Zanesville Lions Club Summer Fest Saturday

Steve Whetstone mans the grill, cooking up bratwurst and toppings at the Zanesville Ballpark during the Zanesville Lions Club Summer Festival last year. Food and other treats will again be offered at this year’s festival, set for Saturday, July 28.
Steve Whetstone mans the grill, cooking up bratwurst and toppings at the Zanesville Ballpark during the Zanesville Lions Club Summer Festival last year. Food and other treats will again be offered at this year’s festival, set for Saturday, July 28. TAB file photo.

There will be wheels – and deals – throughout the town of Zanesville Saturday, July 28, as the Lions Club Summer Festival gets underway. Lions Club member Melba Edwards says there are plenty of opportunities for people to not only come view the events planned for the day, but also sign up and become part of the festivities.

New this year is a co-ed softball tourney, which will be held at the Lions Club Ball Diamond, Edwards says.

“We’ve always had a softball tournament on Homespun Day,” “Then last year we ended up using the traveling teams because they couldn’t get a co-ed (team) together. But now this year, I think we’ve got enough teams.”

Four teams have signed up so far to play in the tournament.

During the games, the concession stand will offer brats and onion rings prepared by members of the Zanesville Community Church of God and apple dumplings and root beer floats made by the Zanesville Lions Club.

Around the corner, at the Zanesville United Methodist Church, the Lions Club Car Show gets going with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. and going until noon. The “low cost” entry fee includes a dash plaque for the first 50 cars to sign up, with 43 trophies to be awarded to Best of Show, People’s Choice, “Top 10” and other categories. Vehicles who take honorable mention will receive a medallion, Edwards says.

Those who register by calling Kenny Edwards at 638-4327 before the show day will also receive a discount off their entry fee.

During the car show, DJ Rich McCoy will spin the tunes and conduct a cornhole toss and hula hoop contest with prizes for the winners of those events.

A biscuits and gravy breakfast will be served during the car show, plus there will be aa variety of “healthy” snacks. There will also be a vendor offering jewelry and apparel, with proceeds helping to combat human trafficking. The booth also serves as a fund-raiser for the Lions Club, Edwards says.

Those who prefer a little more leisurely set of wheels can take a free horse-drawn wagon ride through town, and children can jump aboard the Holley’s free kiddy train rides. Both start from Zanesville United Methodist Church.
While taking the tour, shoppers can spy out the garage sales they’ll want to stop at afterward. The sales open up at 8 a.m. both Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. Organizer Diana Miller says she has at least 15 people who are planning to have sales and expects more to pop up on Saturday. Registration is free and will be accepted through Friday by calling her at 705-0534.

“This would be our fourth year to do this and every year has been pretty successful for people having garage sales,” she adds. “I’m hopeful that we’ll have quite a few like we did last year.”

After the festival has wound down, people are invited to attend the 90th birthday party of Zanesville native Tom Walton – even if they don’t know him, Edwards says. The party will begin at 3 p.m. and last until 6 p.m. at Zanesville United Methodist Church.

“He wants to have everybody that’s at the festival come to his birthday party so he can beat out one of his friends and have the record of the most people at his birthday party,” Edwards says. “Tom Walton’s been around here most of his life … He’s had a colorful life.”

For more information about the Zanesville Lions Club Summer Festival contact Edwards at 638-4327.