"It gives us more exposure," said Janet Chaney, chairman of the Cy Young Days Festival in Newcomerstown about joining the Ohio Festivals and Events Association, and "access to more ideas."

The Cy Young Days Festival has been accepted and invited to join the Ohio Festivals and Events Association located in London, Ohio. The festival's membership officially starts Dec. 1.

The purpose of the Ohio Festivals and Events Association is: To promote tourism in Ohio through festivals and events; to promote membership festivals and events collectively on a statewide effort; to exchange ideas among members with respect to festival and event operations; to increase the communication process by providing cooperation and supportive effort between various festivals and events; to provide education to the public and private sources regarding festivals and events in Ohio; and to give, teach, and exchange information and knowledge of operational vehicles required to be a successful festival or event in the State of Ohio.

To become a member, the Cy Young Festival had to complete an application form, send in money with the application and members of the association visited this past year's festival, as well as attended several events at the festival. They then voted to have the Cy Young Days Festival join the association.

For the first year, the Cy Young Days Festival is on "probation" with the organization and has no voting rights on matters that may come before the group. Also, representatives from the Cy Young Days Festival Committee must attend two out of three statewide meetings a year to maintain membership and the association will re-visit the Cy Young Days Festival each year they are a member.

"We'll (the festival) be listed in many more publications," said Gary Chaney, treasurer of the Cy Young Days Festival.

The 2011 Cy Young Days Festival will mark more than 10 years of having the festival in Newcomerstown. The festival is set for June 23-26, 2011.

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, Jim Perry and Vern Law, have served as the festival's grand marshals.

The festival committee meets the second Monday of the month at Dick's Place in Newcomerstown at 7:30 p.m. New members are always welcome.

The committee is also planning a fund-raiser Halloween Fest Oct. 22, 23, 29 and 30 at the Cy Young Youth League ballfield. Hay rides, pumpkin painting and costume contest are planned. Volunteers are needed to help with the fund-raiser. To volunteer, call the Chaneys at 498-4545.

More information about the Cy Young Days Festival may be found at www.cyyoungdaysfestival.com or you can join them on Facebook.