Living it up at Mt. Sterling Summer Jam!


(Posted June 20, 2022)

By Dedra Cordle, Staff Writer and Photographer

Mount Sterling’s Summer Jam Festival, hosted by the Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce, attracted crowds June 16-18 looking to ride rides, play games, enjoy food, and just generally have a good time.

Taking home first place in the bike decorating contest was Mount Sterling resident Donovan Gilpen. His late grandfather purchased the horse-and-carriage bike from a seller in Indiana, and it was festively decorated in his honor.
Children and adults alike hang on as the Noah’s Ark amusement ride takes them high into the sky.
Derrick Marrow, 5, takes a spin on the Ballistic ride.
Kalvin Davis jams out on the guitar while his band, Vasid, performs their original set on June 18.
Max Muncy, a 1-year-old Jack Russell terrier and beagle mix, is dressed to impress. He took second place in the pet costume contest presented by Kountry Klipping Pet Grooming. His owner, Michael Muncy, said Max loves to dress up in clothing and wear pajamas at night.
Mount Sterling resident Amy Schmitter poses with her cat, Loki, while they await the results of the pet costume contest presented by Kountry Klipping Pet Grooming. Loki, a famous cat on Instagram, ultimately tied for first place with its friend, Sugar Bear the Rabbit, who was dressed as a clown.
Siblings Ava and Ricky Smith hang out with a killer clown who is ready to be carted off in the Paddy Wagon. The vehicle, a restored and remodeled 1977 Chevy pickup truck, is owned by Doug Crabbe with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Crabbe said he has owned the Paddy Wagon for five years and often brings it to parades and festivals.
Susanna Savage of the Wooster-based FreeWheelin Pizzeria showcases a pepperoni pizza fresh out of the wood-fired pizza oven.
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