Friday, August 29, 2014

Wellsville Days set to draw back loyal townsfolk

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 9/16/2013

WELLSVILLE ­— A lot of familiar faces will be seen this weekend, Amanda Donovan said.

“It is just neat to be down on the bricks of Main Street, and a lot of people come back,” Donovan, a Wellsville Days committee member, said. ”You see a lot of familiar faces.”

WELLSVILLE ­— A lot of familiar faces will be seen this weekend, Amanda Donovan said.

“It is just neat to be down on the bricks of Main Street, and a lot of people come back,” Donovan, a Wellsville Days committee member, said. ”You see a lot of familiar faces.”

Wellsville Days is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, beginning 6 p.m. Friday with the Epic Clue Scavenger Hunt. An entry fee for the event is required.

“[The scavenger hunt] is really fun,” Donovan said. “You can have five to six people in a car, and at least one person has to be 21 or older.”

The scavenger hunt begins at Wellsville City Hall, 411 Main St., and according to the Wellsville Days website, 75 percent of the entry fees go to the winning car.

Most of the festival’s events are Saturday, beginning with an 11 a.m. parade. The event’s theme is “A Walk Through Time,” and people are encouraged to share their favorite decade through fashion and decoration. Donovan, who has been on the committee for three years, said people always are enthusiastic about the parade.

“People really try to win the crowd favorite float,” she said. “It’s just fun because crews put in a lot of effort. We have a different theme every year.”

The Crowd Favorite Float of the Year receives a $500 cash prize, and ballots need to be in to the event staff by 4:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the website.

Several other events and vendors are open throughout the day, including a Quilt Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wellsville High School, 602 Walnut St., an exotic petting zoo beginning at 9 a.m., a Kiddie Parade at 11 a.m. from Casey’s to Auburn Pharmacy, 601 Main St., and a free photo booth from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“In the past, we have had a monkey, a baby kangaroo and a baby camel [at the petting zoo] that you can feed,” Donovan said. “That is where the ‘exotic’ comes from.”

Food and other vendors also will be set up throughout the day. More than 80 vendors are set to participate this year, Donovan said.

Two stages, the Platinum Sponsor stage and Buckeye Supply Co. stage, both at Fifth and Main streets, are expected to be the scenes of entertainment into the evening. The Buckeye Supply Co. stage will play host to local talent and group performances from 12:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. including the Wellsville Elementary kindergartners at 12:15 p.m., the Wellsville Dance Team at 12:30 p.m., “My Dog has Talent” dog show at 2:30 p.m. and Bud’s Barn Buddies bluegrass concert at 3 p.m. After local talent, Otto Auctioneering takes the stage at 5:30 p.m. and Outlaw Country performs at 6 p.m. There also will be a puppet show at 1 p.m. on the Wellsville City Library lawn, 115 W. Sixth St., in honor of the library’s 25th anniversary.

The Platinum Sponsor stage is set to feature the Sweet 16 competition ceremony, sponsored by Friends of the Wellsville City Library, at 7 p.m. Donovan said the competition for the girls has been going on for the past few weeks. The girls decorated and set up cups in Wellsville in which people place money. The girl who raises the most money wins, with all of the money raised going toward the library.

“There is criteria on when you turn 16,” Donovan said. “The girls get dressed up Saturday and talk about what they are involved in.”

Following the Sweet 16 ceremony and award presentations, a free concert featuring Beatles tribute band “Liverpool” is scheduled for 8 p.m.

“They dress the part and are fun to watch,” Donovan said.

A worship service and potluck is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday at Saddle Club Park.

Wellsville Days is special for the community, Donovan said, and a lot of local people enjoy one of they city’s big events each year.

“We still have people who are loyal to Wellsville,” she said.

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