13 Year Old Male Division: Sason Rezaei
14 Year Old Male Division: Zach Gorby

Thanks to Garrettsville-Freedom-Nelson Joint Fire District for the use of the facility, tables and chairs, to the Garrettsville Hardware for the paint (for the yardage lines), and the Garrettsville Lions Club for the trophies. Special Thanks to Volunteers: Travis Gorby, Zach Hoffmann, and Cristine Gorby for helping out at the event.

Friends of Melana 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk to benefit Childhood Glioma Cancer Research

Records: Men – Jake Dialesandro 16:22 (2012)
Records: Women – Elizabeth Harper 22:07 (2011)

Female Overall Results
1 – Bridget Franek
2 – Sammi Vaughan
3 – Melodie Sams

Male Overall Results
1 – Josh Franek
2 – Travis Levan
3 – Jacob Franek

Female Age Group 1 – 12
1 – Theresa Paroff
2 – Amber Morris
3 – Olivia Brann

Male Age Group 1 – 12
1 – Drew Ferrari
2 – Aaron Morris
3 – Jayden Julian

Female Age Group 13 – 19
1 – Evie Head
2 – Miranda Hughes
3 – Caroline Hahn

Male Age Group 13 – 19
1 – Aaron Cline
2 – Jacob Klock
3 – Craig Anderson

Female Age Group 20-29
1 – Kelsey Kimmel
2 – Amy Green
3 – Nikki Rose

Male Age Group 20-29
1 – Dennis Kirimi
2 – Zachary Gillespie
3 – Aaron Laning

Female Age Group 30 – 39
1 – Jennifer Samardak
2 – Stacie Oliver
3 – Jocelyn Geib

Male Age Group 30-39
1 – Kyle Paul
2 – Joshua Barry
3 – Todd Collett

Female Age Group 40-49
1 – Rosalie Franek
2 – Tracy Finn
3 – Bonnie Alcei

Male Age Group 40-49
1 – Matt Hanks
2 – Jim Chaney
3 – Richard Clary

Female Age Group 50-59
1 – Becky Torok
2 – Diane Wilthew
3 – Rebecca Foldi

Male Age Group 50-59
1 – Ronald Demyan
2 – Bryan Short
3 – Dan Johnson

Female Age Group 60-99
1 – Marge Hayden
2 – Diane Bush

Male Age Group 60-99
1 – Earl Kissell
2 – Mark Warner
3 – John Plough

Would you like to run a race with an Olympic athlete? Now is your chance!  Mantua Native Bridget Franek, a member of the United States 2012 Olympic Team will join in the fun and run in the Melana Memorial 5K/1 mile Walk/ Run Race at SummerFest this year on June 20, 2013.  Franek, a member of 2012 London Olympics Women’s Steeplechase runner will return to Portage County to run the 5K race at Summerfest helping the group kick kids cancer. Franek participated in the women’s Steeplechase in London and although she did not reach the podium, she represented our county well.

If you would like to join Franek in  the Third Annual Memorial 5k and 1 mile run/walk at Garrettsville SummerFest, on Sunday June 30, 2013 at 9am, all you need to do is register at www.Summerfest5k.eventbrite.com. The cost is $25 per runner and $10 for the fun run/walk. Folks can get additional individual sponsors by downloading a sponsor form from Eventbrite and asking friends for pledges. All individual sponsors’ monies are due on June 30, 2013. Those who raise $50 in pledges may request to have their registration fee refunded by Eventbrite.

Although pre-registration at Eventbrite is preferred, one may also register the day of the event at the race. T-shirts will be guaranteed for the first 200 that register prior to June 15, 2013.

So, what are you waiting for? Come kick cancer and get a once-in-a-life time chance to run with an Olympian at Garrettsville SummerFest.

 

Dubbed  a race for the toughest of tough, the Steeplechase Canoe Race is not for the weak or faint at heart. It is a paddle-and-drag type race that will require not only canoe skills, but strength and endurance as well. One will be required to navigate the mighty Silver Creek through brush, briars, beaver dams, and natural bridges.  It is a race that will challenge your body, mind and grit. That being said, are you tough enough for the challenge? 

Each year, the Summerfest Committee looks for a community member who serves tirelessly in the community, who has sacrificed time, energy and yes, even money to see Garrettsville grow and attract visitors.   This year, the Garrettsville Summerfest Committee has chosen Barb Bejger to be Summerfest’s 2013 Grand Marshal, honoring her for all she has done for the village.

This year SummerFest is all about the family, so with that theme we have added some new contests that relate to families.

The first one is easy but has an early deadline, so don’t procrastinate. Grab a pencil, pen or keyboard and tell us what family means to you. In today’s society, families come in all shapes, kinds and sizes including, but not limited to, traditional, single parent, blended families and even dysfunctional ones. Tell us what family means to you. Maybe your bloodline family is gone or severed and you have adopted a new family like a civic group, your ball team, etc. tell us how they became your family. Be creative in telling your story. We have three age categories and word counts for each group. Ten – twelve year  olds will need a 50–100-word essay about what family means to them, teens, 13 years old to 18 years old will need 200 words, and adults, 19 years and older, will need a 300-word essay. Essays can be mailed or dropped off at the Weekly Villager at 8454 Windham Street Garrettsville, OH. 44231 and the last day to enter them is June 18, 2013 by 4pm. All essays should be printed. No e-mailed essays will be accepted and we are not responsible for essays lost or delayed in the mail.  Winning essays will be displayed during the festival and prizes will be awarded on June 28, 2013, during Opening Ceremonies of SummerFest.

