Celebrate summer at Community Days

BELLEVUE – The 12th annual Bellevue Community Days Festival is to take place June 26-28 in Robert Peters Park. The event includes vendors with crafts, home business products and commercial merchandise. Festival food, three eating contests, a tractor pull, amusement rides and free live entertainment also are planned.

Five Syrian brown bears are to headline the entertainment portion of the three-day festival with the Bear Mountain stage show. The bears and their trainers will offer two shows Thursday, three shows Friday night and four shows Saturday.

A highlight of the festival is the badge raffle. Fifteen retailers in Bellevue have the badges for sale at $5 each or five for $20. Those who buy a badge can enter any of the eating contests at no charge and participate in the kids’ craft activities for free. Saturday at 10 p.m., badge numbers are to be drawn in a raffle with a top prize of $1,000. Second and third prizes are $500 and $250, respectively. Many other prizes also are to be announced.

The festival midway opens at 5 p.m. June 26 with food vendors offering their wares. The Sandtown Band is to headline entertainment 7-10 p.m. in the big tent. Leading up to their performance will be Little League and recreation department and softball games, karate demonstrations, kids activities, a doughnut-eating contest and festival rides.

The food vendors open at noon June 27 with the midway opening at 5 p.m. Softball and baseball games also start at 5 p.m. along with the OSU sports experience on the baseball diamond. Redcliff Reunion will be the headline band for the evening, along with an adult corn hole tournament and East of Chicago pizza-eating contest. The big show will be fireworks at 10:30 p.m. (rain date June 28).

Saturday’s activities begin with the parade stepping off at 10 a.m. from Bellevue Middle School. The midway opens at 11 a.m. At noon, the bocce ball tournament is slated, as well as the Community Days Cutest Baby Contest for boys and girls newborn to 36 months, which starts at noon. Advance registration is required at Bellevue Recreation Center or online at www.bellevuerec.com.

The afternoon progresses with The Heights Baton Corps on the main stage, the pedal pull contest and an ice cream-eating contest, all at 2 p.m. Kids’ activities are at 3 p.m., along with the Subway eating contest. At 4 p.m., the photo contest winners are to be awarded. Bellevue Society for the Arts Teen Theatre is to give a presentation at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Rotary golf ball drop at 5 p.m.

That evening, the Earthquakers Band is to perform 8-11 p.m. in the main tent with a break at 10 p.m. for the festival badge raffle drawing.

To learn more about the Bellevue Community Days Festival, visit www.bellevuerecclub.com or