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Tusky Days is bigger in second year

The festival will be Friday, June 16 through Sunday, June 18 on School Street in the village of Tuscarawas.

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Debuting to rave reviews last year, the Tusky Days festival plans to be bigger and better this year. “We’ll have more rides, more vendors and more entertainment,” said Tom Cole, Tusky Days committee president, who even solved last year’s french fry dilemma. “This year we will have more french fries; people will not be waiting 45 minutes to get fries.”
The festival will be Friday, June 16 through Sunday, June 18 on School Street in the village of Tuscarawas.
The event has added three new rides aimed at an older age group. “Last year there were rides for middle-aged children and younger, but we needed more rides for the teenagers,” Cole said. 
Last year festivalgoers had many good things to say about the event. “They were amazed at how everything went,” Cole said. “Our main agenda was to get the whole town back together and get camaraderie back in the town.”
Another goal of the festival was keeping the festival itself and the village clean during the event. Festival volunteers picked up litter, not only in the festival area, but also around the village.
As was the case last year, a fleet of golf carts will provide transportation to and from the festival for area residents.
A large 40-foot-by-40-foot tent will be erected near the entrance of the entertainment area with bleachers and room for lawn chairs to view the entertainment outside of the beverage garden area. 
Friday night’s festival benefit auction, conducted by Rick Keffer, will offer only 20 commemorative cutting boards with the festival logo for sale. Cole said he couldn’t believe how well last year’s auction of commemorative paddles went over.
Winners of the Tusky Days T-shirt design contest were announced with first place going to Kayla Tschudy, who won $100, a festival T-shirt and three ride passes for her efforts. Second place went to Emily Carpenter, who won $50, a festival T-shirt and two ride passes. Third and fourth place went to Jaide Cox and Kennedy Allen, respectively. Both earned a $25 prize, a T-shirt and one ride pass. The winners are all Indian Valley High School art students of Sara Dittfeld.
The Dover-New Phila Credit Union, the Dover-Phila Kids Club, Smith Ambulance and Brad Moore Exteriors are among the many sponsors helping to make the festival possible. 
“I’m looking forward to getting to see a lot of people I grew up with in town,” Cole said. “It’s a good time, and there will be plenty for everyone to do.”
On the schedule for Friday, June 16 is Vision of Hope registration for the 5K run at Warwick Fire Station at 5 p.m. with the 1-mile walk/run at 6 p.m. and the 5K run at 6:30 p.m.
The Kodachrome Babies will perform from 5-7 p.m. at the entertainment area, the mayor’s presentation will be at 5:30 p.m., the ball tournament at Village Park will be at 6 p.m., the memorabilia auction by auctioneer Rick Keffer will be at 7 p.m. and the Moonlighterz will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight when the midway closes.
The events on Saturday, June 17 will include Bark at TUSCParks, which will start at the end of State Dam Road at 9 a.m. The ball tournament at Village Park will be at 10 a.m., Tuscarawas River Band Acoustic will perform from 3-4 p.m., Jessica Joe and The Valley Outlaws will perform from 5-9 p.m. and the SSIK KISS Tribute Band will perform from 10 p.m. to midnight.
The events on Sunday, June 18 will include the car/motorcycle show registration, which will begin at the east end of School Street at 10 a.m. The car/motorcycle show's public judging will be from 1-3 p.m., the awards presentation for the car and motorcycle show will be at 4:30 p.m., the ball championship games at Village Park will be at 10 a.m., the religious service provided by the Lutheran church will be from 10-11 a.m., Bob Airgood Acoustic will perform from 2-4 p.m. and Mark Heddleston Acoustic will perform from 4-6 p.m. when the midway closes.
For more information go to the Tusky Days Facebook page or visit their website at www.tuskydays.org.

Published: June 12, 2017
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