Monday, June 18, 2007

Cy Young Days

The good folks in Newcomerstown, Ohio will be holding their sorta-annual Cy Young Days festival this weekend. It's geared towards kids -- lots of contests and games like tossing balls at milk jugs -- but should be fun for anyone who likes baseball and that particular brand of feel-good Midwesterndom that you find at events with names like "Cy Young Days." All proceeds of the festival go to support local youth baseball leagues. If you're a totally jaded merch speculator/collector you're in luck too, as there will be an auction with baseball tickets, wares from local merchants and, no doubt, some assorted memorabilia.

There's also a parade on Saturday evening which serves as the best evidence that this event is on an upward trajectory inasmuch as the grand marshal is 1971 Cy Young Award winner Fergie Jenkins. In past years it was Len Barker and Kevin frickin' Ritz. Steve Carlton is penciled in for 2021.

In any event, the whole thing sounds cool, so make an effort to pop in if you're near eastern Ohio this weekend.