June in Olde Williamsburgh was a fun-packed weekend

June 8th, 2012    Author: Kristin Bednarski    Filed Under: News

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Danni Lynn Naegele, 1, of Sardinia, enjoys a ride at June in Olde Williamsburgh June 3. The festival featured rides, food vendors, live music, a car show and more June 1-3.

une in Olde Williamsburgh attracted big crowds June 1-3 with a variety of activities and entertainment for people of all ages.

“From the parade on Friday to the fireworks on Saturday night and the car show on Sunday, what more could you ask for?” Mayor Mary Ann Lefker, said about the event. “We probably had a record crowd on Saturday.”

The annual festival kicked off with the parade June 1 and featured carnival rides, games, live musical entertainment, fireworks, a 5k run, a cornhole tournament, vendors, food booths, a car show and more.

“We love it,” Tim Pierce, of Mt. Orab, said about the festival. “We love the car show, they have got a lot of cars.”

A slew of flashy cars were on display for the car show on Sunday and residents were able to take a look at the different cars and enjoy the festival.

“I do it every year,” Geoffrey Rutherford, a Bethel resident, said about participating in the car show. “I grew up around here.”

Many people said they return to Williamsburg for the festival each year.

“I am from the town and I get to see people I went to school with,” Julie Kretten, of Williamsburg, said.

Kretten said it is also nice because she can bring her children and they have a blast riding the rides and playing games.

“It truly is a homecoming event for the entire community,” Lefker said about the festival.

Lefker said even though it was cooler on Friday night, the weather turned out to be perfect for the event. She said many of the vendors said they were pleased with the turnout.

“This has been our best weekend,” Paula Cole, a vendor who featured her shop, Decisions, at the festival, said.

Cole said she is from Brown County but she enjoys being a vendor at June in Olde Williamsburgh. She said the festival was busy this year, especially on Saturday, and people seemed to be spending a lot of money.

Lefker said everything ran smoothly over the weekend, thanks to the June in Olde Williamsburgh Committee.

“The committee has the organization of the event so finely tuned,” Lefker said. “Everyone knows their roles.”

Lefker said the village supports and assists with the festival but the committee, which includes Mike Gregory, Traci Schueler-Hurst, Terri Ousley, Jerry Hurst, Cathy Shaffer, Amy Gregory, Jay Reidel, Rachel Lefker and Patti Bates, is responsible for putting the event on each year.

“The organizers are the ones who make it happen,” Lefker, said. “They do an awesome, awesome job.”

For more information about June in Olde Williamsburg visit www.juneinoldewilliamsburgh.org.

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