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Wayne Post
  • To do this weekend: Festival in the Park introduces new events

  • The 22nd annual Walworth Festival in the Park will be Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28.

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  • The 22nd annual Walworth Festival in the Park will be Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28.
    Event highlights
    1 The festival opens at 5 p.m. Friday night with food vendors and booths with games and information from local groups. The Grand Parade “Christmas in July”
    begins at 7 p.m. Bingo runs from 8 to 10:30 p.m. and the band “Flint Creek” will perform from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.  
    2 5k Race/Walk – “Festival Five”, sponsored by Steinmiller Insurance, begins at a new time this year starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Also new this year is the craft show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food booths open at 11 a.m. and games at 1 p.m. Wayne County Sheriff’s K-9 Demonstration and State Police – Seat Belt Demonstration – “Convincer” both start at 3 p.m. Also beginning at 3 p.m. is Community Worship – Walworth Council of Churches and Bingo. The Community Band Under the Direction of Craig Wert plays from 5 to 7 p.m. and from 4 to 9 p.m. kids can enjoy Adventures in Climbing featuring a bounce house, obstacle course and giant slide. Bring a lawn chair for the outdoor movie, “Puss N Boots” beginning at 8:45 p.m. Fire works light up at 10:15 p.m.
    3 Kan-Jam Tournament – Benefit for Multiple Sclerosis Society is the new big event of the festival this year. A.T.H.L.E.T.I.C. will be hosting the event in Ginegaw Park. Teams can register on the day of the tournament starting at 10 a.m. Saturday for $30 per team, with prizes totaling over $500. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
    The Kan-Jam is being put on by Michael Pompa in the Chapter’s “Do It Yourself” program that allows people to come up with their own creative ways of raising money.
    Here’s how it works: Teams will be placed in divisions. Each team will play as many different opponents in their division as they can in the 3-hour pool play stage from 1 to 4 p.m. During this time, games will be played to 15 points and teams will record their own win-loss results on a standings sheet given to them at the start of the event. Once pool play is complete, the top teams from each division will enter a single-elimination tournament; The amount of teams entering the single-elimination tournament will be contingent upon the number of registered teams. The first two rounds of the single elimination tournament will be Best-of-3 Series, played to 21 points. The following round(s) will be Best-of-5-Series, played to 21 points. The last round(s) will be Best-of-5-Series, played to 21 points. Cash prizes and payout places will depend on number of entries.
    “Do-It-Yourself Fundraising is an opportunity for people with a deep commitment to the MS cause to raise awareness and critical funds for the MS movement in new and creative ways,” said Chapter Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Ashley Greenman. “DIY events allow you to be creative with how you chose to make your mark against MS. People have been coming up with traditional, unique and sometimes downright bizarre fundraising ideas. The Kan Jam Tournament will be a first for us, in terms of DIY Fundraising. Michael has said if it’s successful, he will make this an annual event.”
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    Special sponsors are Constellation Energy and Mark’s Pizza. Admission and parking are free. The Walworth Lions thank all who sponsored and helped make this event possible
    If you go
    WHAT Walworth Festival in the Park
    WHEN Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28
    WHERE Ginegaw Park on Penfield Road
    COST Free
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