ST. MARYS — Residents of St. Marys are celebrating the return of Summerfest, the city’s premier summer celebration for the past 30 years.
“This is the big summer festival for the area,” Marta Hoelscher of the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce said. “There’s a lot going on.”
With the opening ceremonies already performed Thursday, today’s events will kick off early with a book sale starting at 9:30 a.m. at Simply Good Things, along with art exhibits from St. Marys Artfest on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the library. Concessions will open at 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Park, where the majority of the festivities will take place.
“We’ll also have a cruise-in at 5 p.m. today at the South Street parking lot,” Hoelscher said.
While there will be plenty of traditional favories, such as the cruise-in, there are a few new events planned for this year’s festival.
“One of the new things we’re doing this year is our craft and commercial area that people can come and look over at the stadium,” Hoelscher said. “Also, one of our local dog groomers is sponsoring a peanut butter licking contest for animals. They basically spread peanut butter on a plate and whichever dog finishes first wins.”
Saturday’s events will all revolve around families, from the Roughrider 5K starting at 8:30 a.m. to the kids games and exhibits starting at 9:30 a.m. to the pass, punt and kick competition at 11 a.m. at the stadium. There will also be a disc golf tournament at 1 p.m. at K.C. Geiger Park, followed by the Summerfest Parade running through downtown St. Marys at 4:30 p.m.
“We’ll have the cornhole tournament and kiddie tractor pull Sunday along with fireworks to wrap up the weekend,” Hoelscher said.
Musical entertainment during the festival will be provided by a variety of bands, including the 1988 Band, The Earthquakers and Haywired.