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Here's what, where and when: Hometown Amerifest June 26-27

Here's the up-to-the-minute schedule for this year's first-ever Bluffton Hometown Amerifest. The sponsoring groups are the Bluffton Lions Foundation and its Festival of Wheels, the Bluffton-Pandora Rotary Club and its Freedom Festival, and the Relay for Life Fundraising event.



Saturday and Sunday, June 26-27

7:00 am - 7:00 pm Corvette Raffle Tickets on Sale Downtown

7:00 am - 11:30 am Crossroads of America Car Rally (blufftonlionsfoundation.org )

Information available at booth in front of High School Football Stadium off College Ave )

8:30 am - 12:00 pm Farmers' Market (CNB Bank parking lot by post office)

7:00 am - 7:00 pm Swap Meet (Church Street off Main)

9:00 am - Dark Softball Tournament (New Softball Field in Bluffton
University Athletic complex off Bentley Road)

9 a.m. - food concession opens at stadium - Gyro Corner

9:00 am- 10 pm Corvette Raffle tickets on sale at Bluffton University Stadium

10:00 am - 3:00 pm Open House at Swiss Homestead 8350 Bixel Road

10:30am -11:45 pm Staging for Parade

(H.S. football field parking/Railroad Street)

11:00-8:00 pm Food Court (Taste of Food) Elm St. at Town Hall, College & Vine (Fazolli's, Luginbuhl ice cream, Previte International Grill and more)

12:00 - 1:00 pm Parade (College St. to Main to Elm to Bentley Rd. to University)

12:30 p.m. - Friends of the Library Kids' Activities (Vine Street)

1:00 pm Shuttle bus begins at three sites - Town Hall, Library, circular drive in front of Yoder Hall. Departs every 15 minutes. Check with drrvers for end time.

1:00 pm Massages by Institute of Therapeutic Massage, Lima and Ottawa

1:00 - 7 pm Information Center (Bank parking lot by Post Office)

1 to 4 p.m. - Boy Scout Troop 256 Pinewood Derby (next to Groves Bears on Elm St.)

1:00 - 4:00 pm Car Registration (CNB Bank parking lot by Post Office)

1:00 pm Survivor Registration (University Stadium)

1:00 - 11:00 pm ACS Silent Auction

(University Stadium by Concession Stand)

1:00 pm Eating Contest at Kids Korral (University Stadium)

1:30 p.m. - Eating contest for all ages begins

1:00 - 2:30 pm Survivor/Caregiver Meal (Survivor Tent at Stadium)

1:00 - 2:00 pm National Kiddie Tractor Pull Registration - Vine off Main

1:00 pm Concessions open at Stadium (visit team sites for more choices)

2:00 - 4:30 pm Kiddie Tractor Pull - Vine Street off Main

1:30 - 8:00 pm Luminaria Sales

2:00 - 2:30 pm Band "On the Run"

2:30 pm Opening Ceremony/Flag presentation by

AmericanLegion Post 382

/Anthem Pleasant View and Mount Cory UM Church

Survivor/Caregiver Lap to follow/vocalist -

Chris Myers/welcome-Mayor Fred Rodabaugh

3:00 pm Entertainment - Polaretts Baton Corps

3:00 - 4:00 pm Cake Walk at Kids Korral

3:30 - 6:00 pm Ultimate Frisbee

3:30 - 8:30 pm Kids Korral Opens (Inflatables and Games)

3:45 pm Entertainment - Son of Adam

4:00 - Dark - Cancer Education and Prevention under stands - Hospice and more

4:30 pm Chicken Dance/Macarena/YMCA Theme Laps

5:00 pm Duck Race - Rotary

5:00 pm Entertainment - Flag City Cloggers following pie judging

5:00 - 7:00PM Cake Walk at Kids Korral

6:00 pm 50's/60's Lap (dress the part)

6:30 - 7:30 pm Lima Area Concert Band (Sponsored by the Rotary)

6:45-7:30 pm Car Show Awards Announced at Information Center
(Bank Parking Lot by Post Office)

7:00 pm Reverse Course Lap (walk the other direction, this could be repeated)

7:00 pm Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest at Kids Korral8:00-8:45 pm Cruise (College Ave to Jackson to Elm to Bentley)

7:45 - 8:30 pm Pie Auction (Stage at Relay)8:30 pm Poker Lap (everyone can play)/Light Luminaries

8:45 pm Luminary Ceremony - speaker Linda Laing, vocalists Bailey Prichard, Caleb Burkey and friends, emcee Sam Brauen, readers - Eric Fulcomer, Kevin Gratz, and Dan Stanowick

10:12 p.m. - Relay team: Safe in His Arms raffle winner announced

10:15 pm Announce winner of Corvette at the University Entertainment Stage

10:15 pm Fireworks

(please note time change; fireworks were originally 10:30 p.m.)

11:00 pm Movie - behind concession stand

11:00 pm Glow in Dark Lap (let's light up the track)
11:00 pm Entertainment - Wendy Chappell-Dick and the Return of the Wayfaring Cowgirls

Midnight Entertainment, games, board games and more

SUNDAY June 27
12:00 - 3:00 am Karaoke

2:00 - 3:00 am Hula Hoop Lap

3:00 - 4:00 am Backwards Lap (walk backwards)

4:00 - 5:00 am OSU/Michigan Lap

5:00 - 6:00 am Bed Head Lap (prize for the worst bed head)

6:00 - 9: 00 am Pancake Breakfast (survivors eat free, concession stand)

7:45 am Community Worship Service/Closing Ceremony - Bluffton Trinity/Jenera UM Church

12:30 pm-3:00pm Swiss Day Celebration at Ebenezer Mennonite Church
Events or times subject to change

*If event venue is not stated - event held at Bluffton University Stadium
** Shuttle bus begins at three sites - Town Hall, Library, circular drive in front of Yoder Hall. Departs every half hour.