As mentioned in my last column, we have two more big events approaching as a busy Covington July comes toward a close.
Saturday, July 25, is the date of the annual Covington 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. This event, which began as the Dan Kendig/Todd Pickering Memorial Tournament many years ago, is now run by the fine officers and chief of the Covington Police Department, with some assistance by the Covington Noon Optimist Club.
The tournament is for men and women, each team with three or four players. All levels of players are welcome. Some may have no experience, but we could potentially see some former professionals. It will be held at the Covington Middle School courts this coming Saturday. Entries must be received to the Covington Police Department at 1 S. High St. by 4 p.m. this Friday, July 24. The tournament entry form is available by visiting the village website (Covington-oh.gov), and then just click on the Events section on the right. Cost is $60 per team, and checks may be made payable to the Covington Noon Optimist Club. The teams will be grouped in divisions, based on similar average age, size, and playing ability. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of two games, as it is a double elimination tournament with a loser’s bracket. Games are all half-court, and all games will be officiated. We have already passed the deadline to receive tournament t-shirts, but again, please download the entry form and get it, along with $60, to the Covington P.D. via mail or drop-off by 4 p.m. Friday.
The 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of several businesses and individuals and families of the area. They will be listed at the tournament. Please support those who support the positive events of our town. Also, the Noon Optimist Club will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, shredded chicken sandwiches, fresh cut homemade French fries, water, pop, energy drinks, and freeze pops at the tournament. The Optimists welcome all community members to simply come out and eat lunch and support the Covington Noon Optimist Club, while taking in what should be a great day of basketball!
Next weekend, St. Teresa Catholic Church is holding their annual festival at the parish grounds on East U.S. 36. For all you bingo lovers, and I know there are many out there, this year’s festival will feature bingo all three days. The festivities will kick off on Friday, July 31, at 4 p.m. Friday will begin with St. Teresa’s famous fish fry, serving from 4-6:30 p.m. And take it from your author, St. Teresa fish is delicious fish! Friday night bingo will start at 7 p.m.
Saturday will include bingo from 5-10 p.m. and Sunday bingo will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday will also feature free horse rides and a clown to entertain the kids on Sunday afternoon. Bring out the family for a big game of kickball on Saturday night at 8 p.m. On Sunday, barbecue chicken dinners are back, beginning at noon until gone. Tickets for the dinners may be purchased at Arens Publications, 395 S. High St., Covington, or at church on the day of the barbecue.
Also on Sunday, the Miami Valley Cruisers will have a car show in the parking lot in front of the church. The weekend will also feature a large raffle, with a top prize of $500 and many other prizes. Raffle tickets may also be purchased at Arens or during the festival. There will also be Chuck-A-Luck, a silent auction, and other games of chance taking place all weekend. It should be a nice event, and all money raised helps support the parish and its activities and ministries.
So again, if you are able, please get out and enjoy the upcoming events here in town.
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