Special Events & Festivals

  

Extracation demo


Photo by Steve Clark.

The Markle Fire Department performs at extrication demonstration on a junk car during the Markle Wildcat Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, in downtown Markle.

 

Taking a shot


Photo by Steve Clark.

Liz Daniels (right) flings a beanbag during the Markle Wildcat Festival Cornhole Tournament, held Saturday, Aug. 23, in downtown Markle.

 

C'mon, froggie!


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Ben Lawlor, of Markle, urges his frog to jump during the Wildcat Festival Frog Jumping Contest at Markle Park on Saturday, Aug. 23.

 

Wildcat waterball


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Markle Volunteer Fire Department members (from left) Phoebe Harmon, Justine Eberle and Bob Rzasa concentrate on the target during the Wildcat Festival Waterball Contest against a team from Ossian. Children also had a chance to participate in the fun.

 

Weiner dog races


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Megan Karst (left) and Justin Stanley release their "weiner" dogs in one of Wildcat Festival Weiner Dog Races at Markle Park on Saturday, Aug. 23. The inaugural event drew three contestants.

 

Sand castle construction


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Zach Robbins, of Huntington, works carefully on building sandcastles during the Wildcat Festival Sandcastle Building Contest at the Markle Pool at Markle Park.

 

Tough task


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Conner Mason, of Markle, works on lining up a Rubik's Cube during the Wildcat Festival Rubik's Cube Contest on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Markle Park.

 

Balloon fun


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Bubblicious the clown puts together a balloon animal at the Markle Park during the Wildcat Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23.

 

Taking aim


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Kierra Ormsby, of Bluffton, takes aim at a Disk Ball target in the kids' games section at the Markle Park during the Wildcat Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23.

 

Cooling off at the parade


Photo by Scott Trauner.

Young Mason Spradlin looks intense as heĀ  works on a flavored ice treat during the Markle Wildcat Festival Parade on Saturday morning, Aug. 23. Holding the child is Matt Klug.

 

Grouches help judge the parade


The newest Markle Grouches join Markle Town Council President Jeff Humbarger (center) on the judges stand to judge the Wildcat Festival Parade on Saturday morning, Aug. 23. Looking over the entries are (from left) Molly Brown, Jennifer Bailey with help from Emma Bailey, Pastor Steve McPeek and Tracie Wolf.

 

Heading down the parade route


Photo by Scott Trauner.

The Wells County Color Guard heads down the parade route during the Markle Widlcat Festival Parade on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

 

Several new events to freshen up Markle Wildcat Festival this year


TAB file photo.

The Markle Wildcat Festival will have some new events to make this year's festival fresh, while keeping the events that are the hallmarks of the annual celebration.

The festival, which takes place Aug. 22, 23 and 24, is named for "Princess Wildcat," the moniker given to a local Native American woman, explains festival chairwoman Diane Wedler.

"Now we have a Princess Wildcat contest," she says, adding the festival has been held in Markle for about 40 years. This year's theme is "Back to the '80s."

 

Markle Wildcat Festival Schedule of Activities

August 22-24. 2014

Friday, August 22

4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
PORK CHOP DINNER at the Markle Fire Station. Sponsored by the Markle Fire Department.

6:30 p.m.
WINNERS OF THE GROUCH CONTEST will be announced at the Markle Fire Station.

7:00 p.m.
KICKBALL TOURNAMENT at Markle Park's front diamond.

8:00 p.m. to ?
MUSIC BY DJ WATT and FIREWORKS BY FANTASY FIREWORKS at Markle Park. Rain date: Sat., Aug. 23.

Saturday, August 23

All day
FOOD VENDORS at Markle Park.