The Cy Young Days Festival in Newcomerstown is just around the corner.
The opening ceremony and the crowning of Festival Royalty for 2019 will take place at 5 p.m. June 21. A corn hole tournament will start at 6 p.m. with cash prizes. Entry forms are available on the website www.cyyoungdaysfestival.com. Mike Hoskins will entertain on the Canal St. stage at 6:30 p.m. followed by Chestnut Hill bluegrass band from 8 until 11 p.m.
On June 22, the day will start at 7:15 AM with registration for the Cy Young Run, which begins at 8 a.m. at Cy Young Park on North College Street. Following the run, the guest of honor, Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones will present awards to the runners and will then visit Cy Young’s Grave at Peoli. Randy Jones won the Cy Young Award in 1976 while he was with the San Diego Padres and will be speaking following our luncheon to be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Laborers Local Hall 134. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and reservations are required. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children younger than 11. This year, we will have five Louisville Slugger bats to be auctioned at the luncheon. They are engraved with the festival name, date and will be autographed by Jones.
At noon, the ARTSNCT talent show is scheduled to take place on the Canal St stage. The parade line up will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the parade starting at 6 p.m. Randy Jones will serve as our grand parade marshall and will sign autographs at the Olde Main Street Museum on Canal Street following the parade. The royalty and visiting queens introductions will take place at the Canal Street stage and, after that, the New Towne Cloggers will perform.
From 8 to 11 p.m., the Adam Calvert Band will bring their high energy country rock show to the stage to close out the day.
June 23 will off at 8 a.m. with a vintage baseball tournament at Cy Young Park. There will be five teams participating, playing by old time rules. Registration for the annual car show begins at 1 p.m. with the car show starting at 3 p.m. on Main Street. On the Canal Street stage, the pet show will be held at 3 p.m. and at 5 p.m., the car show awards will be presented to end the festival.
For more information on the festival, visit www.cyyoungdaysfestival.com. Those interested in participating in the corn hole, parade, queens contest, luncheon must register in advance.