Monroeville Dam Festival deemed darn successful

MONROEVILLE - The Monroeville Dam Festival finished a successful weekend of celebration Sunday, marking the end of three days filled with events and competitions. The festival opened Friday evening with the crowning of the new "Dam Royalty," followed by a softball tournament and live music. Saturday opened with the Dam Festival 5-K, which drew more than 70 runners and walkers. A pancake breakfast took place in the shelter house, while volleyball, corn hole and horseshoe tournaments went on later.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

MONROEVILLE - The Monroeville Dam Festival finished a successful weekend of celebration Sunday, marking the end of three days filled with events and competitions.

The festival opened Friday evening with the crowning of the new "Dam Royalty," followed by a softball tournament and live music. Saturday opened with the Dam Festival 5-K, which drew more than 70 runners and walkers. A pancake breakfast took place in the shelter house, while volleyball, corn hole and horseshoe tournaments went on later.

In the afternoon, a crowd gathered to watch one of the Dam Festival's more bizarre yet exciting events: the toilet race. After the two opposing teams readied their racing toilets, the Dam Princess gave them the signal to go. The drivers of both motorized toilets stepped on the gas and took off for the turnaround point, then roared toward the finish. The half four-wheeler, half-toilet Blue Tortuga, piloted by Monroeville sophomore Brandon Welch, rumbled victoriously across the line first.

Throughout the festival, food vendors sold gyros, cheese fries and funnel cakes. The area Boy Scouts sold hot dogs with various trimmings, calling them "Dam Dogs."

Chocolate pictures of the dam, as well as booklets about the dam's history also were on sale.

In the afternoon, the Dam Festival parade began. Area businesses, the Dam Royal Family, and local clubs entered floats. Monroeville resident Dave Adelman said he was amazed at the length of the parade. "I've lived in Monroeville all my life, and that's the biggest 'dam' parade I've ever seen. It just kept going and going. I was waiting for the Energizer Bunny at the end," he said.

Saturday evening, Joe Dodge, a descendent of the original architect of the dam, along with members of both the current village council and descendants from the council that commissioned the dam, rededicated the dam's plaque. Jackie Meyer, Miss America of 1963, spoke at the dedication. Her mother had taught at Monroeville High School in Meyer's youth.

Sunday afternoon, another new and unusual event began. Monroeville firefighters launched 750 rubber ducks at the dam, starting off the duck race. Each duck was purchased for $5 and had a number on it that corresponded to a ticket number each entrant received. After being sent off at the dam, the ducks floated downstream to Marsh Field. The owner of the first duck across the finish line got a $900 TV, second place received a digital camera and DVD player, third place won $150 dollars cash. Last, but not least, the absolute last duck across won $50. The ducks took about an hour and 45 minutes to float to Marsh Field.

The Dam Festival Director, Megan Gates, was pleased with the festival's increased size this year.

"We increased kid games, things for the teens, food and stuff for the family. I think it went over pretty well," she said. Gates came up with the idea for the a celebration of Monroeville's dam and organized the first Dam Festival in her senior year at Monroeville High School. She expects the festival to have continued success. "The only way we go is up," she said.

Comments

Festival goer/n...

I think the Dam festival is a joke...just a bunch of alcholics in the beer tent...getting drunk! Some kind of festival...the kids games weren't worth the $2 and there were only like 3 food stands! Why waste your money going up there...If it is going to be sucessful, it needs alot more stuff that what it had this year!

anon (Anonymous)

ALMOST EVERY FESTIVAL HAS A BEER TENT AND THAT IS WHERE THE MOST MONEY IS BROUGHT IN ANYWAYS. SO TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL FESTIVAL YOU MUST BRING IN THE DOUGH. MY FAMILY HAD A WONDERFUL TIME AND ONLY SPENT ABOUT $20 ON 4 KIDS. NO BEER WAS BOUGHT BY US THOUGH. THE DAM FESTIVAL IS A GREAT WAY TO CONNECT WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND THEY ALSO HAD LIVE ENTERTAINMENT-DAN FETTER AND MIDNITE EXPRESS-MIDNITE EXPRESS ALSO HAD 2 HUGE BOXES OF BEACH BALLS, BALLOONS, BUBBLES, GLOW STICKS AND FOOTBALLS FOR THE CHILDREN. THIS YEAR'S WAS A BIG IMPROVEMENT FROM LAST YEAR AND BEING IN IT'S SECOND YEAR NEXT YEAR WILL BE BIGGER AS WELL. TO THOSE WHO THOUGHT WHAT FESTIVAL GOER/NOT BE ON THE COMMITTEE TO BRING IN DIFFERENT IDEAS TO THE TABLE INSTEAD OF JUST WRITING ABOUT IT. JUST REMEMBER THERE IS ALWAYS THE ONES THAT DO NOTHING BUT COMPLAIN AND DO NOTHING ABOUT IT. SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

big mountain (A...

