June 9-11: Community Days Festival in Mt. Sterling

(Posted June 2, 2016)

Community Days Festival schedule

Thursday, June 9

Noon-11 p.m.—Food, vendor marketplace, bounce houses

6 p.m.—Festival opening, National Anthem by Mary Reay, flag raising, flag retirement ceremony by American Legion Post 417

6:30 p.m.—Little Miss and Mr. Community Days Festival contest

8-11 p.m.—Harold Stewart & The Blues Hounds


Friday, June 10

Noon-11 p.m.—Food, vendor marketplace, bounce houses

3-5 p.m.—Cornhole Tournament

4-6 p.m.—Jay-Car Chili Cook-Off in the shelter house

8-11 p.m.—Undivided band


Saturday, June 11

8:30-10:30 a.m.—Madison-Plains Athletics Spirit 5K Family Run/Walk

10 a.m.-5 p.m.—Wacky Wanda’s Chocolate Fountain

10 a.m.-5 p.m.—Quilt show in the Community Center

10 a.m.-noon—Cruise-in car show at the Dairy Freeze

10 a.m.-noon—Bicycle decorating contest in community center parking lot

Noon-11 p.m.—Food, vendor marketplace, bounce houses

Noon—Parade line-up

1 p.m.—Parade

1-5 p.m.—Rock climbing wall

2-4 p.m.—Rock-n-Roll Trivia

4-5 p.m.—London Silver Cornet Band

7:30-10 p.m.—Buckshot band

9:45 p.m.—Laser light show (bring your lawn chairs and blankets)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Mount Sterling’s new summer bash, the Community Days Festival, is jam-packed with fun, from a chili cook-off and parade to live music, a laser light show, and a car and motorcycle cruise-in.

The festival is set for June 9-11. Most events will take place at Veterans Field and the adjacent Mount Sterling Com-munity Center, 164 E. Main St.

Organization of the event has been a collaborative effort. Sponsors are the Com-munity Center, Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Post 417 and Auxiliary Unit 417, Mount Sterling Public Library, the village of Mount Sterling, the Mount Sterling Eagles Youth League, and the Meadowview Village Residents Association.

For more information about the festival and contest and activity entry forms, go to http://mountsterlingcc.org and look for the “Community Days Festival” link.


  • Little Miss and Mr. Community Days Festival contest—Set for 6:30 p.m. June 9, this contest is open to boys and girls ages 4 to 6 years old. Pre-register or register the day of the event at 5:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Field stage. The entry fee is a requested $5 donation. All winners receive a sash and crown. All contestants are invited to ride in the parade on June 11.
  • Cornhole Tournament. A sign-up form can be found online. The tourney runs from 3 to 5 p.m. June 9.
  • Jay-Car Chili Cook-Off—Bring your best pot of chili for judging. Register at 3:30 p.m. June 10. All entries must be ready for tasting by 4 p.m. Categories are people’s choice, best presentation (includ-ing the set-up area around the chili), and judge’s choice. Prizes will be awarded; a trophy goes to the maker of the best overall chili. The entry fee is a requested $5 donation to the Community Center.
  • Madison-Plains Athletics Spirit 5K Family Run/Walk—Entry fees are $25 for adults, $15 for children 12 and younger, and $20 for virtual participants. Day-of registration starts at 7:30 a.m. June 11. The run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Madison-Plains Local Schools athletics. Contact Bridgett Shoemaker for details at bridgett.shoemaker@gmail.com.
  • Quilt Show—Enter your quilt creation for exhibition in the Community Center. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 11. Age groups are: 19 and older, 13 to 18 years old, 12 years old and younger. The entry fee is a requested $5 donation to the Community Center. Winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, a quilt made by the center’s Sew Social quilters will be up for silent auction during the show.
  • Cruise-in Car and Motorcycle Show—Registration starts at 9 a.m. June 11; the show runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Dairy Freeze, 85 N. London St. The entry fee is $10 per vehicle. Categories for cars are muscle, classic, streetrod, modified and sports. Categories for motorcycles are classic, baggers, custom and longest ride. Trophies will go to the top entries. Also planned are a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and a DJ spinning tunes.
  • Bicycle Decorating Contest—Registration starts at 10 a.m. June 11 followed by judging at 11. Age categories are 3-6 years old, 6-9 years old, and 10-12 years old. All contestants are invited to also ride in the parade at 1 p.m. the same day.
  • Parade—Anyone is welcome to participate in the parade on June 11. Line-up starts at noon on New Street between Friend and Chestnut streets. The parade steps off at 1 p.m. The route follows New Street to Main Street to Clevenger Avenue to Columbus Street to John Street, ending at the Community Center.

Anyone can participate—sports teams, businesses, civic organizations, churches, decorated bicycle entrants, and people and their pets. Parade entries will be judged on creativity and originality; the top three receive trophies. There is no entry fee.

Live Music and Entertainment

  • Harold Stewart & The Blues Hounds—Based in Columbus, the Blues Hounds perform high-intensity, upbeat, funky blues music in a wide range of flavors. They will play from 8 to 11 p.m. June 9.
  • Undivided—Hailing from Washington Court House, the members of Undivided specialize in southern country rock, blues and 1950s and ‘60s rock and roll. They will play from 8 to 11 p.m. June 10.
  • London Silver Cornet Band—Maintaining a tradition over 100 years old, this local group of musicians plays music from days gone by. They will perform from 4 to 5 p.m. June 11.
  • Buckshot—Playing classic rock and country tunes, Buckshot got its start in the late 1970s and has amassed a loyal fan base. They will perform from 7:30 to 10 p.m. June 11.
  • Rock-n-Roll Trivia—Rock history buffs David Timmons and John Timmons will test the audience’s knowledge on rock-n-roll from the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, plus classic country. Their show, set for 2 p.m. June 11, will feature audio stumpers, Jeopardy-like questions, and prizes. Admission is free.
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