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Donut Daze is a ‘Hole’ Lot of Fun

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — National Donut Day is June 7, and the Donut Daze festival promises a “hole” lot more fun for the celebration.

The two-day festival begins with a Donut Crawl & Festival on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are available at LiveNewWilmington.com/donut-crawl and include three price levels – $15 for the Creep with five doughnut vendors, $25 for the Crawl with 10 vendors and $35 for the Coma level with all 15 vendors. All three levels include a mug and the choice to fill it once with milk, coffee or Italian Cherry Soda. Vendors will have a selection of single doughnuts for sale as well.

The following Saturday, cycling enthusiasts can take part in the Tour de Donut, a 60-mile bike tour that begins at 8 a.m. and includes periodic stop for an optional doughnut-eating challenge; gluten-free substitutions are available. Registration for Tour de Donut is at Westminster College Field House beginning at 8 a.m. Riders can choose one of three possible routes through the Amish countryside. Those who complete their route and the doughnut challenge receive the doughnut medallion. Registration costs $20 and includes a goodie bag and limited edition T-shirt. Register at NWTourDeDonut.com.

This year, Dunkin’ Donuts introduces its Donut Ninja challenge, which features such obstacles as Donut on a Stick and Munchkin Pong. The fastest “ninja” wins a dozen doughnuts monthly for a year. Pre-register for Donut Ninja at TicketSource.us/live-new-wilmington/t-gerlqj.

“Every year our goal is to bring more unique, fun and donut themed activities the entire family can enjoy,” said Wendy Farmerie, event coordinator.

Children’s can decorate their own doughnut with OH Donut Co., while Arts + Education at the Hoyt will offer its Make It and Take It craft. The Chalk the Walk competition, sponsored by Keller Williams Realty, offers prizes in four categories – 5 years old and younger, 6 to 8, 9 to 12, and 13 and older. Shenango on the Green will also host games.

Other food options include Pizza Joe’s pizza doughnut, a pulled pork doughnut sandwich from Whiting’s Dutch Isle and a drunken doughnut by Fractured Grape Wine Cellars for those 21 and older.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.