Sunday, May 19th the Garrettsville Idol contestant field was whittled down by half in a tight, talented competition from 45 contestants to 22 vying to become the next Garrettsville Idol. The judges had a very tough job deciding who would earn the honor of performing at this year’s SummerFest. This year, they had one of the most talented group of singers that they had seen in a long time making the decision a difficult one.  In the end, the field was narrowed to twenty-two finalist vying to become Garrettsville Idol. They will perform on the stage at Garrettsville SummerFest on June 30, 2013. Those who will compete to be the next Garrettsville Idol at SummerFest are pictured.

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Adults- Jason Stachowski, Jarah Lather, Kristen Blankenship, Kristen Zappola, Sara Apthorpe, Raelynn DeBevitts, Leah Ifft, David King, Jennifer Bongiovani, Josh Evans, Cullen Davis and Russ Martin.

Adults- Jason Stachowski, Jarah Lather, Kristen Blankenship, Kristen Zappola, Sara Apthorpe, Raelynn DeBevitts, Leah Ifft, David King, Jennifer Bongiovani, Josh Evans, Cullen Davis and Russ Martin.

Teens- Sarah Hodson, Mariela Ruschak, Allyssa Swan, Hannah McGhee (not pictured) , Emilee Clites, and Jasmine Nevarez..

Teens- Sarah Hodson, Mariela Ruschak, Allyssa Swan, Hannah McGhee (not pictured) , Emilee Clites, and Jasmine Nevarez.

 

Youth Division- Kiley Weiss, Kirsten Sellers, Olivia Brann and Lexi Smith.

Youth Division- Kiley Weiss, Kirsten Sellers, Olivia Brann and Lexi Smith.

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This year’s Summerfest will be held on June 28th-30th.  The primary sponsors are Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce, Kepich Ford/ Main Street Grille and Brewing Company, University Hospital Geauga Medical Center, Charles Auto Family and the Weekly Villager. SummerFest is traditionally held the fourth full weekend in June at the intersections of State Route 82 and State Route 88 in downtown Garrettsville www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com

 

Garrettsville -  This year, there are forty-four contestants who will compete this Sunday, May 19, 2013 in the semi-final round of Garrettsville Idol at James A. Garfield High School’s Iva Walker Auditorium. There will be four judges determining who will have the opportunity to sing on the stage at Summerfest this year and win cash prizes. 

Last year, Garrettsville SummerFest raffled off a truck for the first time and it was one of the most successful raffles they have ever had, so with the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” motto the committee decided to offer a 2013 Ford F-150 truck this year as well. Only this year, it is a red truck rather than a black one. Once again, one can choose between the truck and $20,000 in cash. The vehicle is being provided by Garrettsville’s own Kepich Ford. Tickets for the truck are on sale now at area businesses. They are $20 each or six for $100. All proceeds support SummerFest. This year they will also offer two additional prizes and iPad lll for second place, and a gas grill for third.

Friends of Melana (FOM) will hold their Third Annual Memorial 5k and 1 mile run/walk at Garrettsville SummerFest, Sunday June 30, 2013 at 9am. Participants are asked to register at www.Summerfest5k.eventbrite.com. The cost is $25 per runner and $10 for the fun run/walk. Folks can get additional individual sponsors by downloading a sponsor form from eventbrite and asking friends for pledges. All individual sponsors’ monies are due on June 30, 2013. Those who raise $50 in pledges may request to have their registration fee refunded by eventbrite. 

Garrettsville – It is January and it is hard to believe the Garrettsville SummerFest Committee is already hard at work looking for ways to improve the largest summer celebration in Portage County, Ohio. This three-day event is jam-packed with live entertainment and music in addition to rides, games, contests, car show, fireworks and more. This year on June 28-30, 2013 we will celebrate nine years of great, outdoor fun over a period of three days. 

Garrettsville – Sky Plaza IGA held an Open House last Friday night that featured their Seafood Road Show, food samples, displays in each department, Santa Claus, and Marine  Mike Rowe who brought his holiday letters to a service member project. The event began at 4 pm and ran until 8pm and was an opportunity for the public to see what their “Hometown Proud” IGA Store had to offer them for the holidays and everyday. Owners Rich and Darlene Hoffman were on hand to welcome the community and answer any questions they might have about the store.

Garrettsville SummerFest lived up to all that it was billed to be and more this past weekend as the festival committee put on a smashing event. The weekend kicked off Friday night with record-breaking crowds, as the opening ceremonies paid homage to our Armed Forces. Representatives from the Air Force, Army National Guard and Army were on hand to greet the crowd. SummerFest honored Col. Michael Chinn for being one of Garrettsville’s highest ranking service members. Chinn was awarded a plaque for his achievement and service.  James A. Garfield’s Marching Pride also paid homage to the troops by playing a medley of patriotic songs and the theme songs of  each military branch. The band was awesome as usual.  Col. Ed Meade from Camp Ravenna and Air Force representative Randi Baum unfurled the “Thank You for your Service Banner” as the weekend festivities began.