Dear Festival goer/not. Here's a NON-INVITE to you for next year's Dam Festival. Pleeeeeze stay away, thank you.

tip for festiva...

there were more than 3 food stands there: the dam dogs which was sponsored by the local boy scouts, sno cones which was sponsored by the school(i think), corn dog/french fry stand(bucket of fries anyone?), funnel cake/french waffle stand, the ice cream stand and at least 2 gyro stands. ok-- let's add them up!!!!!at least 7--yes count them--7 different food stands!!!!! but let's peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease not forget the annual community potluck that EVERYONE is invited to as long as they bring a covered dish. so along with big mountain i agree here is your NON-INVITE for next year!!!!! oh and can you please purchase or support if you have nothing nice to say we are positive people here in monroeville, the "best dam little town in ohio"

Dam Festival Su...

I'm sorry that some people think that the Monroeville Dam Festival is a joke, but to the people of Monroeville, and to my family it is a very important event. This is only the second year for the Dam Festival, and the things to do there have doubled since the first year, and that is a GREAT accomplishment. The beer tent was full, but there were more people who did not go to the beer tent, and there was plenty there to do for kids and family including two great people from Cinncinati who were on stilts during the whole festival and juggled differnet things for the kids and even made the kids balloons. Instead of three food stands there were actually a total of 8. So there was plenty for kids and families to do, and even if it wasn't as big as some of the other festivals at this time, my family and I had a great time at the Dam Festival. It's just that some people don't know how to have fun, so they have to try and bring other people down with their whining. Well Monroeville is filled with positive people, and my family can't wait to see what next year has in store for the 2008 Monroeville Dam Festival.

Festival goer/n...

I am from Monroeville and live on a block with 17 houses and out of those 17 houses and neighboors I talked with 3 went! and from the people I talked with agree it is just a drunk festival! Support our schools if you want to support something! Our kids need that!

big mountain (A...

So, Festival goer/not, you now claim to have talked with 17 different households about the Dam Festival. Right!! We are all buying that!

to festival goe...

so there are about 1500 people that live in monroeville and you talked to 17 households. what about the other 1450 or so? why are you making such a big deal about the beer tent and alcohol that was served? everyone was carded and got a bright yellow wristband. no beer was allowed outside of the beer tent. no children were allowed inside the beer tent. the monroeville police had an obvious presence so no trouble was unearthed. by the way i commend the police department for their time because they were there for the entire festival from open to close and then had to patrol our village so kudos from me. no comment on how wrong you were about the food stands that were present? everyone that was there and that is including dam festival staff heard no one giving complaints about the beer tent. in fact i asked a staffer how to get on the committee and i was told that in our village newslatter there is a column on when the dam festival committee meets and how often--it even gives the place and time of that meeting. so if you feel as strongly as you do, come to a meeting and voice your opinion so everyone hears it not just us few readers on norwalkreflector.com. quit telling us that you talked to this house and that house tell the committee the issues that you think you have!!

smalltowner (An...

I was at the Dam Festival and had a great time with my Grandchildren. They loved the bounce house and the play area. They had plenty of choices of food and even my 3 year old grandson won at the dart game , how often would that happen at the local fair? the people working the games and the kids area actually wanted to make sure the kids had a good time and they weren't all that mind-full of how many minutes the kids actually were in any certain area so the kids just played and played and played somemore and had a really great time. I personally do not drink but that did not stop me from having a good time anymore than the people in the beer tent. They were having a good time and no one got hurt. are you saying that we should get rid of all the beer tents at all the festivals. If you don't like the beer tents than dont go in the beer tent, how hard is that to figure out. We actually ate lunch down there and I manged to get my grandson his favorite meal chicken finger and french fries same thing we could have gotten at MCDonalds and for the 3 of us to eat it was about 18.00 the same as eating at Mc Donalds. all in all it was a good time for everyone.

Reality Check (...

First of all this is only the 2nd year for the festival, Second it sounds like a young person got off her duff& did some research to make this happen!Kudo's to her!!You go girl!People let's not forget,start small& finish big!This is a good thing! Just think of all those nice people that donated their time-for free-for the community!I believe the beer tent was very maintained.Besides,I have to be honest-I don't go to ST.Joe's Festival anymore,Now that is a joke!It attracts a lot of people but of course it's gambling(bingo)or cards or well you know,it's ok ,because it's for the catholic church!

One-eyed Willy ...

