The tenth annual Cy Young Days Festival is planned for this weekend in downtown Newcomerstown (June 23-26).
The festival takes place each year and honors Cy Young and the game he loved. A portion of the proceeds from the festival helps support the local Cy Young Youth League which provides summer baseball and softball activities to approximately 300 to 400 boys and girls, ages 4 to 15.
Cy Young was born March 29, 1867, in Gilmore, near Newcomerstown. Being a farm boy, he worked hard at his chores but tried to find time for baseball. Farm work kept him strong all of his life, which in the off season and after his retirement, was spent in the Newcomerstown area.
"The festival pays tribute to our famed major league pitcher -- Cy Young," said Janet Chaney, organizer of the Cy Young Days Festival. "We are honored to remember him with this festival held in his honor."
The festival kicks-off Tuesday (June 22) with the crowning of the festival's royal court at 7 p.m. in the River of Life Center, Christ United Methodist Church, Newcomerstown. The queen will receive two $500 scholarships as part of her bounty of prizes. The first scholarship is $500 which is donated by the Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce. The second scholarship is also $500 and is applied towards her education at Kent State Tuscarawas, if she chooses to attend. Admission to the crowning of the royal court is $5 per person.
Other festival highlights include local bands which will provide entertainment on Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m.
On Friday, June 23, the Dirty Mule band will perform at 7 p.m.
This year's grand marshal is Bob "Bullet" Turley, a right-handed pitcher and a 1958 Cy Young Award winner.
"We are excited to once again bring a major league baseball player to Newcomerstown," said Chaney. "Bob Turley will share stories of his major league career during a special luncheon at the festival on Saturday (June 25)."
He will speak at a luncheon on Saturday, June 25 at noon in the Laborers Local Union Hall, corner of River and Main streets.
Turley will speak and sign autographs after the luncheon. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 498-4545 or 498-0326.
The parade line-up will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday in and around the high school parking lot on Oak and Beaver streets, the parade will begin at 5 p.m. The parade award winners will be announced on Main Street during the parade.
There will be an auction of Cy Young Days Festival commemorative baskets at 7 p.m. that night. These baskets are made by the Amish near Peoli.
The band "Sneeky Peek" will play starting at 8 p.m.
The car show on Main Street will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 26, as well as the Hit-A-Thon on the Youth League fields off Neighbor Street.
In past years, the festival has been honored to have the following former major league baseball players attend the festival: Len Barker, Kevin Ritz, Rich Rollins, Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins, Dean Chance, Jim Perry and Vern Law.
More information about the festival can be found at www.cyyoungdaysfestival.com.