Summerfest returns to Portage
BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
The 29th Annual Portage Area Summerfest festival will take place Aug. 9-11 at Crichton-McCormick Park, located at 100 Monument Way in Portage.
Duaine Detrick, a member of the festival committee, said the three-day festival is organized by a non-profit organization that consists of volunteers who “work year-round to raise funds to put on the festival.”
Hours for this free, family friendly festival are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
New this year, the committee has planned a concert featuring Lights Out Presents The Jersey Beach Boys. The concert is to begin at 6 p.m. Sunday evening and is sponsored by Portage Chevrolet Buick. Lights Out is a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band that will be using this show to pay tribute to another popular band: The Beach Boys.
The festival’s former “Antique and Classic Car Show” will now be known as “Antique and Classic Car and Motorcycle Cruise.” The cruise is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
“There will not be any judging and trophies (this year),” Detrick said. “Vehicle owners can come whenever they choose. We are happy that the East Hills Kiwanis Club has offered to run the car cruise.”
Approximately 25 food vendors will be set up on the festival grounds; they’ll offer a wide variety ethnic and traditional foods such as pizza, panini sandwiches, crab cakes, chicken tenders, wings, pierogies and more. Desserts such as ice cream, chimney cakes, pies, doughnuts, and gobs can also be purchased.
The live entertainment schedule is as follows (but is subject to change): Friday: Octane from 7 to 10 p.m.; Saturday: K4 Country from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Clay Bowser from noon to 2 p.m., Keystone Drum and Bugle Corps from 3 to 4 p.m., Tombstone from 3 to 6 p.m., Jim Koban from 4 to 5 p.m., Three Of Hearts from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday: Jerry Intihar Band from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kelly Hylton (Elvis Presley impersonator) from noon to 2 p.m., Chris Woodward and Shindiggin’ from 3 to 5 p.m. and Lights Out Jersey Beach Boys from 6 to 8 p.m.
“Once again, there will be an outstanding lineup of top-notch entertainment including rock, country, oldies, polkas, pop and other musical styles,” said Detrick, whose band, Three of Hearts, is to entertain festival-goers Saturday evening.
People can shop at the festival.
“The Portage Area Summerfest has one of the largest arts and crafts shows in the region with over 80 vendor booths,” Detrick said.
This year’s parade, sponsored by Portage Rotary Club, is to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday on Main Street and conclude at Crichton-McCormick Park.
The Portage Area Endowment Fund will hold their $10,000 Community Fundraising Drawing on Sunday.
Other events/activities include: games, Bingo, children’s activities, inflatable rides, Portage Rotary Club’s 5k race and pancake breakfast, golf tournament, raffles and Home Depot’s Kid's Workshop.
A miniature model train display can be viewed at the Portage Station Museum.
Lawn chairs are permitted on the grounds.
Proceeds from the festival and car cruise go to the Portage Area Joint Recreation Commission to help maintain, improve, and manage the Crichton-McCormick Park.
The festival will be held rain or shine. Parking is free.
For more information about the festival, call 814-288-6035 or visit www.portageareasummerfest.com.
“Each year, the committee strives to expand the entertainment, activities, and vendors,” Detrick said. “People enjoy that there is something for everybody. This is one of the premier festivals in the area with a wide variety of entertainment and activities for the entire family in a wonderful park setting. Many organizations and businesses in the Portage area work together and provide support to ensure that the festival continues to be an asset to the area.”