Heritage Day Festival gets summer off to fun start
By Evelyn Long -
“I think it turned out to be successful,” said Andrea Hazen, president of the Friends of Cardington, sponsors and organizers of the Cardington Heritage Day Festival
Hazen was commenting on the event held June 23. She estimated 1,000 people attended the full day event which featured a parade and a variety of activities, events, music and games held basically in the area of the Community Park.
She cited the Corn Hole Tournament, the Car Show and the Wolf Pack Demonstrations as being popular events. Among those presenting musical entertainment were the Spangler Sisters, a popular local singing duo and the band “Hollywood Red,” a band whose sound is a blend of classic and modern rock. Song writing, on-stage energy, and outstanding guitar playing are the trademarks of this teen band.
Two members, Jon Suh (guitar) and Dominic Frissora (vocal), formerly of the band “Poligro 614″ won the 2011 School Jam USA title of ‘Best Teen Band in the USA’. Suh was also recognized as “Best Guitarist” in the competition held in Anaheim, CA. They were also invited to perform in the Music Messe Festival in Frankfort, Germany in April, 2011.
Lisa Vaughn Hess, a Cardington-Lincoln High School graduate, opened the day’s festivities singing the National Anthem in the park gazebo.
Also popular was the Dunk tank sponsored by the Explorers and Skate Board Professional Doug Brown.
Among the units in the parade was the Big Walnut Joint Fire District who recently led a “boot drive,” for injured Cardington fire fighter Tom Brandum.
Organizing the parade was Steve Trent, a member of the Cardington Fire Department.
The Cardington Rotary Club held a Bratwurst Dinner to conclude the day’s events.
The Boy Scout Troop 30 and Girl Scout Troop 23 51 offered their assistance throughout the day and also had booths in the park.
The Cardington Swimming pool held a free swim and the Morrow County Antique Tractor and Equipment Association offered a shuttle to transport visitors to the Maxwell Park.
Hazen said the proceeds from the festival will be directed to holding different activities in the village, including movies in the park, a dance and a Halloween party.
“More volunteers are needed,” said Hazen and she invited the public to attend the next meeting of the Friends of CArdington at 6 pm on July 10 at the Cardington Municipal Building.
Friends committee members are Hazen, president; Dejah Rowland, vice president; Jackie Ivers, secretary; and Lt. James Wallace, Explorer representative.
Members of the Festival Steering Committee, in addition to those named include Richard Caldwell, Jim Morris, American Legion Post 97 representative; Steve Trent, fire department representative and parade organizer; Acting Police Chief Robert Huston, Kent Foster and CPD Explorers. Jim Rowland, was chairman of the festival steering committee and Dejah Rowland, was co-chair.