Coldwater Community Picnic Aug. 3-6

Staff Writer

It's picnic time in Coldwater this weekend.

Funding for both the Coldwater Memorial Park and Coldwater Public Library comes from the annual Coldwater Community Picnic, which is held the first weekend in August. The event debuted in 1961 by organizers Bob Hibner Sr., a longtime Coldwater resident, and the late Don Luken.



Thursday, August 3
Sidewalk Sales
4 p.m. — K94 FM Live Remote
6 p.m. — Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Picnic Preview
6 p.m. — Kyle Koesters, acoustic music
6:30 p.m. — Youth Entertainment, Diamond 8
8 p.m. — Roger DeMange, acoustic music
10 p.m. — Ohio Brewed, acoustic music
At Dusk — Youth Outdoor Movie Night

Friday, August 4
Sidewalk Sales
3 p.m. — Beer Stand (near Chief supermarket)
6 p.m. — Cruise In
6 p.m. — DJ with food and drinks at north end of park
10 p.m. — Fireworks at Coldwater Mall

Saturday, August 5
Sidewalk Sales
8:30 a.m. — Buzzards Glory 5K and Little Foot Run
10 a.m. — Volleyball Tournament
11:30 a.m. — Buzzards Glory Slam-n-Jam 2 on 2 Basketball
Noon — Jungle Island Petting Zoo
12:30 p.m. — Big Wheel Race
1 p.m. – Team Zoom Canine Show
2 p.m. — Music by Translucence
2 p.m. — Ride Wristbands
2 p.m. — Kiddie Tractor Pull
3 p.m. — Punt, Pass and Kick Contest
4 p.m. — Team Zoom Canine Show
4 p.m. — Pony Rides
5 p.m. — Music by Circle City Steele
5 p.m. — Home Run Baseball Derby
6 p.m. — Bingo
6 p.m. — Human Foosball
7 p.m. — Music by Another Round
9 p.m. — Music by Saw Creek

Sunday, August 6
1 p.m. — Parade
3 p.m. — Ride Wristbands
3 p.m. — Horseshoe Pitch
3 p.m. — Coldwater High School Band
3 p.m. — COSI Science Spot
3 p.m. — Jungle Island Petting Zoo
3 p.m. — BBQ Chicken Dinners by Romers
3 p.m. — Pony Rides
3:30 p.m. — Veterans Program
3:30 p.m. — Dodgeball Tournament
4 p.m. — Magician Mike Hemmelgarn
4 p.m. — Bingo
5 p.m. — Music by British Invasion
6 p.m. — Music by the Wet Bandits
10 p.m. - Music by Wedding Banned
10 p.m. – 50/50 Drawing

PARADE MARSHALS: This year’s Coldwater Community Picnic Parade Grand Marshals are Norma “Skeet” Wolters and Charmaine Bettinger. Both of these women have dedicated countless hours of service to the Coldwater community.

Norma “Skeet” Wolters has  been married to husband Woody for 56 years and have two children, Lisa and Mike. Over the years she has been active in the Mercer County community as was the Mercer County 4-H program assistant for 25 years. She facilitated many activities such as the annual 4-H camp at Harbor Point. She is also well known by many people in the county for providing school enrichment programs to all county schools for students K-4. In Coldwater Wolters has served on the Coldwater Community Picnic Committee, as well as the committees for 1988 and 2013 town celebrations. She served as secretary for the Holy Trinity Church council, and she currently serves as the Coldwater representative for the Lake Area Art Group. She facilitated story time at Coldwater Public Library, which is still a regular event at the library.

Charmaine Bettinger is a graduate of Coldwater High School. Charmaine’s first job out of college was at New Idea, where she says the social aspect of her community work began. Working at New Idea gave her the opportunity to work in different departments, and with many different people in a family-like atmosphere. After 7 years, she decided to take a risk she left her job and moved to Dallas, Texas, where not only did she thrive in the business world, but it also gave her access to events where she could fulfill her need to volunteer. Living in Dallas gave her a new appreciation for a small community and just how special the Coldwater community is. She has been involved in many different organizations in Coldwater since moving back, including the ladies sodality at church, Coldwater Athletic Boosters, and was the first woman president of the Coldwater Jaycees (now Buzzards Glory Community Club).
She is a regular volunteer for the Coldwater Community Picnic, currently serves on the Coldwater MDA softball tournament committee, and is a lector, usher and Eucharistic minister at church. She is proud of her involvement with the recent renovations to Cavalier Stadium. In her free time she enjoys playing volleyball, softball, reading, riding bike and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Charmaine enjoys traveling and looks forward to doing more in the future.

NEW IDEA BOOK: The third book in the New Idea History Series, “New Idea Company’s Uni System, 1963-1999, Coldwater, Ohio,” is ready to be picked up at the Coldwater Picnic, August 5-6, Saturday and Sunday, at the NEW IDEA FARM EQUIPMENT AND ANTIQUE TRACTOR EXHIBIT, at the north side of the Park.
 If you have not placed your order for this book, you may call Joyce Alig, 419-678-2614, or any Member of the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee.