St. Marys Kin Summerfest runs July 21-24

Four days of rides, Bobnoxious headlining Beer Tent Saturday night

By Dan Rankin

At this year’s Kin Summerfest, which begins next week on Thursday, July 21, for the very first time, the carnival rides and attractions on Milt Dunnell Field will be operating for four days.

The rides provided by Campbell Amusements will be open to the public next Thursday afternoon, and run through the days of Friday and Saturday before finally concluding in the evening of Sunday, July 24. But not only will carnival goers have more time to ride the rides than ever before, according to Summerfest chairman Sean Connolly, this year there will also be a bigger selection of rides than in past years.

“We’ve been doing well with the rides the last couple of years, and we’re starting to get bigger and better rides than we had for the past three or four years,” he said. “The more people come, the better the rides, so there is some decent-sized stuff now.”

Advanced ride bracelets are available now until July 20. The bracelets are $20 each and allow one person to ride all the carnival rides for any one day that the fair runs. After July 20, the cost of the bracelets goes up to $30. The bracelets are on sale downtown at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame office (140 Queen Street).

The Summerfest beer tent will return to the Hall of Fame’s practice diamond once again this year. The list of live musical entertainers at the tent includes London’s Kill Effect on Thursday night, Kitchener-Waterloo rock group Grüveyard on Friday night, a youth concert featuring bands from the World’s Coolest Music Store throughout the day on Saturday, followed by the London progressive rock group Alyeus, then London’s Zen Blender, all leading up to the headlining group Bobnoxious, who FM96 listeners will know for their songs “E.O.A.” and “Big Cannons.”

Other events scheduled for the weekend include a corn roast of fresh corn on the cob Friday and Saturday at Milt Dunnell Field and the Wobbly Knees Slo-Pitch tournament, running at the Hall of Fame diamonds from Friday to Sunday.

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