Kickin’ Summer Bash set to begin Friday

By Charlene Hoeflich

June 13, 2014

POMEROY — Entertainment, games, food and fun.

That about describes Kickin’ Summer Bash, which gets under way Friday and goes until midnight Saturday.

The festival will feature everything from river activities — a ski relays to kayak and canoe races — to “anything that floats” contests. There will also be a river rescue demonstration.

Activities begin at 5 p.m. with a patriotic opening by Drew Webster Post 39 American Legion. Following that, there will be cruise-in on Court Street for cars and trucks from 5 to 8 p.m.

Entertainment in the amphitheatre begins at 5:45 p.m. with a local band. Then from 8 to 11 p.m., KLASIK Heat takes the stage from 8 to 11 p.m.

On Saturday beginning at noon, activities for children will get under way in the lower parking area and continue throughout the day.

There will be games, a variety of contests and face painting, all for free for the younger set. Inflatables will be in place on both Friday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, activities will begin down by the river. Registration for the competitive river activities will begin at 11:30 a.m. The action begins at noon with the kayak and canoe races. At 12:30 p.m., the jet ski relay race will take place, and at 1 p.m. the “anything that floats” contest begins. The river rescue demonstration takes place immediately after that, at about 1:30 p.m.

Roy Clark Jr. will be performing in the amphitheater from 2 to 2:45 p.m., and again from 3:30 to 4:a5 p.m. Between his performances will be a tune for the kids to showcase their talent, which will be judged with cash prizes going to the winners.

There will be unannounced entertainment on the stage from 5 to 6:30 p.m., a performance by the Meigs Marauder Band from 6:45 to 8:45. At dusk, a boaters’ light parade will be take place on the river, and to wrap up the festival Todd Berry, an Elvis impersonator and other artists will entertainment from 9 p.m. to the festival closing at 11:30 p.m.