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CAREY — The 32nd annual Carey Fest – “The Beat Goes On” – set for today through Saturday, features a blend of the old and the new. As usual the festival will feature a wide variety of music.
Main stage entertainers on Friday, Aug. 3, will be Dr. Ike, followed by Mustang Sally, the all-girl band from Nashville that returns to the festival after a partial rain-out last year.
Three acts will be featured on the main stage Saturday evening, Aug. 4, a first for the festival. Derrick and Derrick, the Motown sounds of Touch and Phil Dirt and the Dozers will all perform.
The event begins today with the annual homecoming event at Waterworks Park.
There will be more to do at the park than ever but the biggest change will be the Thursday night fireworks show. The fireworks display will be what has been described as a “continuous grand finale,” but to see the show properly, you’ll need to be in or near the park, since the fireworks will be from 50 feet to 100 feet in the air, rather than 300 feet to 500 feet.
Rides and concessions open downtown at 4 p.m. Friday. The Carey Fest queen will be crowned at the John Carey Park gazebo at 6 p.m. Musical guests include the Carey High School band; a karaoke contest from 6-9 p.m.; Christian music at Memorial United Methodist Church; Pantasia, Findlay High School’s steel drum band; Noise Pollution, from 10 p.m.-midnight, and Dr. Ike and Mustang Sally on the main stage.
Other entertainment on Friday includes the B.W. Twirlers; an extreme bicycle makeover contest, and Shizzle Dizzle magic. Warren the Wizard and Elfonzo Doodlefinkel and his balloons will appear both days of the Fest.
The Carey Kiwanis Club is teaming with Greenbriar Catering at the main food tent. The usual games, rides and concessions will also be offered, including Bingo at the American Legion.
A new addition on both Friday and Saturday is J.R. Express, offering train rides from John Carey Park to Memorial Park and back for both kids and adults.
The 21st Ohio Volunteer Civil War encampment will be held each day at the park, with Carey’s Civil War cannon sounding at intervals throughout the evening.
Saturday’s parade begins at 3 p.m. on E. Findlay Street. Plenty of musical entertainment follows, including jug band music by the Smokin’ Fez Monkeys; folk singing by Three Mile Run and the music of country’s Jessica Kenney and her band. The Victory Trio will perform at Memorial United Methodist Church and the entertainment stage at Frederick’s IGA includes Derrick and Derrick, the Motown sounds of Touch and Phil Dirt and the Dozers.
Ken Groves returns to the Carey Fest with his comedy and ventriloquism for kids and adults alike. There wiI1 be three shows at the gazebo at 5, 6 and 7 p.m.
Other entertainment on Saturday includes Mohawkettes Baton Corps and Country Crossroads Cloggers.
The Carey Fest 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held Saturday morning and the annual Twilight 5K Run will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, with the Twilight Trot for kids starting at 7:30 p.m.
Most events are free. There is a $12 charge for the main stage entertainment each day and fees for the 3-on-3 tournament and the 5K run.
For more information, contact Steve Zender, 419-396-7567, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.