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Summer Festival seeks return to its roots

By Staff
Triathlon, tennis and golf events are part of lineup
By CLAUD HODGES
Senior Reporter
In the Good Ol’ Summertime is the theme of the upcoming 25th-consecutive Washington Summer Festival.
The festival will be held June 13-14.
She said the Summer Festival Committee wants the event to get away from the carnival atmosphere it has had in recent years.
Glover said the kick-off for the festival will take place in March when the chamber will set times for specific events and activities.
He said that is what the festival was like in its early years.
Other members of the Summer Festival Committee include Anne Crumpler, Tom Atkins, Chris Furlough, Richard Hodges, Janet Loving and Pam Shadle.
A series of events and activities are going to be a part of this year’s festival. They include a triathlon, golf tournament, a tennis tournament and a 5K run.
Jason Biggs, chairman of the triathlon, said that event starts at 7 a.m. June 14.
The swimming segment of the triathlon starts at the Washington Park waterfront. Participants will swim a half-mile. The triathlon’s bicycling segment follows the swimming component. Participants will ride bicycles on a 15-mile course. A 5K run concludes the triathlon.
Jeremy Shadle, chairman of the golf tournament, said that event takes place June 13-15.
Dale Peel, chairwoman of the tennis tournament, said the event is scheduled for May 31 and June 1, several days before the Summer Festival. The tournament could not be held during the same weekend as the festival because another tennis tournament is scheduled to be held in the area during Summer Festival weekend.
Cynthia Davis, chairwoman of the 5K run, said it will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 13.
The Summer Festival and the triathlon are seeking volunteers to work at the events. If interested, call the chamber office at (252) 946-9168.