By AMY GAREIS
News-Herald Staff Writer
ADENA – Plenty of activities are on tap as the 11th Annual Adena Heritage Days get underway Aug. 13 and 14.
Former mayor and fire chief Ed Bernosky will lead festivities as the grand marshal, while Charlotte Gretchen was named this year’s queen, pictured above.
Lynn McConnell, president of the Adena Heritage Days Committee, said lots of food and fun were in store for the two-day fete.
“There’s free entertainment on the square, rides and games, plus local crafters, great food and raffles,” she said. “We will have a 50-50, ballgames at the old football field and mechanical bull rides. This is our 11th year and it attracts hundreds of people.”
The event kicks off Aug. 13 with a Polka Dance at the Adena Community Center from 8-11 p.m. Free admission, doors open at 7 p.m. and the evening will include food, a 50-50 raffle and door prizes.
Aug. 14 starts with a classic car show at the Adena United Methodist Church parking lot on East Main Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration from 9 to 11 a.m. for a $5 fee. Prizes will be given for the Top 10, People’s Choice, Best of Show and Mayor’s Choice. An added feature this year is that all registered car owners will be entered to win a $50 giveaway.
A parade follows at 11 a.m.; lineup is near Braun’s Garage on West Main Street.
Also on the itinerary is a presentation of flags and the National Anthem, an opening prayer and the welcome by Mayor Ray Jeskey. The prince, princess, junior prince and junior princess will be presented around 12:20 p.m. Bernosky will appear at 12:30, followed by Gretchen at 12:35 p.m.
Further events include the presentation of veterans by Roger Sliva and Gary DeNoble at 12:45 p.m.; the Bernosky Sisters and Family singing group at 1 p.m.; warbler Catherine Losey at 2 p.m.; oldies tunes with the Vinyl Four from 2:30-4:30 p.m.; singer Jessica Harr from 4:30-5:30 p.m.; and the band Deuces Wild, featuring Dan Jones, Brian Dawes and Steve Kelner, from 6-9 p.m.
A cornhole tournament starts at 6 p.m. at a cost of $10 per person or $20 for a two-person team. Kurt James Fun & Games will provide fun for the kids, including the new mechanical bull rides.
“The entertainment brings in different families. Last year, we started the cornhole tournament and had 24 teams. Hopefully we will have just as many. We also hope to get more at the car show,” said McConnell.
The event is a fundraiser for future Heritage Days, while it also contributes to community causes. Among its beneficiaries are the Methodist Church’s Food Pantry and other organizations.
For more information, contact Hair Headquarters at 740-546-3946.