I think the festival is a great idea! Monroeville now has created something that is theirs. It will get better every year. I wish I could have made it there. I am easy to please, and so is my family, so I would have enjoyed it I'm sure. Some people you can't please no matter what you do, and you just have to ignore those people.
As for the St. Joe's Festival, I haven't been there, but I've been to lots of Catholic festivals, and they are all the same. Bingo is a really good way to make money for all the lawsuits that are going on. And, being a Catholic, I know they like lots of beer and liquor. It's better than drugs, isn't it?

annoyed (Anonymous)

festival goer/not I am so glad you can get on here and gripe about how the festival is such a joke. No one forced you to go so what does it matter if it was not up to your standards. I am sure all of the other local festivals started out small as well. I was in the beer tent and had fun. I drank one beer, does that make me a drunk? There was a good crowd in there and everyone was having a good time. Granted I left early but I do not think there were any problems. I think it's funny you made the effort to go talk to so many of your neighbors and most of them said they did not go. I am sure they are the same people who are constantly complaining there is never anything to do in Monroeville. The festival was started by someone who is probably half your age and obviously has much more motiviation than you ever had or will. The festival was bigger this year and will probably get bigger each year. Although seeing as you are so good at finding stuff to gripe about I am sure the extra activites probably caused an inconvience to you as well. I mean 70 poeple running 3 miles around the town and the ducks going down the river really caused me to have to go out of my way. If the festival is such a joke to you go to a council meeting and complain about it. Those council meetings are the real joke in Monroeville

to the girl who...

the young woman who got this light bulb in her head was actually only 17. she pushed and pushed to get her idea across and she was still a senior in high school to boot!!! being in school and juggling the schedule and applications to fill out not onlly for college but for the festival itself is more work than most adults do in their spare time. so megan here's to you honey!!! kudos to your heard work and your to your ambition. you saw a good thing and made it happen!! we'll see you next year...and the year after that and that and that......

big mountain (A...

Now, let's not be bashing St. Joe's Festival. Just like the Dam Festival you have a choice to attend or not attend.
Personally I go for two things: the chicken dinner and the reverse raffle.

don't you know ...

Hey Willy-don't you know that beer is a legal drug! It can be habit forming to people that abuse it.And I know this from first hand expeirence!And furthermore,gambling is gambling, weather it is for the catholic church or not!Go to some of the bingo games around & you will see them even selling the ripoff tickets like some of the local bars&clubs are selling{which are illegal}.I know some lie, & say it is for charity, that they purchase them from freedomroad.So what!It is not fair that a bar can get fined or closed down from this,& not a catholic church!In my church we were taught this is wrong!

to festivalgoer...

This is your choice obviuosly to want to go to the damn fest.or not.I'm wondering-you did not state that your 14 other block people that you talked too,if they had been to the damn festival before?Or if they are just being judgemental without first-hand knowledge??Because let me please state-even the food vendors were ordinary people just trying to make a living!They were very nice!Not like most I have seen at countless other festivals,Melon,Strawberry,Water,Fish,Blossom Fest.A lot of them sometimes are kind of dirty looking&unkept looking!These people were very accomidating!

The name"" (Ano...

I have been told that the name of the festival is not a name that is NOT a disirable one!And that is being stated nicely!Some people have told me, that they won't go because of the name''Damn__ fest.They think it sounds bad.Now mind you most of these people have small children.Those children also are being raised to believe that Dm. is a bad word.Which we all know that too! They have said that they have tried to explain to their children& it is confusing to them.Maybe council could rethink the name of the festival, to something else that is a little more appealing.Like Riversedge Festival orRiverfest,or Trailfest or something that has a better vibe to it!Who picked that dumb name anyway?I know it is based on the damn in town,but come on-where is the creativity in this name??? Nowhere I tell you!!Even driving by a sign advertising this up on rt 20, by the dentist office-it looked like someone had a hard time trying to word it properly to not sound wrong!!

smalltowner (An...

It is The DAM Festival not damn festival, get your spelling right. I have to say that the name of the festival is not an issue, it was a good time and I can't wait till next year

smalltowner (An...

hey smalltowner dont get you panties in a bunch!I didn't spell it that way because I thought that is how it is spelled.[are u going 2 correct me on my 'r' missing in your 2?I had been using it as a metaphor!I was there& it was a good time, I never said u were not there,nor did I say that I was speaking for u, or everyone else in the community!Do you need glasses or a hearing aid too?If u could read correctly-you would see I noted SOME PEOPLE!!Wal*mart has good prices on reading glasses& magnifying lenses!!!

smalltowner (An...

don't you worry about my panties

re: smalltowner...

smalltowner- i don't swing that way!

smalltowner (An...

to the copy cat smalltown, you are not even worth the time it took to respond to your nasty perverted comments. good bye.

P>S> Grow up

L. Ron Hubbert ...

It's a wonderful sight when small town America celebrates its common heritage. THIS is the true America, the working America. God Bless America!

resmtwner (Anon...

are you sure? Is that what you said to the neighbor last nite?