Zanesville festival gets new name and date

The summer festival in Zanesville has a new name and a new date.

The Zanesville Lions Club Summer Festival will be held on July 29, featuring a car show and a baseball tournament as well as vendor booths, a garage sale and food — but no parade.

The new festival is the successor to Homespun Day, which had traditionally been held over the Labor Day weekend.

Homespun Day fell victim to a lack of willing volunteers, says Melba Edwards, who has worked on both the old and the new festivals.

“We looked for people to volunteer,” she says, “and nobody did.”

And it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to get participants for the parade, which in itself is a lot of work to organize, she adds.

“Last year, there was only like three people who did the organizing, and it was the Lions Club mostly,” she says.

A date of July 29 was selected for the new event because there are no competing activities in the area that weekend, Edwards says, and in anticipation of good weather.

“That’s supposed to be a good weekend, according to the Farmer’s Almanac,” she says.

Signups are already being accepted for the Lions Club Car Show and from  dealers who want to set up booths for flea market items, antiques, crafts, arts, displays and advertising.

Entry forms for the car show are available at County Line Pizza in Zanesville, at the concession stand during games at the Zanesville ball park or by calling Edwards at 638-4327.

Registration the day of the car show is from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m.

The first 50 entries will receive dash plaques. The show, to be held at Zanesville United Methodist Church, will include a 50/50 drawing, door prizes and music by DJ Rich McCoy.

Vendor booths will be set up at Zanesville United Methodist Church, with both inside and outside spaces available. Vendors should contact Marti Wilson at 715-2378 to reserve a space.

Town-wide garage sales will also be held on July 29. To have a garage sale listed in festival materials, contact Diana Miller at 705-0534.

The festival will also include free horse and wagon rides and kiddie train rides, sponsored by County Line Pizza.

The Aces, a traveling baseball team of 13-year-olds from Zanesville, will sponsor the baseball tournament on July 28, 29 and 30.

Concessions at the park will include brats and onion rings by the Zanesville Church of God and apple dumplings and root beer floats by the Zanesville Lions Club.