Erlanger sends off summer at Silverlake Park

Patricia A. Scheyer
Patricia A. Scheyer
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The city of Erlanger bid farewell to summer at Saturday’s Summer Sendoff at Silverlake Park.

The event kicked off at 4 p.m. and ended with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. The weather cooperated perfectly, with the sun coming out in the afternoon and the temperatures just right for the end of summer and the beginning of fall.

Covington Mayor Joe Meyer, Erlanger Mayor Jessica Fette, and Independence Mayor Chris Reinersman agreed to put their faces in the chocolate pies to compete for the title of fastest pie eater Saturday at the Summer Sendoff event. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Mayors Joe Meyer, Jessica Fette, and Chris Reinersman go face down into chocolate pies for a contest and a lot of fun. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
A messy contest for the mayors. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Whose face is the messiest? Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Councilmembers Tyson Hermes and Steven Doan show you have to get down and dirty to compete to win. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor

“Once again, this was a Friendship City Celebration for the entire family,” said Erlanger Mayor Jessica Fette. “This year the weather is phenomenal! And I think we have covid kind of behind us at this point, last year was a little more worrisome, and this time everyone is so relaxed, and ready to get back to our normal fun activities coming together as a community. And then on top of this, we’ve done this before. I said to Tyson (Hermes) this morning, this is like a well-oiled machine.”

Councilmember Rebecca Reckers is laughing too hard to eat. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Laughter is the name of the game and everyone is having a good time. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Councilmember Diana Niceley wonders if the win is worth it. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor

So many things were happening at once — a definition of a party to say goodbye to the summer festivities.

Starting at 4 p.m. the band Moonshine Drive began playing music. They weren’t the only band that played. From about 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. the headliner, a band called DV8, took the stage.

Independence Mayor Chris Reinersman debates how long he will have chocolate up his nose. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Covington Mayor Joe Meyer might have been the neatest contestant, only smearing chocolate on his chin. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor

Children had activities designed especially for them, plus Cincinnati Circus brought their bounce houses so kids could get as wild as they wanted.

Two girls compete in the coney eating contest. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Mason Gillespie, 10, shoves the coneys in. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Brandon McCubbin of Burlington methodically eats 3 3/4 coneys. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
And Brandon McCubbin wins a gift card to Skyline. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor

Cincinnati Circus also provided stunt shows, at 4, 6 and 8 p.m., which attracted eventgoers to watch and marvel.

Mayor Jessica Fette fires tee shirts into the crowd of children. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
One fan tries to see if he can catch a tee shirt. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Dad and daughter watch the eating contests. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor

Arts and crafts booths lined up with activities and freebies for guests.

But the contests commanded center stage.

Children greet the stunt show master of ceremonies enthusiastically. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Councilmembers Rebecca Reckers, and Tyson Hermes check in with Mayor Fette, with Joe Daughtery from Public Works. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor

At six o’clock contestants gathered to see who was the best at eating the most coneys from Skyline. Eleven contestants sat down with four cheese coneys in front of them, and a bottle of water, including a ten-year-old named Mason Gillespie who was definitely in it to win it.

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The band Moonshine Drive play some of their music. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor

He didn’t. Brandon McCubbin from Burlington finished 3 3/4 coneys to win.

Immediately on the heels of the coney-crunching was the repeat of the Colonial Cottage Memorial pie eating contest. Chocolate cream pies were again provided by Matt Grimes, the owner of the Colonial Cottage.

Mayor Jessica Fette gives Mayor Chris Reinersman a hug after the pie eating contest. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Mayor Joe Meyer helps Mayor Jessica Fette wipe off some of the chocolate. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor

Mayors from three cities vied for the title — Mayor Chris Reinersman from Independence, Mayor Joe Meyer from Covington and Erlanger Mayor Fette, along with four Erlanger councilmembers, Rebecca Reckers, Jennifer Jasper Lucas, Tyson Hermes and Steven Doan. Tyson Hermes won last year.

“This is such a special event for Erlanger, to be able to share it with our Independence and Covington neighbors and friends makes it even better,” Fette said.

Contestants take a group shot after the pie eating contest. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Children vie to see who can put the ball in the hoop. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor

The pies were not full-sized last year, but this year contestants were given full-size pies. The partially eaten pies were scrutinized and Tyson Hermes was declared the winner.

Again.

Many of the contestants were laughing too hard to eat. Reinersman said he had so much chocolate up his nose he would be blowing his nose all week.

Food trucks are always a big hit. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Mayor Fette gets ready for the coney eating contest. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor
Hawthorne Reckers enjoys a little ice at the festival. Photo by Trisha Scheyer | LINK nky contributor

In a surprise move, Fette said that Bill Wulfeck, who will be announced as the new Erlanger CAO, would judge the pie eating contest, his first official task for the city.

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