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Clarington Will Host Festival

By Staff | Jun 9, 2010

This is just one of the bikes that will be in the Clarington Sunfish Creek Festival bike show Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. The bike belongs to Gerald Deitch of Clarington. It is a 1988 Sportster built by the late Dane Snively of Powhatan. Snively willed the bike to Deitch after finding out he had cancer. Snively had the engine specially built with nitrous oxide tanks on the sides of the bike. The paint job was done in California and the bike is now being fueled with racing fuel. In memory of Snively, Deitch lets Snively’s bandana hang from the handle bars and inscribed with “In memory of Dane Snively” in on the side of the bike.

The Clarington Sunfish Creek Festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The amusement rides will run from 11 a.m.-dark on Saturday and from noon-4 p.m. on Sunday. There is a craft show and business fair both days from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and noon-4 p.m. on Sunday.

There is entertainment set up for all day Saturday, which features the “Peace Makers” at noon, The “Joy Trio” at 2 p.m., Jessica Schoonover at 3 p.m., and Kirsten Repco at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., there is a street dance featuring “Attaboy Luther,” formerly known as “Cliff Palace.” Most of the churches and businesses of Clarington are all getting involved.

The fire department is sponsoring the parade on Saturday at 4 p.m., with line-up at 3 p.m. at the Clarington Cemetery. They are also having a chicken and rib B-BQ, with the chicken being cooked by “CR’s Chicken & Ribs,” owned by Bob and Cindy Kernik.

There will be a flea market at the fire house Saturday and Bingo at 1 p.m. on Sunday. There will be wagon and carriage rides throughout the weekend to shuttle people to the many different events happening in town.

A horseshoe tournament starts at 1 p.m. Saturday with sign-ups at 12:30 p.m. The entrance fee is $5. The tournament will be at the park on the north end of town.

This 1952 Chevy pick-up will be featured in the Clarington Sunfish Creek Festival Custom Car Cruise-in. The truck is owned by Tom Gates of Clarington. It has a Chevy Camaro Engine and transmission. The paint job was done by Joe Repco, also of Clarington. The Car Cruise-In will be Sunday from 1-4 p.m. There will be a live broadcast of the car cruise-in on WETZ 99.5 radio.

The Immanuel UCC is having a Christian Rock band called “New Day” that starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The corn hole tournament will start at noon with sign-ups at 11:30 p.m. and the fee is $10 per couple.

There will also be food at the church. There will be a menu board posted in the middle of town and food to satisfy everyone’s palate. The Clarington Ball Association is having t-ball games and seven- and eight-year-olds playing ball all day Saturday. Stop at the ball field and take in a game. The little ones are the best players to watch. They bring that feeling of the All-American life, with baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie. Remember those days?

The bike show starts at noon on Saturday, with sign-ins starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Union Hall Parking lot. There will be a disc jockey at the bike show, sponsored by the Claire Tavern. On Sunday, from noon-4 p.m., will be the car cruise-speaking of “those good old days!”

In addition, there will be a live radio broadcast on Magic 99.5 from the car cruise sponsored by Grisell Funeral Homes, Ohio Valley CCU, and Old Well Greenhouse. The new Ohio River Museum will be opening its doors to the public for the first time during the festival. This year’s proceeds are going to the development of Broken Timber Park along Sunfish Creek.