It’s official — summer is coming, and on the heels of it is Garrettsville Summerfest, June 23-25th. While we’ve all been waiting for it to get warmer out, the Garrettsville Summerfest Committee has been hard at work to bring the best Summerfest ever. That being said, we’ve added new events and have some that are being retired, at least for now.

New this year, is the retirement of the car/cash raffle. It will be replaced by the successful Queen of Hearts 50/50 raffle. The Queen of Hearts 50/50 raffle will be a $1 per ticket. Anyone who purchases $20 tickets at one time, the week leading up to Summerfest and that weekend will be put in a drawing for a chance to be in the cash grab machine. The cash grab machine will be used six times during Summerfest weekend. The first one will be Opening ceremonies Friday night, approximately 6:40pm. The other chances for cash grab will be at 3pm, 6pm, and 8:45pm Saturday and 3:30pm and 7 pm Sunday. Proceeds from the raffle will be the main support of the festival.

The regular Queen of Hearts drawing will take place at approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Main Stage during Summerfest and the 50/50 raffle will be drawn at the end of Garrettsville Idol approximately 10 pm.

Kids will not want to miss the Super Heroes Spectacular. The Super Heroes will perform an interactive skit with the audience. The synopsis of the show is that the super heroes will “train” the kids in their superpowers so when the villain arrives and steals the superhero’s powers, the kids can save the day. Following the show, the Superheroes will be available for autographs and pictures with kids.

Get a bird’s eye view of the area, literally. New this year is helicopter rides for $20. The helicopter rides will be located at the high school ball diamond.

Garrettsville Police Department will have a K-9 demonstration Sunday at 2:00pm. Come see the dogs work. Speaking of the police, they are also giving folks an opportunity to Tase-a-Cop. Yes, you read it right, the roles are reversed and one of our finest in blue has volunteered to be tased. Tickets for the Tase-a-Cop are $10 each or 3 tickets for $20. The drawing for Tase-a-Cop will be held prior to Garrettsville Idol at approximately 6:45pm.

He’s back! Yes, Aaron Bonk returns with his juggling skills using knives and even a chain saw. He also does some mighty fine tricks with whips as well. Kids love him and so does Summerfest. A show one will not want to miss. He is on the schedule at 5pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Friday night is Family Night with our night at the movies. This year the movie will be “Sing” so grab your lawn chair, pick up some fair food and a drink and settle in to watch “Sing” under the stars. The movie will be at the west stage starting at 9pm. This event is sponsored by The Garrettsville-Hiram Rotary Club.

Summerfest also welcomes Chris Higbee. He will be the Headlining Act Saturday night at 9pm. He does a good mix of Country Music, Contemporary Country, Alternative Country, Contemporary Bluegrass, Traditional Bluegrass, Traditional Country, Urban Cowboy, Contemporary Blues, and Country Blues. Higbee is an expert fiddler, singer, song writer and plays a multitude of other instruments. He will put on a performance you will not want to miss.