MONROEVILLE This year's Monroeville Dam Festival promises to be bigger, longer and more action-packed than last year's. So big, in fact, that another day of celebration had to be added to contain it all.
Monroeville's Marsh Field will be filled Friday, Saturday and Sunday with all sorts of tournaments, attractions and events. The previously two-day event now spans an entire weekend as the Dam Festival commemorates the 60th anniversary of the construction of Monroeville's Dam.
Dam Festival committee member Bonnie Beck attributes the growth of the Dam Festival to her hard-working fellow committee members and a supportive and generous community.
"We've had a very generous response from businesses," she said. "It's really a group effort."
The festivities begin Friday night with the crowning of the new Dam Festival royal family, a softball tournament, a play area for kids and live music from Dan Fester. The activities continue Saturday with a car show in Commons Park, a 5-K run and a pancake breakfast. Volleyball, horseshoe and corn hole tournaments begin in the afternoon, followed by a parade.
This year, the parade will be led by Joe Dodge of Marysville, a descendant of Robert Dodge, the original architect of the dam. Descendants of the Monroeville council members who commissioned the dam will be in attendance as the original dam dedication plaque is rededicated.
The Dam Festival closes on Sunday with a community potluck, tractor pull and a duck race. Firemen will launch entrants' rubber ducks at the dam, with prizes for the first three that reach Marsh Field first. Available throughout the festival will be food vendors, a beer tent, miniature golf, books detailing the history of the dam and chocolate dam replicas.
Due to the increased size of the festival this year and problems with traffic and parking last year, no parking will be available at Marsh Field. Instead, free shuttles will run from area parking lots at Trinity Lutheran Church, Monroeville High School (Friday and Sunday only), and Congregational Community United Church of Christ.
"We have much more going on," Beck said, "And we need the space."
Forms to enter the contests and tournaments are available in the Monroeville village offices. Dam Festival T-shirts are also sold there, and will be sold at the festival itself.
A schedule appears on Page A-2.
Here is a schedule of events for this weekend's Monroeville Dam Festival.
6 p.m. Kick off of the festival
6 p.m. Softball tournament
6 p.m. Kid Zone opens
6 p.m. Beer tent opens
7 p.m. Dan Fester entertains
8 a.m. Pancake breakfast
8 a.m. Softball tournament continues
9 a.m. 5-K run
10 a.m. Car show in Commons Park
10 a.m. Beautiful baby contest
10 a.m. Kid Zone opens
11:30 a.m. Library story hour
1 p.m. Volleyball tournament
1 p.m. Corn hole tournament
1 p.m. Horseshoe tournament
3:30 p.m. Parade begins
5:30 p.m. Toilet race
6 p.m. Rededication of dam plaque
6 p.m. Euchre tournament
8 p.m. Midnight Express entertains
Noon Community Potluck
Noon Pie judging
Noon Kid Zone
1 p.m. Launch of ducks
1:30 p.m. Corn hole tournament continues
1:30 p.m. Horseshoe tournament continues
3:30 p.m. Tractor pull