Written by Tammy Walro
Friday, 03 October 2008 15:28
The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce and the 30th Anniversary Apple Festival Committee is busy finishing up last-minute details for this year’s event, which will be held Oct. 11 and 12.
The schedule for Saturday Oct. 11 will kick off with the Baking Contest starting at 8 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. The ceremony will include the introduction of the 2008 Apple Royalty and the winner of the Dorothy Heiks award.
The Baby Contest is sure to be a hit with all of the little ones dressed for the theme of the “Little Apple Bakers.” The Oak Harbor FFA club will sponsor a kiddie tractor pull.
The Fulton County Blue Grass Band will perform on stage at both 12:30 and 9 p.m. The kiddie parade “Under the Apple Tree,” will be followed by the Grand Parade with the theme “Let’s Celebrate” in honor of the Apple Fest’s 30th birthday.
Sit back and enjoy while members of the community showcase their talents during the talent show, which will be held a 6 p.m.
Sunday’s events will begin with a car show and kids’ activity tent and the famous “Apple Run” for both youth and adults.
Local talent will be showcased, including demonstrations by the Shorin Ryu Martial Arts Academy and performances by Class “A” Studio of Dance and the VIP Express Cloggers. Benton-Carroll-Salem school choirs will be highlighted in the afternoon.
Near the log cabin, a memorabilia display of past Apple Festival items will be available for viewing.
The Portage Fire Station will again be hosting bingo and offering smokehouse demonstrations for children, and of course, the festival would not be complete without the Boy Scouts Apple Butter Stir and Sale, children’s rides, food and craft vendors including the craft show at the Community Markets VFW Hall.
Call the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce at 419-898-0479 or visit www.oakharborohio.net for more information.
Kiwanis Club costume contest
The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club will sponsor the Annual Halloween Costume Contest for Genoa Area Schools residents Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Genoa. Children are encouraged to arrive at 6:30 p.m.
Categories of judging will include: Ugliest, Prettiest, Huggable, Storybook, Nursery Rhyme, Television and Creative Original. Age categories include preschool; ages 1 & 2; ages 3 & 4; kindergarten; first grade; second grade; third grade; fourth grade, fifth & sixth grades; and band. First- and second-place medallions will be presented in each category.
Cider and donuts will be served at the gazebo following the judging. In case of rain, the event will be held at the Genoa Fire Station.
The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club is looking for new members to help support their community projects. Call Jean Holcombe at 419-855-8381 for details.
Oldies but goodies
Get out your saddle shoes and poodle skirts, peg your jeans and come out to the Oldies Dance Oct. 18 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at Oak Shade Grove in Oregon.
Oldies 93.5’s Bob Kelly will serve as DJ for the dance, which will feature music from the `50s, `60s and `70s. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $15, which includes munchies and the chance to win prizes. A cash bar will be available. Reserve a table by calling Dave at 419-693-5824.
Oak Shade Grove is located at 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
An International Extravaganza will be held Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Maumee Indoor Theater.
The event, sponsored by the Toledo/Delmenhorst Committee of Toledo Sister Cities International, will benefit the Toledo Sister Cities program. It will include an afternoon of family entertainment provided by a variety of the area’s local ethnic organizations.
Tickets are $10. For more information call Rogene Kohler at 734-856-2913 or e-mail