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CultureFest, MustardFEST draws crowds to downtown Springfield

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Even longtime Springfield residents experienced CultureFest for the first time. Melissa Fultz tried several times to go to the Springfield Farmers Market, but it rained.

Taking preschooler Carter Roscoe with her, not only did she go to the Farmer’s Market and shop at Champion City Guides + Supply for the first time, but Carter Roscoe enjoyed live music and saw colorful shirts, so she went to CultureFest. It was a nice bonus to find. Mom appreciated what it represented, but it was for sale.

“It means a lot and shows positivity,” she said.

expeditionPhoto: Champion City Winner Dog Race

The Baha’i community of Springfield has sponsored several positive children’s activities that represent the unity of humanity. Eight-year-old Hadley Scanlan was drawn to it after her best friend let Hadley down on Friday, incorporating activities to replace her negative behavior with virtue.

Hadley’s grandmother, Julie Scanlan of Donnellsville, said: “She has a good heart for people and we are very proud of her.

Hadley loves to draw and has had many opportunities to help with community art sponsored by the Springfield Promise Neighborhood and to paint faces. She also enjoyed watching the Springfield High American Sign Language group perform.

A record number of 85 vendors attended the Culture Fest, according to event organizer Aaron Clarke, who said people were ready to come back after events were canceled over the past two years due to the pandemic. I was.

Just down the street, National Road Commons Park hosted a mustardfest for the Wiener Dog Race. Thirty-two registered and many other breeds had their owners cheering on their breeds, along with several spectators, including residents of nearby townhouses such as Christen and Justin Mosier.

Over the past few weeks they’ve been enjoying the 5k race and the Springfield Jazz and Blues Festival.

Brian and Emily Corbin brought their wiener Fletch from Marion, Ohio. Their family found information on Springfield events and found fun day trips.

“It’s a beautiful day. It’s amazing how many people are here,” said Emily Corbyn.

DeGraff’s Kaley and Nathan Bodey brought a 7-year-old dachshund named Dyna to the race. Their goal wasn’t to bring home prizes, but to be around her breed and get some exercise.

“It’s good for her. We really just want her to socialize,” said Nathan Body.

Dinah didn’t win the heat, but she got a bacon feast in return for her efforts, and her owner enjoyed it. she wasn’t alone.

Many of the competitors never left the starting line, some posing for the crowd, and Mama’s, described by the owner as a diva who had previously competed in wiener dog races in Dayton’s Oregon neighborhood. Some people were just not interested.

A dachshund named Charlie had a cheering section of seven people and posters supporting him. He had placed his 2nd and his 3rd in the previous champion city races, but dropped his first heat this year instead of his 1st place year.

The heat of the day combined with a back injury earlier this year may have kept Charlie out of the podium, but Springfield owners William and Christina Taylor always have next year.

“Now our offseason training begins,” William Taylor said with a smile.

MustardFest continued into Saturday night with live Oktoberfest music, food trucks and seasonal craft beer. The event will resume on Sunday at noon with Woeber’s Mustard Recipe Cook-Off: Brunch Edition, where attendees will use his Woeber products to devise unique dishes that will be judged by a group of local chefs. Live music will follow after cook-off.

Admission is free. For more information, visit