Braving The Rain

ASHVILLE – Rain did not stop area residents from enjoying Ashville.

The Ashville Days Community Celebration took place on Saturday, despite lackluster weather conditions, on and around the firemen’s baseball diamond on Cedar Avenue.

Alongside yard sales and a parade, the event featured a variety of activities, including the “Best Float Contest,” the “Tea Time Hat Contest,” the “T-shirt Contest,” the “Cute as a Bug Costume Contest, the “Sailboat Design Contest,” a pie eating contest, a kickball game, the Ashville Volunteer Fire Department’s pig roast and others.

According to Judy Wroda, event coordinator, the rain was a non-issue for attendees, although a number of vendors packed up due to the weather.

“There are a lot of people here,” Wroda said. “It’s going well. We had 29 entries for the parade and have been giving out all of our prizes.”

Wroda specifically thanked the local stores which donated items to be used as prizes.

“Even with the rain, people are still laughing and having fun,” Wroda said.

Melissa Wilson, “Scentsy” independent consultant from Dewittville, said that she attends a number of shows and events as a vendor.

“This is my first year (at the Ashville Community Celebration),” Wilson said. “There are still quite a few people here despite the rain.”

Wilson also said that the parade earlier in the morning was enjoyable.

One event attendee agreed, saying that the parade included some interesting floats.

Richard Pidanick, owner of “Recycled Peaces,” said that he believed rain was a limiting factor for sales this year, although he was hopeful that as the event continued, the weather might turn around.

According to Wroda, the celebration is slated to grow further in the coming years. Next year, Jim Wroda Auction Service will open its doors to hold an antique flea market during the event.