The Elmore Historical Society is making final preparations for its 35th annual Portage River festival, which will be held Sunday, June 22 at Depot Park in Elmore.
This year’s festival kicks off at 7 a.m. at Woodmore High School with the 38th annual Portage River Bicycle Tour. Bicyclists can follow different routes during the tour, which is sponsored by Hostelling International-Toledo Area.
At 7:30 a.m., set-up will begin for the craft and flea market.
Area bakers are invited to whip up a batch of their best cupcakes for the Cupcake Contest. Cupcakes may be dropped off at the Elmore Depot between 9 and 10 a.m. To be considered for a prize, both the cupcake and frosting must be homemade. Judging will take place at 10:30 a.m. For more information call Renee at 419-574-1559.
|A highlight of the annual Portage River Festival, June 22, 2014, is the
Charlie Schneider Memorial Car Show. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)
One of the festival’s fastest growing events is the Redneck Lawnmower Pulling Contest. In its seventh year, the event brings together pullers and fans of all age groups for fun, excitement and prizes. Registration for the contest will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Pulling will begin at 12:30 p.m. next to the Quonset hut at Depot Park. Call Tim Erickson at 419-376-2639 for more information.
Two bands to entertain festival-goers this year. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the country/folk band, “Bliss” will perform on the stage, which will be located on the south side of the depot. They will be followed from 2-6 p.m. by the “Senior Class Band,” which will entertain with covers of “classic oldies.”
On the basketball court next to the depot, Heidi’s Twirlers, an energetic twirling team from Woodville, will display their talents beginning at noon, followed by the Ardan Academy of Irish Dancers with soloist Jim Burns at 2 p.m.
The 5th annual Charlie Schneider Memorial Car Show, Antique Car and Tractor Show will be held this year on Ottawa Street.
The Elmore Historical Society will host the second annual “Farm Animal Patty Bingo” contest beginning at 4 p.m. at the north end of the depot. The event will include a farm animal, which will be turned out into a fenced-in area marked with 300 squares that can be purchased for $5 each from society members. Whoever “owns” the square where the “patty” lands will receive one half the proceeds from the sale of the squares. If all squares are sold, the lucky winner can walk away with $750.
Throughout the day, festival-goers can step back in time as Jennifer Fording, Harris-Elmore Library historian, offers hands-on demonstrations at the Heckman Log Home. The presentations will include discussions about period toys and games, doing laundry, rug-beating, mattress-stuffing, sampling Dutch oven apple crisp and molasses cookies, and a Children’s Scavenger Hunt (pick up sheet at the cabin, answer questions and bring back for a prize).
Great food offerings have been a mainstay at the festival since its inception in 1980. Roast beef, sausage and sauerkraut, hot dogs and Coney dogs, chicken sandwiches, fresh-cut French fires, onion rings, baked beans, coleslaw, strawberries and ice cream, and award-winning cupcakes from the contest will be sold from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the historical museum and barn.
The Historical Society will be selling Elmore memorabilia, cookbooks, the Elmore-Genoa historical book and Steve McFerrin pencil sketch prints of Elmore scenes at the museum, which is located in the depot.
The Elmore Historical Society and co-sponsor Materion suggest those attending bring lawn chairs and relax and enjoy a wonderful day of fun, food and entertainment.