GALLIPOLIS — With the summer season finally under way and people popping out of their homes to enjoy the weather and season festivities, here is a brief overlook at some upcoming events for locals and travelers to enjoy.
With the Gallia County Relay for Life over and Party in the Park having passed this last weekend, there is still plenty of action to be had for those looking to have a good time in the summer sun.
The Ohio Chautauqua will be visiting Gallipolis once again with five different historical figures played by scholars underneath the red tent in Gallipolis City Park from June 21-25. Events will be at Bossard Memorial Library in the morning at 10:30 a.m. the respective days of Chautauqua for children, while adults can visit another workshop at 2:30 p.m. Local music and entertainment will be in City Park at 6:45 p.m. each evening.
Gallipolis’ annual River Recreation Festival will July 3-4 with a fanfare of local music and fireworks to celebrate the birth of American independence. Children and teenagers are encouraged to take part in the River Recreation Festival Queen Scholarship Pageant and Junior Miss Pageant. Inflatables will be available for children to scramble upon. A talent show as well as parade are also expected to attract crowds. A wiener dog race will be held Sunday and the return of the festival’s “Kid Zone” will be both Sunday and Monday, instead of its normal one-day focus.
The return of three-on-three basketball featured by The Hoop Project will bounce into motion along First Avenue by Gallipolis City Park on July 16. Teams of all ages from both inside and outside of Ohio will compete for bragging rights in their divisions. All games with have referees and each team is guaranteed three games. The deadline to register is July 11 by 6 p.m. Participants can also register for the dunk competition.
Gallipolis in Bloom will be hosting its judges’ reception at The Colony Club in Gallipolis, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. as America in Bloom judges appear to take in local beautification efforts. The “Bloom” competition has earned Gallipolis national awards in its past and volunteers are optimistic in bringing Gallipolis back to the national stage.
The summer winds down just before school goes back into session with the Gallia County Junior Fair on Aug. 1-6. It begins with the Gallia County Queens Pageant at 9:30 p.m. with 10 contestants vying for the crown — Abby Wood, Allie Clagg, Alyssa Stapleton, Caitlin Caldwell, Catelynn Aker, Jayla Williams, Kaylee Lambert, Mikayla Poling, Noelle Gibson and Peyton Browning.
Entertainment during fair week includes Big Daddy Weave on Aug. 2; Chase Bryant on Aug. 3; Tucker Beathard on Aug. 4; Riverside Cloggers, followed by local band StillWater on Aug. 5; and Rick K and the Allnighters featuring the Mad Drummer on Aug. 6.
Be on the lookout for more events this summer in the Daily Tribune.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.