This year's ninth annual Cy Young Days Festival promises to have many new and exciting activities for visitors to enjoy.
"There's lots of new things at the festival this year," Janet Chaney, Cy Young Days Festival Committee member, said. The festival runs June 24-27 in downtown Newcomerstown.
A live basket auction with 10 numbered baskets, which are Amish-made baskets by Miller Family Baskets, will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The basket lids will also have a special festival design on the top. There will also be 10 other baskets available for purchase but those will not be numbered. The auction will take place Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m. at the Canal Street stage.
"There's a band on Thursday night -- that's also new this year," said Gary Chaney, Cy Young Days Festival treasurer.
Silver Eclipse will perform Thursday, June 24 at 8 p.m. at the Canal Street stage.
New Saturday, June 26 is a live demonstration from "Oh Boy" chainsaw wood carver Fred Gromley from Lisbon. He will have two live shows (the second show is Sunday, June 27 at noon) where he demonstrates his craft of sculpting by using a chainsaw. Gromley's visit to Newcomerstown is sponsored by Dick's Place.
The Grand Parade will be also be Saturday night with former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher and 1960 Cy Young Award winner Vern Law to serve as the parade's Grand Marshal.
Law, who debuted with the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 11, 1950, played more than 17 years in the major leagues.
In case of inclement weather, the parade will be moved to Sunday with line-up at 9:30 a.m. and the parade will move at 10:30 a.m.
Following the parade, Law will sign autographs and meet fans at the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center in Newcomerstown.
The next day, Sunday, June 27, a special luncheon with Law will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the Laborers Local 134 Hall, the corner of Main and River streets. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 11.
Tickets can be purchased from Cy Young Committee members, Ed Gibson, Gary and Janet Chaney, Corey and Debbie Rehard, Ron Porcher, John Cole, Greg Bowman, Jeff Neidig, Jim Friel, Connie Patterson and Dick Miller. Reservations can also be made by calling 498-4545.
Also that day, there will be a wine tasting from Yellow Butterfly Winery in Newcomerstown at 2 p.m. at Dick's Place.
Besides new activities, several crowd-pleasing events return this year. The queens' pageant will be Tuesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church in Newcomerstown.
The Youth League Auction will be Friday, June 25 at 7 p.m. at the Laborers Local 134 Hall.
Karaoke, Cy Young Run, Hit-A-Thon, rides, concessions, cornhole tournament, live music, car show, pet show and an old-fashioned baseball game are all scheduled.
If inclement weather, most events will be moved inside the Laborers Local 134 Hall, corner of River and Main streets.
"People should come to the festival because it's fun and it's a great opportunity to mingle with your neighbors," Janet Chaney said.
The festival, which memorializes the great Cy Young, celebrates youth baseball in Newcomerstown. In years past, such baseball greats as Kevin Ritz, Lenny Barker, Rich Rollins, Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins, Dean Chance and Jim Perry, have served as the festival's grand marshals.
More information about the Cy Young Days Festival may be found at www.cyyoungdaysfestival.com or you can join them on Facebook.