St. Marys Kinsmen SummerFest underway this weekend


Naomi Maxwell, 3, took a ride on the Puppies Thursday evening at Milt Dunnell field.
By Dan Rankin

They both began yesterday and both continue in St. Marys this weekend but, for the first time in recent memory, the Kinsmen SummerFest Carnival and its synonymous Beer Tent are taking place across town from one another. Families interested in checking out the SummerFest Carnival midway put on by Campbell Amusements or agricultural displays will find them in the same place they have been situated for the past few years, at Milt Dunnell Field. Food vendors including Rianna’s Family Restaurant and Sammy’s Souvlaki will also be located at the carnival.
This news might dismay some of the older crowd as this year, if they feel like patronizing the London-based Greek cuisine stand after some time spent at the Beer Tent, it will involve a walk or cab ride from the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
It was announced in April that the 2015 SummerFest Beer Tent would be situated at the Hall of Fame (on the practice diamond adjacent to Church Street where the annual induction ceremony takes place) to coincide with the annual Wobbly Knees Slo-Pitch Tournament. That tournament runs this weekend in association with SummerFest on three of the Hall of Fame’s diamonds and Teddy’s Field. Food from the grill will be offered throughout the weekend at the Hall of Fame for hungry ball players and Beer Tent attendees.
Other events taking place at the Hall of Fame this weekend include the Third Annual Perth County Pork Producers Pork Chop BBQ Friday evening, beginning at 6:00 pm, a Thursday night Dance Party, and live music Friday night and throughout the day Saturday. Country artist Amy Rose performs Friday night, starting at 9:00 pm. Saturday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, youth bands will perform a concert put on by the World’s Coolest Music Store. That will be followed by an open mic jam session until 5:00 pm, and then headliners Gruve Yard (6:00 pm to 9:00 pm) and Howzat (9:30 pm to 1:00 am).
“From this year’s SummerFest we’re making a sizeable donation to the new pavillion for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame,” said SummerFest chairman Sean Connolly, noting that’s just part of the Kinsmen’s commitment to contributing to local causes. “We’re also hoping to make our donation to the PRC to finish up our obligation for our 10-year commitment.”