Chase Pickle Fest begins today

CHASE — The fifth annual Chase Pickle Festival kicks off today with a corn hole tournament from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Chase Creek Smokehouse. The events continue on Friday with the pickle pageant. There are 11 young contestants ages 5 through 9 competing for the crown. The pageant begins at at 7 p.m. on the patio of Chase Creek Smokehouse.

“The pageant theme is favorite book characters, and children will come dressed as that,” said event coordinator Heather Streicher. “Kids will be judged on creative appearance, their charm during the event, overall appearance and attitude. The 2016 Pickle Prince and Princess will pass their crown to the new winners.”

Saturday will be a packed day of pickle-fun with a parade, activities, vendors and contests. The parade begins at 11 a.m. with lineup at Franks Smith Road and Joiner Street. It will proceed down Main Street to the Chase Express store and back to the Chase Township Library Park where festivities will take place.

A new event, Touch-A-Truck, will start at 11:30 p.m. Three different fire departments, the U.S. Forest Service, Independent Rural Waste, the Lake County Road Commission, AA Collision and Towing and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will have their vehicles parked on Silver Maple Street for kids to go through and see how they work.

The homemade pickle tasting contest determines who has the best homemade pickles. Sign-up begins at noon, with judging at 1:30 p.m. Anyone interested in submitting pickles can drop them off at the library or Chase Creek Smokehouse.

At noon there also will be the fourth Chase Creek Smokehouse Antique and Classic Car Show at the Chase Creek Smoke House with a barbeque chicken dinner at 1 p.m.

Other booths and activities which begin at noon at the library are kids crafts, a sawdust coin scramble, a silent auction, live music by Beaver Xing, face painting, air brush tattoos, walk on water balls, a book and bake sale, concessions and an inflatable slide.

Kids Pickle Festival bracelets are available for $5 each and includes entry in the slingshot game, inflatable slide, arts and crafts, face painting, kids games, and will get a free sub sandwich, chips and apple juice.

The coloring contest winners will be announced at 1 p.m. Kids games begin at 2 p.m. followed by pickle derby races at 3 p.m.

“The kids games are the old-school variety such as sack races, three-legged races and hula hoops,” Streicher said.

At 5 p.m., the silent auction winners will be announced. Dodge ball tournaments begin at 5:30 p.m. The cost to participate is $10 per team of five.

The raffle drawing will be at 9 p.m. at the Chase Creek Smokehouse. The grand prize will be a Barnett Jackal Crossbow Package, second prize is $350 cash and third prize is a Black Fitbit Alta wristband. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Participants don’t need to be present to win.

On Sunday there will be an inter-denominational community church service at 10 a.m. with a cookout and potluck following at the Chase Township Public Library Park. The service will be canceled if the weather is bad.

“All proceeds from the festival will go toward the Chase Township Public Library,” Streicher said. “We also plan to use part of the money to replace the roofing on the library. Last year we raised $7,000 and this year’s goal is $10,000. I am hoping for a large turnout. This is a fun event for everyone.”

This year’s theme is, “Then Until Now: Celebrating 145 Years,” commemorating the 145th anniversary of Chase. There will be several local history exhibits in the library and a slideshow presentation in the conference room.

For more information about the Chase Pickle Festival, contact (231) 832-9511.