Music, fireworks, crafts, competition and more will all be a part of the 24th annual Portage Area Summerfest set for this weekend.
"We like to say there's something for everybody," said Duaine Detrick, a Summerfest committee member. "It doesn't matter what you're into. You'll find something you like."
The three-day festival, held at Crichton McCormick Park in Portage, starts Friday and runs through Sunday. The event is the primary fundraiser for the park, Detrick said, and all proceeds go toward maintaining the location.
Summerfest begins at 4 p.m. Friday, culminating with three hours of music by the G Street Band from 7 to 10 p.m.
A 5K race at 8:30 a.m. kicks off festivities on Saturday. Musical talent ranging from gospel to an Elvis tribute act will play throughout the day. Other events include a parade on Main Street at 2 p.m. and a fireworks display at the football field at 10 p.m.
Events begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday with church services and a pancake breakfast. Other activities include a golf tournament at Maple Crest Golf Course and a car show that Detrick said usually draws up to 300 antique and classic vehicles. The event closes that evening with a concert running from 5:30 to 9 p.m. featuring Detrick's band Three of Hearts and Neil Diamond impersonator Tom Sadge.
Sunday is also when the newest addition to Summerfest takes place: a roller hockey tournament featuring participation from the Johnstown Tomahawks. Proceeds from the tournament will go toward the addition of an outdoor ice hockey and skating rink to the park, Detrick said.
Food and more than 300 craft vendors will be set up all three days of Summerfest, Detrick said. A popular feature back from last year can also be done every day of the event: laser tag. A course is set up in a semi-wooded area, and participants can play 15-minute rounds, he said.
"We were looking for unique things to do that would appeal to everyone," Detrick said.
Entrance to Summerfest and entertainment comes at no cost, Detrick said, and the Summerfest committee could not do that alone. Detrick pointed to businesses, donations and the participation of local organizations like the Rotary Club and the Portage Area Cruisers Car Club.
"If we didn't have the support of the community and business sponsors, we
couldn't do this for free," Detrick said.