Festival offers plenty of food, fun
Chingawassa isn’t just an event for adults. The family-friendly festival also offers plenty of fun for little ones.
A community barbecue at 5:30 p.m. Friday will feed all comers until food runs out.
Dessert — or just a cool snack — is an ice cream social at 6 p.m.
Saturday’s first event is a 7 a.m. pancake feed in the blue tent.
Who can pass up a watermelon feed at 2 p.m.? To feast on watermelon line up at the blue tent.
Rhino’s Den beer garden will open at 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday on the west side of the park. Last call will be at 11:45 p.m.
Vendors will sell street tacos, hamburgers, nachos, barbecue, funnel cake, limeade, and cotton candy.
Games for kids and adults
A Friday morning disc golf tournament at Marion County Lake will kick off festival recreation. An entry fee is required.
On Saturday an old fashion horseshoe pitching tournament will launch at the horseshoe pits at 8 a.m. An entry fee applies.
Registration for Rhino Color Run will be from 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the Central Park entrance. The race will begin at 8 a.m. An entry fee is required.
Mini Dinky Duck Races for kids ages 10 and younger will feature ducks at $1 each, with every participant guaranteed to win a prize.
Luta Creek Golf, a hole-in one golf challenge, will be 9 a.m. at Luta Creek Stage. Entry is $2 a ball.
A girls painting class will be at 10 a.m. Entry is $15. Boys painting class will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Walk-ups are welcome.
Cha-Chinga scavenger hunt will begin at 10 a.m. in the northeast shelter. The scavenger hunt winner will get a $300 cash prize.
Inflatables for kids also will be offered starting at 10 a.m.
Kids can climb a rock wall at 10 a.m. as well.
Pick Your Luck at 10:15 a.m. at the Rock Stage will award prizes of $10 and $5.
A dodge ball game in the basketball court will begin at 10:15 a.m.
Dinky Duck Races for an array of prizes will begin at 10:30 a.m. by the park fountain. Cost is $5 for one duck, $25 for six ducks, $50 for 12 ducks, and $100 for 25 ducks.
A firefighter combat challenge will be at 11 a.m. on Elm St. across from the park.
Three-on-three basketball challenge will be on the basketball court at 11 a.m. Entry is $10 a team, with a maximum of four on the team. Registration will be at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded.
Dar’s Texas Hold ’Em will begin at noon at the beer garden and yellow tent. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. and the game is limited to 100 players.
Rock Paper Scissors at the rock stage will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will be followed by Heads/Tails at 1 p.m.
Co-ed sand volleyball at the volleyball court will begin at 1:15 p.m. Three-person teams with at least one female may register for $30 a team.
Rhino Size Jenga will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the rock stage.
Wiener dog races, for full-blooded dachshunds only, will start at 2 p.m. at the park fountain.
Bingo will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the blue tent.
A sanctioned kids pedal tractor pull will begin at 2:30 p.m. with registration at 2 p.m. at the basketball court.
An adult bean bag tournament will be at 4 p.m. at the beer garden. Cost will be $10 per team, and registration will open at 3:30 p.m.