Summerfest's 'new' contests back by popular demand

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Garrettsville Summerfest is celebrating its 10th year. The theme is "Rockin to Rebuild," with a portion of the proceeds going to the #GarrettsvilleStrong Fund.

Last year, Summerfest added a coloring contest, an essay contest and a photo scavenger hunt. They were so popular they have brought them back again this year.

The coloring contest is children 10 and younger, divided into four age groups. Visit the website at www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com for the picture to be colored. Colored pictures are due by 4 p.m. June 24 at the Weekly Villager, 8088 Main St.

Prizes will be awarded at the opening ceremonies on June 27. Colored pictures will also be displayed in storefront windows during the festival.

For the essay contest, entrants need to choose one of the following topics: 1) What the past 10 years of Summerfest has meant or 2) How the fire has impacted the individual on the changes the town has and will experience.

Ten- to 12-year-olds will need a 50- to 100-word essay; 13- to 18-year-olds will write a 200-word essay; and adults 19 and older will write 300-word essays.

Mail or drop off essays by 4 p.m. June 20 at the Weekly Villager, 8088 Main St., Garrettsville, OH 44231. Drop-off days are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

All essays should be typed. No emailed essays will be accepted. Winning essays will be displayed during the festival and prizes will be awarded during opening ceremonies.

For the photo scavenger hunt, participants will take pictures of items on the list, which is available at the information tent at the time of registration.

The contest will run all weekend until 2 p.m. June 29.

Entrants take photos of at least 25 items on the list with one member of their group in each photo. When the list is completed, those participating will take their phone/camera to the information tent for verification.

Those with at least 25 items will be entered into a drawing for festival bucks and for one free car raffle ticket. Winners will be drawn at 3 p.m. June 29.

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