Tusky Days Festival approaching with full schedule

Tusky Days Festival approaching with full schedule

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The former Stemple’s Service Station and Blacksmith Shop, which was once located on the site of the current Tusky Deli, will be remembered at the annual Tusky Days memorabilia auction on Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. The owner of the station was the great-grandfather of current Tuscarawas Mayor Dana Moore.

Auctioneer Bob Hall with Cronebaugh Auctions will conduct the sale. The paddles were created at Indian Valley High School in the wood shop and then laser etched by the computer robotics class.

Community celebrations are nothing new to the village of Tuscarawas. According to the Paths to Progress book written by the late Frances Mathias, the history of village gatherings began in the 1920s.

“The program for the first homecoming in Tuscarawas in 1928 included a wire walking exhibition, music by Uhrichsville Kiwanis and New Philadelphia High School bands, Sons of Union Veterans Drum Corps, Harmonica Specialties, a baseball game, and good speaking each evening.”

Of the many businesses listed in town in 1928 was the Stemple Gasoline Station. Much more information on the station was found in a program written for the 1928 homecoming.

“In 1897 Mr. Sherman Stemple bought an old shop from Mr. John Rolli and started business as a blacksmith. In a short time, he purchased another building and added to the former. A few years later, he built a new addition, making a much larger and more up-to-date blacksmith shop.

“In 1917 he had a standard gasoline pump erected in front of the blacksmith shop, it being the first pump in Tuscarawas. It was at this time that Mr. Stemple started automobile repairing, vulcanizing tires and selling accessories. As time went on and the demand for gasoline became greater, he erected a filling station between the residence and the blacksmith shop. It was in the year 1920, the ground being leased from the town. This was the first filling station in the town of Tuscarawas. He started with one gasoline pump selling Canfield gasoline; now he has three and is selling Canfield and Sinclair gasoline.”

With 2022 here, the Tusky Days committee is gearing up for another celebration. Committee members working on this year’s celebration are Matt Ritenour, Matt Hunter, Jennifer Mann, Wanda Krocker, Bobby Hepburn, Marc Davis, Darrin Castello, Dorsey Davisson, Joe Krocker and Jim Reichman.

An AC/DC tribute band, Dirty Deeds, will perform Saturday, June 25 to cap off the annual Tusky Days Festival. The festival will begin Thursday, June 23 when the midway opens at 4 p.m.

Thursday’s activities include Mayor Dana Moore’s presentation at 5 p.m., the New Philadelphia Steel Drum Band from 6-7 p.m. and the Moonlyterz from 8-11 p.m.

A variety of concessions will be available including Kona Ice, Michael’s Confections, Rafter C Chuck Wagon, Macarons, Goggy’s – Cheese on a stick and hot dogs, DiRussos Sausage, Ross Mountian BBQ, Don Polo Mexican, and other stands selling lemonade, gyros, pizza, stromboli, elephant ears, funnel cakes, cotton candy and candy apples.

“We always try to get an assortment of food, but we never like to have too much of one type. We try to protect the vendors so that they can make more money if they’re the sole provider a particular food,” said Joe Krocker, a member of the festival committee.

EGO Amusements will provide rides, inflatables, games and some food this year.

“The committee is always looking for volunteers for various jobs. If interested, check with the festival office during the event,” Krocker said.

They start planning the event in September or October of the year before. “We can always use new festival committee members,” Krocker said.

The committee thanks the many sponsors that help make this event possible.

The schedule for Tusky Days Festival is as follows:

—Thursday, June 23: Midway opens at 4 p.m., mayor’s presentation at 5 p.m., New Philadelphia Steel Drum Band from 6-7 p.m., Moonlyterz sponsored by Indian Valley Sports Boosters from 8-11 p.m. and midway closes at 11 p.m.

—Friday, June 24: Midway opens at 4 p.m.; registration for Vision of Hope 4-H club 5k run at Warwick/Tuscarawas Fire Station at 5 p.m.; one-mile run/walk at 6 p.m.; 5k run/walk at 6:30 p.m.; Ohio Buckeye State Sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pullers sponsored by Durbin Farms, Tusky Deli and Tusky Days Festival at 5 p.m.; Tequila Mary from 6-7:30 p.m.; Memorabilia Auction by Bob Hall with Cronebaugh Auctions at 7:30 p.m.; Tuscarawas River Band sponsored by Reichman Plumbing from 8:30-11 p.m.; and midway closes at 11 p.m.

—Saturday, June 25: Midway opens at noon; registration for talent show from noon to 12:30 p.m.; talent show from 12:30-2 p.m. with first place of $75, second place of $50 and third place of $25; Jeff Shamel, country and rock music, from 2-4 p.m.; Tusky Days car/bike/truck show with entertainment by Spikeman from 3-7 p.m., $10 vehicle registration at 3 p.m. and awards registration at 6:30 p.m.; Kodachrome Babies from 5-7 p.m.; and Dirty Deeds sponsored by Dover-Phila Credit Union from 8-11 p.m.

Other sponsors not previously mentioned are Olde Towne Tavern, Smith Ambulance, Action Extreme Sports, Chuck Nicholson GMC, the Village of Gnadenhutten, Triple R Trailer, Tuscarawas VFW Post 7943, Koch Funeral Home, Bombs Away Bar and Drive Thru, Kelley’s Heating and Cooling, Thrasher, Jenerous Hydration, Schilling Electric, Village of Tuscarawas and employees, Warwick Lions Club, Steve Cronebaugh Auctions, Baker’s Mowing and Mulching, Joe Krocker’s Computer Services, McInturf Realty, and Dover Brake.

Though not affiliated with the festival, a 2022 Tusky Days Summer Showdown fast-pitch softball tournament will be held by P5 Tournaments in Tuscarawas and Gnadenhutten on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday featuring 24 teams.