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Cedarville plans Pirates Day Festival

Cedarville’s first Pirates Day Festival will be July 19 at the city park.

Pirates Day will be the first festival held in Cedarville and will include food, vendors, games, activities for all ages, and opportunities for residents to meet their city officials, said Blayne Irvin, Cedarville police chief and festival organizer.

“Cedarville never had anything like that, that I know of,” Irvin said. “Pretty much, it’s just a smaller version of Old Timers Day.”

Irvin is referring to the annual arts and crafts festival held on Main Street in Van Buren, and Pirates Day, named after the Cedarville School District mascot, has many of the same elements.

With no vendor fees, more than 40 vendors already have signed up for the festival and will be arranged along the city park’s quarter-mile walking trail, Irvin said.

Vendors booths will have everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, to carnival-style games for prizes, to arts and crafts, Irvin said. There also will be sno cones and a food vendor will be selling barbecue, hamburgers and hot dogs, he said.

“Believe it or not, there’s not one vendor that has the same thing,” Irvin said, and added that vendor space is still open.

Also at the festival will be a live bee display, bounce arounds for kids, a dunking booth and 4-H displays.

Live music will be held throughout the day, Irvin said. Two bands have signed up to perform and Irvin is looking for more talent to join them.

A horseshoe tournament, watermelon eating competition and a semi-professional wrestling match are in the works, he said.

Disabled parking will be at the park and regular parking at City Hall.

“It’s just a good, fun, family event,” Irvin said. “And it’s free.”

Past community events, such as Family Day in the Park held last summer, have been successful, and residents seemed interested in having a festival, said Mayor Glenanna O’Mara.

Irvin organized the event to bring the community together and give residents a chance to get to know their city officials, he said.

Members of the police department, fire department and city council, and O’Mara will be on hand to meet with residents and answer questions about things happening in the city, Irvin said.

“I’ve very much looking forward to this,” O’Mara said. “I think the whole community is.”

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