2017-07-27 / Front Page

Summerfest Offers Fun at Rudyard

By Debra Petkus

Human strength versus machine will be on display at Rudyard’s Annual Summerfest, which runs from Thursday, July 27, through Sunday, July 30.

The four-day event, which begins Thursday evening, July 27, features human truck pulls – teams of youth and adults pulling a two-seater 4X4 pickup and a semi-trailer tractor that can weigh as much as 15,000 pounds, according to research by organizers.

It will be the third year for human pulls at the Summerfest, which opens with a Music In the Park concert of singing and guitar playing by Jimmy Williams on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Friday’s events start with a burger bash at the community center, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at a cost of $7 an individual or $20 for families; it’s sponsored by the Rudyard High School football program.

Human truck pulls will start at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the west end of the town’s main street, in front of the Pure County Restaurant. Teams of 10 children, ages 12 and younger, will tug on a rope to try and move a twoseat 4 x 4. In the adult pulls, which will begin at 6 p.m., 10-member teams with try to pull a full-size Peterbilt semi-trailer tractor, without a trailer, 50 or 60 feet.

“It’s a fun event,” said Stephen Davis, who is in charge of the pulls. “We have a few more teams each year,” he said, including families who gather for a reunion.

The cost to enter is $50 per team. Proceeds will go to the park fund. For information, call Mr. Davis at 906-630-3747.

The teams make three pulls with a line similar to a tug or war rope and are timed. The team with the fastest, farthest three combined pulls wins a trophy and bragging rights.

Among Friday night events are horseshoes competition qualifying tosses, at 6 p.m. at the horseshoe pits. For more information, call 906-478-9202 or 906-440-0492.

-At 6:30 p.m. in the court area, there will be a three-on-three basketball contest for elementary students entering fifth grade or younger. Entry costs $5 per person.

-A youth dance will be held at the park pavilion from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., sponsored by the Rudyard Fire Department. The entrance fee is $5 per person. A disc jockey will provide the music.

-At 9:30 p.m., a PG-13 a teen movie will be screened near the softball field. Entrance is by donation.

Saturday’s events begin with the annual car show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chari Fischer, who is with the Lions Club, said there will be a food tent at the car show.

-There will be a softball tournament at 9 a.m. Teams must register in advance by calling 906-630- 3747.

-The annual Summerfest Parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Main Street. This year’s theme is “Music of the Decades.” Participants should line up at the Catholic church.

-Another test of human strength, pedal pushers competition, takes place Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on the pulling track in the Rudyard Township Park area. Participating youngsters will be grouped by age; weight will be added to pedal tractors based on age. Winners will be the children who pedal farthest and fastest.

-The Corn Hole tournament is at 1 a.m. on the tennis courts. There’s a $20 team fee.

-At 12 p.m., a garden tractor pull will be held on the pulling track.

-At 1 p.m., the classic antique tractor pull will be held on the pulling track.

-Also at noon Saturday, there will be a free throw competition at the basketball courts. It is free and open to people of any age.

-An animal fur demonstration and a model train demonstration will be held at the Rudyard Community Center from noon to 3 p.m. There will be a blacksmith demonstration near the museum in the same time slot.

-There will be a historical society open house at the museum and a schoolhouse in the park, both from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

-The citizen of the year and business of the year will be announced at the park pavilion at 12:30 p.m.

-Horseshoe competition starts at 1 p.m. at the horseshoe courts, as do free games for kids at the side of the pavilion.

-Three-on-three basketball competition for youngsters entering sixth-, seventh-, and eighth grades begins at 1:30 p.m. in the court area. Cost is $5 to enter.

-Also at 1:30 p.m., there will be BMX races at the BMX track. The entry fee is $4. Helmets must be worn.

-There will be kickball games at 2 p.m. for all ages in the middle ball field. There’s no charge.

Ms. Fischer said a new event sponsored by the Rudyard Lions Club, called “the golf ball drop,” will take place between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday on the ball field. It costs $10 to enter. If 300 tickets are sold, the prize for the best ball drop to the playing site from a high elevation will be $1,000. If fewer tickets are sold, the top prize will be $250.

-Lawn mower races begin at 3 p.m. on the track. Mr. Davis said it’s always exciting to watch folks ride their souped-up mowers around the track. Rules will be available at the township office, or call 906-322-2851 for information.

-There will be power wheels riding during the mower race intermission. There also will be a remote control car auction near the water tower.

An adult dance will be held at the pavilion at 9 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $6 per person. The band Second Offense will provide the music.

Sunday’s events begin with a triathlon and 5K run at 9:30 a.m. For more information and to register, call 906-478-3205 or 906-478- 5244.

-Mud racing registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The race is at 1 p.m. in the field near the water tower. Call 906- 322-2851 or 906- 440-2480 for more information.

-The fireman’s annual chicken dinner will be held at the community center from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $11. Tickets are on sale from the township office, Central Savings Bank, credit union or from any fireman.

-There is a historical society open house Sunday at the museum and schoolhouse from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

-The horseshoe doubles tournament is at 1 p.m.

-A 50/50 drawing will take place in the pavilion at 2:30 p.m. Proceeds go to park improvements. For additional information, call Rudyard Township at 906-478- 5041.

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