By MaryAnn Kromer
Everything is in place for the 2013 Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival. The United Way lantern launch gets things started Friday evening. Lanterns are to be for sale beginning at 6 p.m. with the release set for 10 p.m. Food stands are to open 6-8 p.m.
Around 9 p.m., the Rock-n-Roll Outlaws are to perform on the Lot 7 stage and continue until 1 a.m.
Saturday's schedule begins with the Seneca County version of "The Amazing Race." Teams are to gather in the Tiffin Mall parking lot for instructions and an 8 a.m. start time.
Barbershoppers in the Heritage mix
The Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus has appeared at numerous venues in the area, including summer concerts in Tiffin and Fostoria. At 1 p.m. Sunday, the chorus is to sing during the Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival on the folk stage in Heritage Village at Hedges-Boyer Park.
"This will be our first appearance at the Heritage Festival and we certainly look forward to it," said Rick Hoffman, a singer who handles publicity for the regional chorus.
For weekly Monday practices at Wesley United Methodist Church in Fostoria, the singers travel from Tiffin, Port Clinton, Marblehead, Fremont, Bellevue, Oak Harbor, Norwalk, Bowling Green, Findlay, Van Buren and Mt. Blanchard. Director Fred Schmidt hails from Bowling Green and has been chorus director for 46 years.
"Our Tiffin contingent is attorney Dean Henry, attorney Jon Stotzer, Heidelberg Professor Ken Krieger, Terry Lyon, CPA Bob Manz and Bernie Molyet," Hoffman said.
A member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the chapter was founded in 1962. Hoffman described the chorus as "a special group of men who share a great bond of friendship together in a common purpose of producing our musical wares."
They perform at numerous public events during the summer months and recently entertained the residents at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky.
Barbershop singers never rely on sheet music at performances, preferring to learn and memorize their selections. Hoffman said the 25 singers have committed more than 50 songs to memory for a variety of occasions. They can do favorites such as "In the Good Old Summertime," "Take Me Out To The Ballgame," "Sitting On Top Of The World" and "Chattanooga Choo Choo."
To learn more, visit the group's Facebook page or their website at www.lakeplainschorus.com.
There still are some openings for teams. Anyone can register through Friday for $10. The cost Saturday is $20 per team. The final event is planned for the courthouse lawn.
Spectators are welcome.
Heritage Village opens at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hedges-Boyer Park. Admission is $3. Storytellers and musicians are to perform and vendors are to be open with crafts and food. The Boy Scouts will have the Pinewood Derby track set up and train rides are to be available.
Visit the Civil War military camp or watch as six vintage base ball teams compete on the field at the village. Runners can participate in a YMCA-sponsored run at 6 p.m. for youth and 7 p.m. for adults.
The Military Ball from 7-9:30 p.m. at the YMCA closes out village activities for Saturday.
A parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on Washington Street in downtown Tiffin. After the parade, the festival royalty are to be introduced in Lot 7. Entertainment is to follow from 12:30-3 p.m. The rides are to operate in the RTA lot and a pedal tractor pull is planned at 5 p.m.
On Frost Parkway, the attractions include pony rides, an antique tractor show, craft vendors, information booths and entertainment by the Tiffin Washboard Band (noon-12:45 p.m.), Hopewell Loudon marching band (1-2 p.m.), flute music (2-3 p.m.) and kids' karaoke (3 p.m.).
Girl Scouts also are to provide activities 3-5 p.m.
Raffle tickets to win a hot air balloon ride are to be sold until about 5 p.m. when the winner is to be announced. He or she must be ready for liftoff from Courthouse Square at 5:30 p.m.
Providing live music in Lot 7 is Brazin Bull (3-5 p.m.), MARS (5-7 p.m.), The Mongrels (8-10 p.m.) and Electrik Circus (10 p.m.-1 a.m.)
The festival continues Sunday starting with a 9 a.m. church service at the Living History Village. The village closes around 5 p.m.
The downtown area opens at 11 a.m. Sunday. In addition to the rides and craft vendors, a car show is to take place in front of The Ritz Theatre 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nashville Crush is the featured band 1-3:30 p.m. in Lot 7. On Frost Parkway, children's contests take place noon-1 p.m. The T-Squares are to demonstrate western square dancing 1-2 p.m. A pie-eating contest for charity is 2-3 p.m., followed by a pet parade 3-4 p.m.
The final downtown event is the 12th annual Hospice Waddle at 5 p.m.
Participants can purchase a duck at Community Hospice for $10. All the ducks are to plunge into the Sandusky River from the Market Street bridge. The first three ducks to reach the Washington Street Bridge are to win cash prizes of $3,000, $300 and $30.
Proceedsare to benefit Community Hospice Care. For more details, email info@community
hospicecare.com or call (419) 447-4040.