POMEROY — The week immediately following the Gold Wings and Ribs Festival belongs to Kickin’ Summer Bash, which takes place June 12-13.
The bash kicks off with a boat race beginning at noon. The race offers a monetary purse of $250, with each winning boat receiving money for either first, second or third place. The first place winner will receive $125; the second place winner will receive $75; and third place will take home $50.
Anyone wanting to sign up for this race may do so starting at 11:30, with the race beginning at noon on the levee. Anyone with questions about race rules can stop by the Chamber of Commerce office or can call 740-992-2239.
Saturday events start at noon as well, with free inflatables available all day for kids. Also at noon the Kids’ Bicycle Decorating Contest/Parade will start, with kids as old as 12 lining up at the corner of Main and Lynn streets at 11:45 a.m. with their best decorations. There will be two age groups for the bicycle race. Age group one will be kids 2-7, and the second age group will be ages 8-12. The winners of both groups will either receive $25 for first place, $15 for second place or $10 for third place.
Beginning at 1 p.m. is the Kids’ Pet Talent Contest on the amphitheater stage. Pets must be dressed in summer attire to compete. There will be three judging categories, with prize money for each category. The first category will Owner Look-A-Like, the second category is Most Talented and the third category belongs to the audience in the form of People’s Choice.
At 2 p.m. the “We Got Talent II” contest will begin with young people presenting their talent. If you are up to 17 years old you may participate, with the winner receiving $50, the second-place winner receiving $25, the third-place winner receiving $15 and the fourth-place winner receiving $10.
Another event is “Let’s Make A Deal,” where anyone can present unusual items when they are asked for, and whoever presents has a change to receive money and prizes. The game begins at 4:30 p.m. at the amphitheater.
The Kickin’ Summer Bash committee invites all pleasure boats to join the Boater’s Light Parade, which begins at 8:30 p.m. in front of the amphitheater. Participants can win prize money for their decorations and lights, with more lighting meaning a better chance of winning. The winning purse is $200, with the first-place winner receiving $100, the second-place winner will receive $50 and the third-place winner will receive $25, with People’s Choice, or fourth place, receiving $25.
Children’s activities, in addition to contests, will take place on the lower parking lot from noon to 4 p.m., and activities from 4-8 p.m. include inflatables, finger printing and IDs provided for free by the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood, and face painting. Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. will include balloons and a magic show as children’s activities. Various county vehicles will also be on display for children and parents alike, including Hummers and firetrucks.
Local bands will entertain during the evening. Friday evening K.L.A.S.I.K. Heat will start the entertainment at 6 p.m. with Marauder (Blitzkrieg Chilled) going on as the last band of the evening, starting at 9 p.m. On Saturday, the Riverside Cloggers will perform at 3 p.m., followed by Zoot Suit Magician at 4 p.m. South of the River Band will perform at 7 p.m. and the final act of the night will be Todd Berry at 9:15 p.m.
Rockin’ Reggie will also provide entertainment for kids Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the upper stage arena.
There is still space for artisans and concessions, and space can be reserved at 740-992-2239.
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.