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Summerfest Fun Is Right Around The Corner


Garrettsville – Summer is here at last and everyone has started making their vacation plans and other things they want to accomplish over the summer commonly known as a summer bucket list. What will be on your bucket list this summer?  One event everyone should have on their list is Garrettsville SummerFest held June 24-26, 2011 in beautiful downtown Garrettsville.

The event is three days of jam-packed activities, including live entertainment, parades, canoe races, contests, carnival rides, games, fireworks, Garrettsville Idol and even a wedding.   This year’s theme is “The Biggest Game in Town” will have a ‘Vegas flair and promises not to be a gamble.

The headlining bands are Mr. Speed, a KISS tribute band and Thunderstruck, an AD/DC tribute band. The KISS tribute band will take the stage at 9 pm Friday and rock the night away. Mr. Speed promises all KISS fans that they will not be disappointed. The band has 16 years experience delivering exactly what KISS fans expect, a fantastic show with all the favorite songs. One can expect to see costumes from the late 70’s era along with lights and everything else you may remember about the band. If you’re a KISS fan mark you calendar for June 24, 2011 and come out to SummerFest and hear this fantastic band.

The other headliner act for the festival is Thunderstruck, an AC/DC tribute band. Thunderstruck will perform on Saturday night featuring all your favorite songs that the original group played. The band is very accurate in reproducing the sights and sounds of one of the greatest rock bands, AC/DC. Lead guitar player Ricky “Young Angus” Miller is the star of the show, a great Angus Young impersonator, his energy and electrifying fingers on his guitar are incredible. Once you see Thunderstruck you’ll agree they can’t be beat. They will be on stage on Saturday starting at 8:45 p.m.

Three parades roll through town over the weekend. The event features a parade of canoes on Friday Ohio’s largest tractor parade on Saturday and a grand parade on Sunday. All will be a sight to behold. Speaking of canoes, one can watch or paddle in a variety of canoe races held throughout the weekend. Canoes and life jackets will be furnished.

Those of you, who enjoy contests, consider getting involved by baking a pie, eating a hamburger/ ice cream cone or even snapping a picture of your favorite pet. The pie baking and eating contests are on Saturday. The Pet Idol photo must be submitted to the committee by Thursday June 23, 2011. Entries can be dropped off at Middlefield Bank at 8058 State Street Garrettsville. Some of these contests award cash prizes to the winners. Go to www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com for more information on prizes, deadlines and rule for the events.

Everyone is cordially invited to the wedding of Jennifer Brown and Harry L. Cales Jr. on Saturday at 3pm. Come and watch Jennifer walk down Main Street to the SummerFest stage and exchange vows with her true love, Harry on stage during SummerFest. A first time event that is sure to be a hit.

Garrettsville Idol is the featured entertainment event on Sunday. Twenty-four contestants will compete for cash prizes and vie to be named Garrettsville Idol 2011. Following the Idol contest the car/ cash raffle winner will be drawn. The winner has the option of choosing a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze or $20,000. Car raffle tickets are available at most Garrettsville businesses and will also be available all weekend long during the festival. Prior to the festival, the car raffle tickets may purchase at a special price of 6 tickets for $100 or $20/each. Once the festival begins, all tickets will be $20/each.

Therefore, mark your calendars and plan on being a part of the greatest weekend of the summer by attending Garrettsville’s SummerFest.

This year’s SummerFest is sponsored by Charles Chevrolet-Buick, Garrettsville Chamber of Commerce, Carlson Funeral Homes and Cremation Services and the Weekly Villager. The festival is traditionally held the last weekend in June at the corners of S.R.82 and S.R. 88 in downtown Garrettsville. More information can be found at www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com