Cy Young is the measuring stick by which all other pitchers are judged. His legacy continues to live on in his hometown of Newcomerstown as the festival designated in his honor is this week.
The first night of the festival features the crowning of the festival's royalty, including mini king, mini queen, princess, junior queen and queen, on Wednesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. at the River of Life auditorium in the Christ United Methodist Church, 648 Oak St., Newcomerstown.
On Friday, June 26, the festival will feature the annual Youth League Auction where money raised will go towards the local youth league that consists of 300 to 400 boys and girls from ages 5 to 15. Steve Cronebaugh from Dale Gress Real Estate will serve as auctioneer.
The evening is rounded out with musical entertainment from bands such as Lake Erik, Zen Cowboys and Karaoke music from local disc jockeys.
The annual Cy Young Run kicks off Saturday's events at Cy Young Park, along with a corn hole tournament on Canal Street. A Hit-a-Thon is planned for 9 a.m. at the Youth League Fields.
The Grand Parade this year will feature parade Grand Marshal Jim Perry. Perry, who started his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1959, won the 1970 AL Cy Young Award when he posted a record of 24-12.
His brother, Gaylord, was the honored Cy Young Award winner at Cy Young Days in 2006. Other honored baseball players in years past have included Len Barker, Kevin Ritz, Rich Rollins, Ferguson Jenkins and Dean Chance.
After the parade at 6 p.m., Jim Perry will be signing autographs and meeting fans at the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center in Newcomerstown.
Musical entertainment will conclude the night's events. The band Sneeky Peek will perform from 8 to 11 p.m.
A breakfast, featuring Jim Perry, will start Sunday's activities at the Laborers' Local 134 Hall at 9 a.m. Guests will enjoy breakfast, as well as hear stories from Perry about his days in Major League Baseball. Tickets for the breakfast are $10 for adults and $6 for children under age 12.
An old-fashioned baseball game with the Dover Red Legs against local coaches will be played at noon at Cy Young Park.
Car show registration and Family Fun Day with games for the entire family will start at 1 p.m. The car show will officially start at 3 p.m., along with the pet show which is sponsored by the Animal Medical & Surgical Center and Dr. Neal Heilman.
Car show trophies will be presented at 5 p.m.
For information on the festival, call 498-4545 or visit www.cyyoungdaysfestival.com.
To learn more about Cy Young, visit the room dedicated to his life and career in the Temperance Tavern Museum, Canal Street, Newcomerstown.