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In a summer dominated by festivals, "Summerfest '89" may rank among the bigger ones.

Scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday at Chestnut Ridge Park, it will mark the opening of a campaign to create an endowment fund to cover the annual operating costs of Camp Good Days and Special Times, a camp for children with cancer.

The camp, on Keuka Lake near Branchport, last month opened for the first of several sessions for children with cancer, children of cancer victims, and brothers and sisters of children with cancer. Its annual budget is approximately $1 million.

This weekend's two-day Summerfest, sponsored by Buffalo-based Sahlen Packing Co. Inc., in cooperation with the Erie County Parks Department, will feature athletic competitions and entertainment, capped by a fireworks display Saturday evening.

Events include a sanctioned 5-kilometer road race, "Run at the Ridge," as well as softball, volleyball and tennis tournaments.

Entertainment includes performances Saturday by the Sweet Home High School Jazz Band, the Sherry Martin School of Dance, the Buffalo Swing, the Backwoods/Moonshine Cloggers, and the Boomers, a rock group.

There will be performances Sunday by the Bergholz German Band, the J.C. Thompson Band, and the Bar Room Buzzards.

Sunday afternoon's program calls for a celebrity softball game between local media personalities and a team made up of Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Jills.

Area personalities -- politicians, athletes and media people -- will serve as "victims" at a dunk tank, beginning Saturday at 4 p.m. and ending when there are no more celebrities ready to take the plunge.

There also will be helicopter rides, pony rides, water games, kiddie games, face painting, and food concessions.

Co-sponsored by Pepsi Cola, the Norstar Bank, and the Basil Family of auto dealerships, the program begins Saturday morning with registration for the race, and concludes at 9:15 p.m. Sunday.

Those wishing to volunteer are asked to contact the Buffalo office of Camp Good Days at 852-2525.

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