Festival to kick off

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 year’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.
“All the events are falling in line and it looks like it will be a great celebration,” Graf said. “We have a lot of events scheduled that have been traditionally strong and well attended.”
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 “Best Hometown Lager” 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, “The Best Hometown Lager” will be revealed to honor Wapakoneta’s recent designation as best hometown.
A barbecue chicken dinner is be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for the fireman’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.