MARTINS FERRY - The upcoming Betty Zane Days are set for Aug. 6-10 and the community is invited to fun, entertainment and a competition between the city's top departments.
Tom Regis of the fire department noted that the event will be held at the city park. Deshler Amusements will provide the carnival rides starting 6 p.m. nightly. The fire department has run the celebration for close to 16 years.
The events kick off Tuesday, Aug. 6 with opening ceremonies and the crowning of the 2013 Ms. Betty Zane. Regis said organizers are still accepting contestants. Anyone interested is welcome to call him at (740) 296-0123 or Assistant Chief Mike Reese at (740) 296-0115. Live entertainment will take the stage 7-11 p.m. each night. Entertainment for Tuesday will be Mongo's Barn.
Wednesday will feature the Betty Zane 5-K race at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds will go to Riders for a Cure. Thanks go to Barb Ballint and her daughter, Chelsea Edwards. Entry fees are $15, with the first 150 receiving a T-shirt. Rock Star Karaoke with Steve Clegg will perform that night.
"We're expecting a good turnout for the race," Regis said.
Thursday's entertainment will be provided by Hit Play. Friday will feature Stack of Monkeys.
Some of the biggest events are reserved for Saturday, when the parade lines up at 11 a.m. and launches. It will end at the Ladder Company. Police and fire departments will then step up to compete.
"On Saturday, everything starts off at noon with the parade and the fire department water battle," Regis said, adding that the police department will enter a team in the competition for the first time.
Afterward, the police and fire mushball game will be held at 8 p.m. The mushball tournament will start Aug. 5 with the championship game Aug. 9. The annual showdown between the police and fire departments will be held Aug. 10. There is a $75 entry fee per team. The police department has taken the trophy home for the past two years, and the fire department challengers are ready for a rematch.
"It should be fun, with the added twist of them being in the water battle," said Regis. "It's turned into a good, friendly rivalry."
Police Chief John McFarland said his officers were ready and eager for the contest.
"I think we will be very competitive, and we expect to achieve greatness," he said.
In entertainment, Tim Ullom and DJ Daner will perform.
Regis noted that band pre-sale tickets remain on sale for $10. Tickets are good for one night each.
"This is a perfect chance for everybody to save $5," he said, adding that tickets are available from himself and Reese, the Chamber of Commerce office or the mayor's office.
The CAC staff is thanked for their help and participation.
Thanks went out to the sponsors and the community.
"They make mine and Mike Reese's job easier, and I always like to thank the community. No matter what the fire department does, we always get the support of the community. It also makes our job much easier," he said.
He added that crowd size will depend on the weather.
"The main thing we need is great weather," Regis said.
DeFrank can be reached at email@example.com