The 2016 Galena Summerfest and 2016 Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds, better known to Big Walnut High School Spanish language students as Dos Festivales, are this Saturday; and both events are hosting a variety of vendors, featuring live music, have plenty of children’s activities and food, and feature outside beer gardens for adults.
Throughout the day and evening both festivals will be connected via a free shuttle bus running on a continuous loop between Sunbury and Galena, allowing patrons to park one time and visit both events.
Last year over 15,000 central Ohioans visited the twin events, and organizers say this year they expect to exceed that number.
During Galena Summerfest, the entire Galena Village Square will be reserved for pedestrians; with outdoor beer consumption limited to the secure, ID’d, wrist banded beer garden just off the square.
Live bands will perform on a stage facing the square and play will into the evening. Featured at Summerfest are Samantha Gibb, Fox Valley Harvest, Arnett Howard, and Noah Witherspoon, with a special 11 a.m. set to launch Summerfest 2016 by local singer Tammy Knight.
There will be a Kidz Zone on the Square, Pony Rides, a Caricature Artist, a Balloon Twisting Clown, Face Painter, Crafts, and Galena Village Historic Wagon Tours at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m.
There will be a host of food vendors around Galena Square, and to beat the heat, many Summerfest patrons choose to step inside Mudflats Bar & Grill for a meal and libations.
For additional Galena Summerfest information go to < galenasummerfest.com >.
There’s an old bromide that if you want to guarantee drawing a crowd for an event, provide the big three – live music, good food, and beer.
Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds has all three, and this year’s event will have beer from 2 p.m. until 11 p.m., thanks to an extension of outdoor beer garden hours approved by Sunbury Village Council.
“The first year we had 3,000 people attend, last year 15,000 people,” said Big Walnut Civic Association member Theresa Dronsfield. “2016 is Sunbury’s 200th birthday, so for the bicentennial we’re planning sounds of the eras throughout the day – 2:30 the 60’s, 4 p.m. the 70’s, 5:30 the 80’s.”
Dronsfield said this year’s Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds will have more police officers on duty, and beer garden ID checks have been tightened; and everyone working in the beer garden takes a class prior to the event to ensure there are few problems.
On stage during Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds will be 17th Floor, Nashville Crush, Reaganomics, Ryan Notes, Courtney Cowart, Disco Inferno, Funky Waters, and local talent Tamela Knight and Brittany Hatfield.
There will be a Kids Zone on Village Square from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., plenty of food vendors, and sit-down meals and a full service bar will be available at the Firehouse Tavern.
For additional information about Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds go to < sunburysizzleandsounds.com >.
Both festivals begin at 11 a.m., last call is at 10:30 p.m., the festivals shut down at 11 p.m.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.