From baseball to beer, from cars to bikes and from bands to beauties, the Wapakoneta Summer Moon Festival features a full range of events when it starts next week.
Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dan Graf said this yearâ€™s festivities feature a new event, the Mass Krug Stemmen, or beer stein holding competitions, during the band breaks in the entertainment tent. Contestants must hold one liter of beer in a stein at a 90-degree angle and the last person keeping it up wins a beer stein.
â€śAll the events are falling in line and it looks like it will be a great celebration,â€ť Graf said. â€śWe have a lot of events scheduled that have been traditionally strong and well attended.â€ť
The festival kicks off with the Miss Summer Moon Festival Scholarship Pageant at 7 p.m. Wednesday, organized by Lyn Severt and Phyllis Stoll.
On Thursday, festival events kick off with a toasting ceremony in the entertainment tent featuring the â€śBest Hometown Lagerâ€ť brewed by the Thirsty Dog Brewery.
The toasting ceremony features the third year that the Akron Brewery, Thirsty Dog, has hosted a special brew just for the festival. The last two years the beers brewed were called Lunar Lager and Lunar Light. This year, â€śThe Best Hometown Lagerâ€ť will be revealed to honor Wapakonetaâ€™s recent designation as best hometown.
A barbecue chicken dinner is be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for the firemanâ€™s auxiliary.
The Chamber hosts Chamber After Hours with door prizes given out from 5 to 7 p.m. Bed races are to start at 7 p.m. The Jaylynn & Colt 45 bands are scheduled to play from 8 to 11 p.m. in the free entertainment tent.
On Friday, chicken and rib dinners are being served by Mercy Unlimited from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the intersection of West Auglaize and South Blackhoof streets. A car show is being held by the Auglaize-Mercer Shrine Club from 5 to 7 p.m. with awards given at 9 p.m.
A charity and furniture auction goes from 3 to 10 p.m. at the Riverside Art Center.
A corn hole tournament sponsored by the Wapak Rotary Club is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Staples, a local favorite band, takes the stage from 8 p.m. to midnight in the entertainment tent.
On Saturday, the YMCA is hosting a bike ride at 7 a.m. Registration for the Run To the Moon 5K starts at 7:30 a.m. with racing beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the fun run starting at 9:15 a.m.
The Wapakoneta Farmers Market is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Auglaize Street. On Sunday, a volleyball tournament sponsored by the American Legion will start at 9 a.m.
Also, there will be many other events held at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum on Saturday and Sunday, including a model rocket launch and a balloon artist and magician on Saturday, with a ladies vintage baseball game and two outdoor concerts on Sunday.
Many other events are scheduled at both locations and a full schedule of events are available at summermoonfestival.com.