Fayette's Bullthistle Festival coming 2012.07.25

Written by David Green.

A magician and a folk singer are the stage attractions at this year’s Royal Bullthistle Festival in Fayette Aug. 4 in Normal Grove Park.

A full day of entertainment and eating is planned, starting with the parade and wrapping up with Phantom Firework’s annual show at Harrison Lake.

In between comes the bullthistle judging, food, softball, basketball, arts and crafts and more.

Joseph Helfrich of Bradford, Ohio, known simply as “Joseph,” will perform from 1 to 2 p.m. and again from 3 to 4 p.m. Joseph is a folk singer, multi-instrumentalist and storyteller with more than 25 years experience in entertaining. He has worked as a full-time musician since 1992.

Joseph specializes in vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, recorders and the mountain dulcimer. His programs include a wide variety of musical styles as well as a healthy dose of humor.

Ann Arbor magician Jeff Wawrzaszek takes over at 2 p.m. with a humorous magic show aimed at children, but still enjoyable for adults in the audience.

The Bullthistle Parade begins at 11 a.m., with the theme “We are Bullish on Bullthistles.” There’s still time to create a parade entry. Call 419/237-2830 or 237-3061 for information.

Look for art on sale made by members of the Black Swamp Artists Guild, plus numerous creations in the arts and crafts area.

The chicken barbecue begins at noon in the park, and several other food booths will be serving throughout the afternoon.

Bullthistle judging gets underway at 1 p.m., including the awarding of the people’s choice Frank Wilson memorial trophy.

One final event after festival day is scheduled Sunday morning at 10:30 when the community church service begins in the Grove.

There’s also an event on the day before the festival begins. On Friday, Aug. 3, the Fayette United Methodist Church will sponsor its annual ice cream social and dinner at the Opera House from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The Fulton County Red Cross breakfast at the Fayette American Legion was canceled for this year.

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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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