Hoodlebug Summerfest coming to Homer City
The 17th annual Hoodlebug Summerfest will be held Sunday at the Homer City Firemen’s Field.
Throughout the day, the festival will offer ethnic food, craft and game booths and old-fashioned bingo.
Other key events this year in the festival include the parade, beginning at 1 p.m. on Main Street in Homer City; a car cruise; hula hoop, duck race and jitterbug contests; a polka contest; an eating contest; and the annual 5K race at Floodway Park.
The festival kicks off at 11:45 a.m. at the Fireman’s Field with a flag-raising ceremony and runs through 8 p.m. at the field, 25 W. Church St., Homer City.
Featured entertainment throughout the festival includes Todd Edwards, American-made alternative country; The Boomers, oldies, ’80s and classic rock; Kevin Dale with Top 40 country music; and Somebody to Love, classic rock, folk, country and soul.
The parade, beginning at 1 p.m. and hosted by the Homer City Fire Department, features the theme “Hoodlebug: Wildcats Train to Fame.”
[PHOTO: Brittany Eyler, of Hillsdale, and the Purchase Line Star Twirlers performed in the 2013 Hoodlebug Summerfest parade. (Gazette file photo)]
New to the festival this year is a bicycle/run/walk poker run that will be held on the Hoodlebug Trail. Participants will complete either a 12-mile bicycle ride or 5K walk/run. The cost for the event is $12 if registered by Friday or $15 the day of the race. Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. and the race starts at 9:30 a.m.
According to Sheila Charnego, of the Summerfest committee, the bicycles during the event will go one direction on the Hoodlebug Trail while the walkers and runners will go the other direction. During the poker run, participants stop at different stations and pick up cards. At the end of the race, the person with the best hand is the winner.
The car cruise, formerly held at Floodway Park, is relocating this year to Route 56 near BiLo. It will run from 1 to 4 p.m.
“The good part about (the car cruise relocating) is that we have a shuttle that runs from MGK that will be running all day,” Charnego said. “You can park, go to the car cruise, and then be shuttled to where the festival is.”
Parking at the MGK Technologies Inc. building on Cooper Avenue in Homer City is free, with a shuttle that runs to and from the festival grounds from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Later in the day is the annual 5K run/walk that begins at Floodway Park, which Charnego said is a set course that’s a little different than the “leisurely walk” held in the morning during the poker run. The 5K is held by the Indiana Road Runners.
“Anyone that’s run it (in the past) says it’s a really good course.”
There’s something for everyone at the Hoodlebug Summerfest, she said.
“We have lots of good food, and entertainment that runs all day,” Charnego said. “Our food is probably one of the things that draw people (to the festival) because it’s all local, made by some of our church groups. We have everything imaginable.”
Registration for contests such as the hula hoop contest, duck race, jitterbug contest, polka contest and eating contest will be held beginning at noon at the information booth.
The Homer-Center pool offers specialty pricing during the festival, at $3 for all-day swimming, noon to 6 p.m.
Other events being held in Homer City during the festival are the super-sized sundae race, beginning at 2 p.m. and continuing while ice cream lasts. The event will be held at Indiana County Head Start, 30 W. Elm St.
“We’re going to do recruiting,” Becky Carney of Head Start said. “We’ll have a race to build three ice cream mountains and then we’ll serve the ice cream until it’s gone.”
Carney said that she expects the competition will have three teams of five people, with no cost to participate.
In addition, an 11- and 12-year-old girls’ softball tournament will be held at the booster fields.