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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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
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    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
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    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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