Stryker Heritage Day

Stan Ingram and Mark Miller from First Baptist Church manned the dunk tank during the Stryker Heritage Day last year. The dunk tank will return as part of the festivities on Saturday. File

Late Williams County Sheriff’s Deputy Mick Frisbie, who died earlier this year, will be honored this Saturday during Stryker’s Heritage Day festivities.

In fact, he will be honored in two different ways, the first will be through a 5K memorial run that will start off the festivities on Saturday.

Registration for the event will start at 7:30 a.m. with an 8:30 a.m. start time. It will be at Jagger Cone, 201 Ellis St.

“That’s new this year; It’s the first annual Mick Frisbie Memorial Run,” said Beth Rediger, Stryker village fiscal officer. “His daughter, Allie, is (organizing) the 5K.”

Frisbie will also posthumously receive the Good Neighbor Award from Mayor Joey Beck at noon at the American Legion.

Frisbie was a longtime Stryker resident.

“He had served on council; his kids graduated here,” Rediger said.

Nominations were collected for the Good Neighbor Award, she said, and Frisbie was selected.

According to the nomination, Frisbie “was a friend, a business owner, a council member and a devoted Stryker Panther.”

He knew no stranger, according to the nomination, and could often be found chatting with people at school events or pulling over his cruiser to say hi to a family friend walking their dog.

He owned a window washing business and would employ young men from the community and would “proudly share his trade with them and probably share lots of useless facts as he was famous for.”

“I have only briefly touched the many things Mick contributed to our village,” the nomination read. “Thanks, Mick, for being a Good Neighbor.”

The Stryker Heritage Day will also feature a game of bingo at the Stryker American Legion at 11 a.m.

“We’re going to have a continental-type breakfast — water, coffee, fruit and donuts and all that — at the Legion,” she said. “We have a lot of stuff on North Depot.”

This includes Port-a-Pit chicken starting at 2:30 p.m. hosted by the Stryker Rotary, sausage sandwiches sponsored by Stryker Parks and Recreation and a hot dog eating contest at Pizza Bob’s at 12:15 p.m.

Clubhouse Pizza will host face painting by “Sassy” the Clown, a kiddie train and ice cream from noon to 3 p.m.

Carnival games, a bounce house and sumo wrestling, a dunk tank, historic building tours and carriage rides will also all be available.

“Everything is geared 100 percent toward kids,” Mayor Beck told Stryker Village Council. “There is one section where we have a guy who moved into town, he’s called Trombone Guy. He has a wide variety of items he plays.”

In addition, the Hillsdale Choir — which Rediger said was a barbershop quartet— will be playing, as well as Lydia Hankins.

The music will start at 1 p.m. and go until 3.

“We’re hoping just to get some people downtown and check out what we got,” Rediger said, adding there will be a cornhole tournament.

The line-up for the parade will start at 4 p.m. at Jagger Cone. Registration is available at the Stryker village office but can also be done on Saturday.

The parade will go from Jagger Cone down Defiance Street through Stryker.

“It will cross the railroad tracks, which sometimes they have to stop in the middle at,” she said. “It is Stryker, we do have trains.”

Last year was the first time for the festival, Rediger said.

“It rained really bad in the morning, but it turned out to be pretty good, we had a good crowd,” she said. “We kind of followed the same path as last year and we’re hoping to have a nice day and have a big turnout.”

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