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Brewster Fun Days is this weekend

BREWSTER -- The forecast for next weekend has temperatures reaching well into the 90s, meaning another scorcher for communities hoping to draw crowds for their summer festivals.

In Brewster, Community Club chair Jim Heidelberger said there are plans to do extra things to help cool down attendees at Brewster Fun Days this Friday through Sunday, including running soaker hoses in the area of the city park.

The Kids Water Fight is a big draw every year and will also offer a little relief from the heat. Sponsored by the Brewster Fire Department, kids will get to use fire hoses to shoot water in a contest sure to get participants and bystanders cooled off by the spray mist.

Also, a newly added entertainment event this year will include the comedic juggling act of Steve Russell in the air-conditioned gymnasium of the Brewster Elementary School Saturday afternoon. The act is sponsored in partnership by the Worthington Optimists Club.

Events get under way Friday night, with a food booth opening in the Brewster Park Shelter at 5 p.m. The Round Lake-Brewster sophomore class will be selling pizza and pop as a fundraiser.

Sign-up also begins at 5 p.m. for the Kiddee Pedal Pull for those ages 4 to 11, with the pull slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Little Mr. and Miss Brewster drawing will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Brewster Park Bandshell. All local kids ages 4 to 10 are eligible to put their name into a bucket for a drawing to serve as royalty over the next year.

Friday night features a teen dance to DJ music by Barry Roberts in the Brewster Legion from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

On Saturday, sand volleyball and horseshoe tournaments will begin at 9 a.m. Teams are encouraged to register in advance by calling Julie Malenke at 842-5435 for the horse shoe tourney; or Joe and Janelle VanWesten at 842-5226 for the sand volleyball tourney.

A tractor show will begin at 10 a.m. by the Brewster Legion for anyone who wants to bring in their tractor.

Kids games and train rides in the park will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, with food booths to also open at 11 a.m. The Round Lake-Brewster Junior Class will serve barbecues and hot dogs, while the Sacred Heart Women will offer pie and ice cream.

The parade begins at 1 p.m., followed by Russell's comedic juggling act at 2 p.m. The kids water fight and games get under way at 3 p.m.

The day will be capped with a street dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. featuring Judd Hoos. There is an admission fee, with entry at the Brewster Park Shelter.

"They're a crowd favorite," said Dave Hartzler, a member of the Brewster Community Club.

"We'll have the Indian Taco stand there throughout the dance this year as well, so there will be food, pop and water," added Heidelberger. A beer garden will be open as well.

Sunday's events include a local medallion hunt at sunrise, with the Brewster Fireman's annual pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 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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