FOSTORIA - The final touches are being added for the 20th annual Glass Heritage Festival next weekend in downtown Fostoria.
The planning committee recently received a $1,000 grant from the United Way of Fostoria to assist with funding for the 2012 event, which is to help secure entertainment and activities.
The celebration is to kick off July 20:
Kristy Ressler is to sing the National Anthem at the 5 p.m. opening ceremony.
Fostoria Glass Heritage Gallery, 109 N. Main St., Fostoria Rail Preservation Society, LE&W Depot, 128 W. North St., and Fostoria Area Historical Society and Museum, West North Street, all are to be open 5-7 p.m.
Carnival rides, games and food stands are to be open.
Fostoria Pizza Expo is to be open 5-9 p.m.
Fostoria Community Arts Council is to host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser 4-8 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are available at The Review Times, Mayor Eric Keckler's office and Fostoria Community Arts Council. In advance, the cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. At the door, tickets are $7 and $5.
The main entertainment tent at Main and Center streets is to serve adult beverages and feature live entertainment 5-11 p.m. Foreplay takes to the stage 5-7 p.m. and Scott Hedden of Dueling Pianos is to play 8-11 p.m.
The July 21 schedule includes a 50/50 raffle and many special activities all day:
The city of Fostoria's 5K run is to step off at 8 a.m. Registration forms are available at Geary Family YMCA, 154 W. Center St., or register at 7 a.m. before the race.
Fostoria Farmer's Market is to be open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the grassy lot beside Key Bank on Tiffin Street.
Fostoria Area Visitors Bureau is to host an open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 125 S. Main St.
Fostoria Community Arts Council is planning family-friendly activities such as chalk art, a caricaturist and a gallery by Casey Smith.
The 10th annual Chamber Car Show is to have dozens of classic and modern vehicles on display 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on North Main Street between North and Fremont streets. Call (419) 435-0486 or visit www.fostoriaohio.
org for sign-up information.
A new Saturday attraction is the Buckeye State Pedal Tractor Pullers, a state-sanctioned event. Children ages 4-11 can register at noon Saturday for the pull, set for 1-4 p.m. Children can compete with kids their own age. The top three boys and top three girls have the opportunity to compete in the National Pedal Tractor Pull in late September in Mitchell, S.D.
Rides, food, novelties and live animal exhibits are to be open 1-11 p.m. downtown, beginning at Tiffin and Main streets.
All afternoon, the kids' area is to feature a variety of activities: medieval times demonstrations and education; face painting and temporary tattoos; Imagination Station traveling interactive booths; Hoby the Clown; Heartland Express Cloggers; exotic birds; train rides on the Pumpkin Vine Railroad at The Depot; and motivational speaker and entertainer, Basketball Jones.
Fostoria Glass Association and Fostoria Historical Museum are to be open noon-5 p.m.
Saturday's live tunes are to start with local artists Melody Road along with Danielle & the Hanson Brothers from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by Inner City Connection until 7 p.m. The Findlay-based band, Tongue N Groove, is to perform 8-11 p.m.
For more info on any festival activities, visit www.facebook.
Festival or call (419) 435-8282.