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22nd Basket Festival slated for Aug. 4 and 5

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:49 PM

BERLIN HEIGHTS - What do  you get when you combine cherry wood with maple wood?

The raffled item at the 22nd annual Berlin Heights Basket Festival, which takes place Aug. 4 to 5.

The Berlin Fruit Box Company, Samuel Patterson Baskets, has designed a commemorative basket with a solid cherry wood base and a glass vase insert. All of the special edition baskets will be numbered and signed.

The queen’s contest is set for 7 p.m. July 28 at Edison’s High School auditorium, with the winner announced at 10 a.m. Aug. 4. Also announced at that time will be the Citizen of the Year.

The 5 Kilometer run is scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 5. In addition to T-shirts, medals and door prizes, participants will be treated to sliced peaches and ice cream at the end of the race.

There is no admission charge for entertainment.

Musical acts will include the 2007-2008 edition of the “Greatest Band in the Land,” the Edison Marching Band. It will give their first perform at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 4 in the Berlin Heights Kiwanis Basket Festival Parade. The band’s second performance will take place at 3 p.m. on the midway.

On the stage Saturday, festival goers will hear music from Terry Lynn and Daisy Chain. Then, on Sunday, Take Heart, Lance & Jill and Kenny Clark & The Birmingham Band will perform. In addition, a talent show and the sights and sounds of the Academy Twirlers of Norwalk are scheduled.

Activities for youngsters will include: Milan Lions Club Kiddie Tractor Pull, a baby contest, kids games and a marble tournament. On both days, the fire department will have the Smoke House on display.

For older children, there will be a crib race, home run derby, wing eating contest, pie eating contest, Life Flight and Jaws of Life demonstration, basketball free throw contest, talent showcase, pizza eating contest and more.

Food items and activities will include the Berlin Heights Kiwanis steak fry, the American Legion’s chicken barbecue and the Berlin Township Fire Department’s pancake breakfast.

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