BRUNSWICK — The organizers of Brunswick Old Fashioned Days have announced a new name and date for the annual summer festival.
The newly dubbed Brunswick Summer Celebration will be held the first week of July.
Kevin Schemrich, who has helped orchestrate Old Fashioned Days for 26 years as president of Brunswick Productions, said the new name reflects changing times.
Schemrich said Old Fashioned Days, which ran for 32 years, once included contests featuring outfits of bygone decades, but those competitions have fallen by the wayside in recent years.
“There was really nothing old fashioned about Old Fashioned Days,” Schemrich said. “To hear the name, you’d think it was a Yankee peddler festival, not a summer festival. We were fighting a name that didn’t do us justice.”
Organizers also opted to move the festival from June to July 2-7, to include the Fourth of July holiday.
Schemrich said the change will avoid competition with St. Ambrose Catholic Church and Grace Baptist Church, which also hold festivals in June.
“There are just so many events in June, when we decided to change the name, we decided to move the date, too,” Schemrich said.
Brunswick Productions, which coordinates other community events throughout the year, also hopes to put on a bigger and better fireworks show for the Fourth of July during the Brunswick Summer Celebration. In the past, Brunswick Productions arranged a fireworks show during Old Fashioned Days and again for July 4, Schemrich said.
“This year, we can pool all that money together and have a much bigger show on the Fourth,” he said.
The festival still will be on the grounds of Brunswick High School, and the format for the festival will remain the same with food, rides and entertainment. This year, the group hopes to add a few new twists, including a 5K run, a two-day flea market and possibly a beer grotto.
The group is readying to send out information to past sponsors of the Old Fashioned Days with new letterhead and logos for the Summer Celebration.
The group also hopes to get volunteers to help plan and implement the festival. The biggest need is someone with Web design knowledge to help get the new website up and running. Anyone can help lend their talents, Schemrich said.
“There’s something for everyone. We have advertising, sales, physical labor, no matter what people’s likes are, we’ve got something for everyone,” he said.
Anyone interested in becoming involved with the Brunswick Summer Celebration can call Schemrich at (330) 388-7220.
Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.