Mechanicsburg’s Summer Celebration and Fireworks festival is right around the corner and promises to be the biggest yet. As a reminder, Summer Celebration is now held annually on the SECOND SATURDAY in July, which is JULY 12 this year. Summer Celebration festivities will combine with the July edition of our ongoing Bicentennial monthly celebrations, making July 12 a day to remember for everyone!
An important part of the annual funding for this event comes from the individual donations folks make as they arrive at the park or leave the parking areas after the fireworks. Our Towne Mechanicsburg has a strong need for volunteers to hold the collection buckets on July 12th, because OTM members will be working in other areas of the festival. If you plan to watch the Fireworks from the school, upper or lower park or near the water tower, please consider volunteering to hold a bucket to accept donations as cars leave these locations. This small commitment of time helps ensure the continuation of this festival. Call 614-579-2120 or 614-584-2467 to volunteer. We also need volunteers for 1 to 2 hour time slots during the day to accept donations at the park entrances. Of course, you can always contribute at the Summer Celebration buckets located on the counters of our local businesses as well.
We also want to extend a massive Thank You to Brad and Jackie Winner and Winner’s One Stop for sponsoring the Fireworks display again this year. This is their way of thanking all of their loyal customers of Winner’s One Stop.
There are several exciting events coming this year that we would like to highlight now, so you can plan your day. In the morning downtown you will find numerous military vehicles and tractors on display, and local businesses open to serve you. The Library will have a book sale, and Make and Take Crafts from 9am – Noon. The Firefighters will be selling Burgers and Hot Dogs from noon to 130pm. And, the Mechanicsburg Bicentennial Choir will give an encore performance at 1pm at the Gazebo.
At 2pm, the Summer Celebration parade will leave Heritage and head up Main Street en route to Goshen Park. This year’s parade will begin with a 15’ x 25’ American flag, and will include the American Legion, emergency and military vehicles, the 66th OVI military reenactment group, the Ohio Village Muffins baseball team, Abraham Lincoln, the Mechanicsburg High School Marching Band, Barely Used Pets (with adoptable pets on hand), Madison and Matthew McMillian on stilts, our local Girl Scouts, newly crowned Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart and much more.
Mackenzie Bart was crowned Miss Ohio earlier this month; she will compete in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City New Jersey on Sept 14, 2014. She is a student at The Ohio State University and a resident of Columbus. Her talent at the Miss Ohio Pageant was “ventriloquism”. Her service platform is “Universal Newborn Screening: Saving Babies’ Lives One Heel Prick at a Time”. Photos can be viewed at www.missohio.org. Mackenzie will be available for a meet and greet, photos and autographs at the park immediately after the parade. Her visit is sponsored by Ellen Spinner and Gentle Care Health Center.
This year’s parade will have two Grand Marshalls. Linda Dozer and Jimmy Mayo will be representing the Mayo family. Linda’s father earned 3 silver stars and her two Uncles earned another combined 3 silver stars. Many of you know well the story of Addison White and his importance to our Village’s history. We are thrilled to have Charlotte Walker, granddaughter of Addison White, in this year’s parade as Grand Marshall as well.
The parade will lead the day’s activities from downtown to Goshen Park. At 3pm on Diamond 1, a team representing several Mechanicsburg organizations will take on the Ohio Village Muffins in a vintage baseball game. Introductions and 1860s rules will start at 3pm, with first pitch at 330pm. The Ohio Village Muffins are a group of enthusiastic lovers of the game who carry on the tradition of the sport as it was played in mid-nineteenth-century America. Burg Youth Sports will have the concession stand open during this time as well.
The upper park will be filled with food and craft vendors, the Mechanicsburg Farmers Market, open chalk drawing on the tennis courts for the kids, and the following scheduled events throughout the afternoon:
5pm and 8pm - Children’s Sand Dig, thanks to Mechanicsburg Sand & Gravel
6pm – Corn Hole tournament, Watermelon eating and seed spitting contests and Apple Pie judging
Drop off your 2-crust traditional and crumb topping apple pies at the Our Towne tent by 5pm. Corn Hole will be double-elimination, with a $20 registration fee. Sign up at the Our Towne tent by 5pm. Payout will be for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Barely Used Pets will also bring their adoptable pets to the park for viewing.
A live DJ with Shamrock Entertainment will provide music beginning at 3pm, with live performances from Kurtz at 530pm and The Mighty Ikes from 7-9pm.
Back by popular demand, we will have Bruce Shawver as Abraham Lincoln. The President will be in the parade, available around the park, and will read the Gettysburg Address just before Mary Lee Simpson sings the National Anthem. The Bicentennial Choir will also perform one more time as we approach Dusk. Festivities will conclude at Dusk with a fireworks display (Fireworks rain date is Sunday July 13).
The American Legion Post 238 is leading the Bicentennial Celebration efforts for July 12, with a strong military theme. They have arranged to have the 66th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI) re-enactment group to hold an encampment at the Southern end of Goshen Park July 11 thru 13. Stop by anytime and visit the encampment, and learn how a military camp looked and operated in the 1800s.
Continuing the theme of military and Independence, the Village, Our Towne Mechanicsburg and the American Legion Post 238 are encouraging all residents to fill the outside of their residences with American Flags. Residents are encouraged to display flags on flag poles, posts and within flower pots and landscaping beginning anytime now and continuing through Summer Celebration July 12. Information on proper ways to display the American Flag can be found at: http://www.chiff.com/a/flag-etiquette.htm .
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