Tuesday, September 05, 2000

DamFest benefits Butler health care

Entertainment, games will rule next weekend

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Get ready for some ax throwing, speed chopping, log rolling and tree climbing.

        It's all part of the lumberjack shows at this year's 12th annual DamFest next weekend along the banks of the Great Miami River across from Miami Univer- sity-Hamilton. More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which will feature entertainment, boat rides, a kids' fair, and game and food booths.

        “It's just a real warm feeling to know that the community will pull together for something of this magnitude,” said DamFest Director Pat Burg.

        DamFest has raised more than $400,000 for the Fort Hamilton Healthcare Foundation, which uses the money to buy equipment for Fort Hamilton Hospital and fund community health education programs. The Colleagues of Fort Hamilton Hospital, a volunteer group, organizes the annual event.

        New this year will be a wake-boarding competition. Crowd favorites include the duck race and ski-board competition.

        “Some of our focus has been to do water-related activities,” said Kathy Pollicita, director of the Fort Hamil ton Foundation. “Each year, we try to come up with new ideas to make it interesting for people to come and be a part of the event.”

        Water events include the Mastercraft Water Ski Team Championships, which will feature seven of the country's top ski teams.

       DamFest is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.


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