The 31st annual Archbold Carp Festival “is becoming a whale of an event,” said Marsha Dowdy, director of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce.
The three-day event, set for July 15-17, will feature one new event and changes in several others.
The new event is “Park & Play Bingo,” a game for seniors sponsored by Fairlawn Haven and Passionate Care, LLC., Archbold.
It will be held in the Ruihley Park Pavilion from 1 to 2:30 pm, Saturday, July 17.
As is tradition, the Carp Fest events begin with the Adriel Ice Cream social on Thursday, July 15, from 5 to 7 pm.
The Farmers Market that week will be extra special, with live music, and an infl atable activity for children from 3 to 6 pm. Families are encouraged to ride their bicycles to the Farmers Market, Dowdy said.
Feature events Friday include the annual Lions Club Fish Fry in Ruihley Park, from 5 to 7 pm, and the Lions Club Auction, starting at 7 pm in the park. The auction lasts until the last item is sold.
Friday also is the first night of two volleyball tournaments.
Saturday is a busy day in Archbold, with the 5K Run and two-mile Walk for the Lights starting at 8 am, and the Steve Schnitkey Fishing Derby at 9 am.
Art in the Park is back, and Dowdy said while there are fewer vendors this year, there will be more vendors offering artworks than crafts.
“It’s more what Art in the Park was created to be, an art show and sale,” Dowdy said.
Artists are coming from as far away as the Cincinnati- Northern Kentucky area to display their work. Art in the Park runs from 11 am to 5 pm.
There will be live music, with three bands playing in the band shelter. The music will be lounge jazz, blues and folk rock, and jazz variety. Live music lasts from 2 to 8 pm.
The Kids Zone features inflatables and hands-on activities from 11 am to 3 pm.
A special time period, 5 to 8 pm, is set aside for Family Fun in Ruihley Park. Guests can bring lawn chairs, blankets, and park games to the park.