Old Fashioned Days right around corner

July 27, 2017

By Julie Traynor
Correspondent

 
Marion is busy this week preparing for the 59th Marion’s “Old Fashioned” Days celebration, August 4-6. Folks at the Marion Chamber of Commerce are gearing up and hope to make the annual homecoming celebration a great time for all. There are many fun filled and family oriented events planned. We will highlight a few of the many festivities. 

Military veterans march during the Old Fashion Day Parade.

Military veterans march during the Old Fashion Day Parade.

Marion’s Old Fashioned Days invites all First Responders, no matter what community they may serve, to be honorees at the annual homecoming celebration and parade. Our community says a big Thank You to those highly trained and determined folks who come when the unforeseen strikes and help is needed. These men and women are often the first helping hands to arrive when help is most needed. Firefighters, EMT’s and all emergency responders are invited to join in the Grand Parade and share the honors as Grand Marshals.

Festivities for the begin on Friday August 4. The Marion Chamber of Commerce, official sponsors of the event, will begin selling 50/50 raffle and Duck Race tickets on Friday at the Chamber booth. One dollar each or six tickets for $5.  
Bingo at the VFW and the United Methodist Church rummage sale begin at 11am. Street vendors and sidewalk sales kick off at noon. There is a Corn Hole tournament Friday at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 6pm.

Friday evening from 6-8pm will be the very popular Cruise-In of vintage autos on Main Street. Stroll on downtown for a flash back for a look at Marion’s motoring past. Hot dogs, chips and pop will be available on the street. This event is sponsored by the Flashback Café and Barb’s Creekside Salon. Either may be contacted for more information.

Children of all ages enjoyed the Greased Pig event at last years Marion Days festival.

Children of all ages enjoyed the Greased Pig event at last years Marion Days festival.

Saturday morning the Marion Days 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8:30am at the High School. Find more information atwww.marionofd5k.com.

 If a good run isn’t your thing contact Jeff Wilson for the OFD Golf Scramble, 388-1230. The annual Old Fashioned Days Softball tourney also begins at 8am at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Contact Rita Moggo at 743-6122 for more.

Numerous attractions begin at 9am on Saturday. The Marion Volunteer Fire Department’s fire trucks and other equipment will be on display at the hall. Crafts will be on display at Christie’s Vintage Stone Venue from 9am-5pm. Street vendors, bake sales and sidewalk sales resume.

Third place Doug Marks sends his horseshoe sailing

Third place Doug Marks sends his horseshoe sailing

Whether you are a car buff or not, be sure to check out the beauties on display the very popular Vintage Car, Truck and Bike Show at the Fair Grounds from 9am-2pm. Contact Gary Brackett at 679-1265 to register. This is the 13th year for this event.
Kids will be excited for a number of morning events, highlighted by the Children’s Parade at 10:30am. Assembly is at the Dart parking lot at 10am. Be sure your little folks have the chance to strike it rich while digging in the sawdust and coin pile, located somewhere on Main Street.

 Steven D the One Man Band will once again provide music on Main Street from 11am until parade time in front of the Village Hall. The Horseshoe Bar’s beverage tent is open from 11am-1am. The Methodist Church luncheon begins at 11:30amand the much anticipated VFW chicken barbeque commences serving at noon at the VFW hall and pavilion.

One of the most popular events for the past few years is the Canoe and Kayak races held on the Mill Pond. The competition begins at high noon. There are plenty of good viewing sites at the pond. Contact Rob Ryan, 920-0932 for more information.
The Marion All School Alumni Reunion will welcome former students at the high school cafeteria at 1pm for the annual get together. The classes of 1967 and 1977 are honorees this year. All are welcome to attend.

Canoe stalker? No, just an avid supporter cheering his team with a push and a splash on to the finish line in the popular canoe races.

Canoe stalker? No, just an avid supporter cheering his team with a push and a splash on to the finish line in the popular canoe races.

The Grand Parade will kick off at 3:30pm from the high school and will feature all of the usual entrants which Marionites look forward to seeing; from the VFW and the MHS band to the water shooting fire trucks and all of the fun in between. All parade entrants are asked to assemble at 3pm at the high school parking lot.

The Marion Arbor of Gleaners is giving away two bicycles, one boys and one girls. The bikes are on display in front of Flemming’s Clothing. Entries may be made until the time of the drawing at 5pm.

  The 50-50 Drawing will be held at 5pm, followed by the very popular Duck Race. Ducks will be dumped into the river on Main Street and the first three to reach the finish line at the park will win. After the Ducks, stroll on over to the very popular Greased Pig catching contest on the south end of the park. This is a hugely popular event. The fun begins at 6pm.

After a full Old Fashioned day, relax at the River Pavilion with some Music in the Park with Tim Michell, Cole, Jada and Taylor. This is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

Dick and Arlene Swiler served as the Grand Marshals in this year’s parade.

Dick and Arlene Swiler served as the Grand Marshals in this year’s parade.

Enjoy a hearty breakfast with your Marion Days visitors on Sunday morning at the VFW. The Auxiliary ladies will be serving from 8:30am-1pm.

And last, but certainly not least, there will be a Volleyball tournament at the park from 9:30am until it is done. Those interested may call Robin Scott at 989-544-1779 for more information.




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