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Ventriloquist to perform as part of Brewster Fun Days

BREWSTER -- Fun days are to be had in Brewster this weekend during the town's annual celebration, slated to begin tonight and continue through Sunday.

New to the festival this year is a visit by nationally known ventriloquist and comedian James Wedgwood, who has appeared on TNN. He will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday in the city park.

"He's performed a lot of places -- he's pretty good," said David Hartzler, Brewster Community Club representative.

The comedic ventriloquist is just one of a number of entertaining activities planned during Brewster Fun Days. Hartzler said the celebration is geared toward the entire family.

"We just try to make it so it's mixed fair for family and kids," he added.

Just in time for this year's community celebration, a trio of local organizations combined funds to pay for the construction of new signs welcoming people to Brewster.

The signs, erected Tuesday evening, feature a scaled-down cityscape of the community along with the words "Brewster Est. 1872 ... A Wonderful Place to Call Home." T-shirts and can coozies featuring the new sign logo will be on sale in the park during the celebration.

"Brewster had a nice sign, but it was getting quite worn," Hartzler said. "It was starting to look bad."

The Brewster Community Club began discussing the need for a new sign about a year ago. It received some much-needed help with the project from the Brewster Area Development Corporation and the local Tri 49'ers 4-H Club, which donated the money it raised from this year's frozen food sales to assist in fulfilling a community pride project.

Festivities for the 2006 Brewster Fun Days begin at 5 p.m. today with the opening of food booths in the city park and the registration sign-up for the Kiddee Pedal Pull. Children ages 5 to 11 are invited to take part in the eighth annual pull, which gets under way at 5:30 p.m.

At 6:45 p.m., the drawing for the Little Mr. and Little Miss Brewster will take place at the band shell and is open to children ages 4 to 10.

The crowning will be followed by the play "The Fisherman and His Wife," to be presented on the band shell stage at 7:15 p.m. by members of the Jackson County Art Guild with support from Brewster Community Education.

Family fun games in the park begin at 7:45 p.m.

Saturday includes a full slate of activities, beginning with sand volleyball, a horseshoe tournament and kids' games in the park at 11 a.m. Food booths open for the day at 11:30 a.m. and include everything from walking tacos to sub sandwiches, pie and ice cream.

The Kiddee Parade will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by the main parade at 1 p.m., ventriloquist act at 2 p.m. and a firemen's water fight at 3 p.m.

The "Zoo Man," Brent Mielke, will show some of his animals in the park from 3 to 6 p.m.

A barbecued pork loin sandwich dinner will be served in the Brewster American Legion from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with a free dance in the park basketball courts from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The band "Loose Change" will perform, and there will be a beer wagon on site.

Winners in the raffle drawing will be announced during Saturday evening's dance at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Brewster Fun Days wraps up Sunday with a medallion hunt in the city park beginning at sunrise. The annual Brewster Firemen's Pancake Breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the American Legion.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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