BELLEVUE - June 28 is to mark the opening of the 10th annual Bellevue Community Days Festival at Robert Peters Park, Bellevue.
Running through June 30, the festival is to feature mechanical rides; a zip line, which is one of only two in the country of its kind; an extreme trampoline; four-sided climbing wall; entertainment; bands; food; contests; baseball games; clowns; balloons; a parade; and fireworks.
Badges are to be on sale at the information booth all three days of festival. There will be several "surprise" activities and contests involving the Bellevue Community Days Festival collectible badge at a cost of $5 or five for $20.
Swifty the clown, a balloon artist, is to whip up some of his creations at the festival.
Among them is to be the annual Medallion Hunt, sponsored by Jeff Cook. This contest is free with a badge and requires a bit of investigation. The prize is $200.
The midway opens at 5 p.m. June 28 with food vendors and rides, including the zip line, extreme trampoline and climbing wall.
The Jungle Island Zoo also will provide excitement. Save room for pizza at the 8 p.m. pizza eating contest, provided by East of Chicago. At 7 p.m., the entertainment tent hosts Lonesome Pony, an area country band.
Activities June 29 start at 5 p.m. with the interactive Ohio State University sports experience. Competitors can try their hand at football and basketball. Rides and the zip line, climbing wall, extreme trampoline and The Jungle Island Zoo are to be open. The Recreation Department's youth baseball games also begin.
At 7 p.m., Rumours, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, is to take the stage in the entertainment tent. Also at 7 p.m. is the pie-eating contest in the
contest tent. The pies are provided by Bassett's Market.
At 10:30 p.m. is a fireworks display, unofficially starting the local Fourth of July activities.
June 30 is Kids' Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The following free shows and interactive activities are planned:
Swifty the Clown, a balloon artist, is to whip up some of his creations.
Interactive displays and hands-on activities are to be provided by Erie Metro Parks, O.S.S. Solid Waste District, Sandusky County Park District and Bellevue Library.
Big Smiles Kids Krafts is to be open noon-4 p.m.
The kids pedal pull starts at 1 p.m.
At 2 p.m., kids can cool off with an ice cream eating contest.
Laser tag will be a new feature available all day Saturday.
The Huron Valley Quilt Guild Show is to feature more than 50 quilts; members of the guild are to be available to answer questions about quilting.
The 10th annual Community Days Festival parade is to step off at 4 p.m.
The craft tent is to be open all day.
The Rotary Club golf ball drop is set for 5:30 p.m.
The entertainment begins at 7 p.m. with rock cover band, The Earthquakers, and goes to midnight, when the festival closes.
The third annual collectible badge/raffle drawing will begin at 9 p.m. Prizes of $1,000, $500, $250 and various retail prizes are to be awarded.
To learn more, call Carol at (419) 684-4030 or Bellevue Community Center at (419) 483-5555