Pistachio buzz settles on Zoar’s fest

By BILL POWELL
bpowell@dcherald.com

ZOAR — Organizers churning out 175 gallons of homemade ice cream for this weekend’s Zoar Mosquito Fest have come up with yet another new flavor — pistachio — that will be sold out of the Taj Mahal of country ice cream stands, created by enclosing and modifying a former shelter house.

That’s just the start of why the Zoar United Methodist Church and its wooded picnic grove at 8818 W. Old Road 64 can be everyone’s favorite happy place Friday and Saturday.

Back for a second year is a Family Fun Color Run on Saturday morning. For a $15 entry fee, participants get a fun pack that includes a T-shirt, a pack of color that will go into the air at the start of the run and a handkerchief and sunglasses to keep coloring powders out of eyes and mouths.

Color Run chairwoman Erin Marshall says the run route is a little longer this year ­— about 2 miles — and organizers have added an optional obstacle trail paralleling the main route.

“That will make it a little bit more interesting and fun — and hopefully get them a little more colorful and sweaty,” Marshall says.

A backdrop to and backbone of the fest is the multi-division, double-elimination wiffleball tourney known as the Southern Indiana Wiffleball Classic. Can “Little Big Leaguers” repeat as youth division champs? Do the “Braves” from Tecumseh have the junior division locked up? And can anyone challenge “Elev8N’ Celebr8” in the adult division?

Wiffleball Classic co-chairman Gaage Fetter started his involvement as a kid on a team known as “The Gassy Gophers.” He thinks a veteran powerhouse once known as “The Fluffy White Clouds” is back under the name “Fluffy Dads.”

A total of 19 teams were already locked into participating last week, with squads like “The Squatch Hunters” and “Here For A Good Time” ready to take a swing at Wiffleball immortality.

“It’s a great time,” Fetter says.

The little festival that never takes itself too seriously even has a surprise up its sleeve for its celebrated stationary parade. The new wrinkle: box floats.

Entrants have been asked to use their imagination and decorate a large box to be a miniature float that can be worn, carried or placed on the ground.

Friday night’s musical headliner will be Kirby Stailey. Southern gospel group Eternal Vision, from Knoxville, Tennessee, performs Saturday night.

Chicken dinners are on Friday’s menu, giving way to grilled pork chop meals Saturday. Burgers, fish and corndogs are served Friday and Saturday.

A country store in the site’s old one-room schoolhouse will sell garden produce, plants, jellies and jams and Zoar’s cinnamon strip coffee cakes. Flea market vendors will be scattered around the edges of the festival and Mosquito Fest apparel will be on sale.

“It’s going to be a really good year,” says Mosquito Fest Chairman John Hemmer, who helped on the carpenter work to replace the old ice cream shack.


Festival Schedule

The annual Zoar Mosquito Festival will be held at Zoar United Methodist Church and its picnic grounds. The location — 8818 W. Old Road 64 — is on Old State Road 64, two miles west of State Road 161. There is no admission charge for the festival and raffles and alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the grounds.

Friday

5 p.m. Fried and barbecue chicken dinners, sandwiches, desserts and beverages available.

6 p.m. Opening ceremony.

6:30 p.m. Southern Indiana Wiffleball Classic begins, adult division.

7 p.m. Country music by Kirby Stailey.

Saturday

7 a.m. Breakfast in the grove.

7 a.m. Registration for Family Fun Color Run begins.

8 a.m. Family Fun Color Run begins.

9 a.m. Southern Indiana Wiffleball Classic resumes, all divisions.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flower, produce and quilt show.

1 p.m. Stationary parade, kids box parade.

2 p.m. Kids games begin.

4 p.m. Pedal Tractor Pull.

4 p.m. Grilled pork chop dinners, sandwiches, desserts and beverages available.

6:30 p.m. Gospel concert featuring Eternal Vision, from Knoxville, Tennessee.




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