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Area has lots going on in coming weeks

By JIM BREWER Published: June 13, 2017 4:00 AM

Starting with the Perrysville Harvest Festival June 15-17, Loudonville, Perrysville and the Mohican Area are going to be very busy the next few weeks.

The Harvest Festival is an amended form of the Perrysville Fair, which will not be held this year because promoters were unable to contract a ride company, will be followed on Saturday, June 24, with the inaugural Thrills in the Hills Bike Show, a motorcycle event running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the biggest weekend of the summer with the 17th Annual Loudonville Car Show July 1, an antique festival the same and the next day, and the traditional fireworks show the evening of Saturday, July 1 at dusk. Fireworks will be shot off from centrally located Riverside Park in Loudonville.

And the following weekend, July 7-9, the 33rd Annual Great Mohican Pow-Wow will be held at the Mohican Reservations Campground south of Loudonville.

The Perrysville Harvest Festival will be held on North Bridge Street and other side streets in downtown Perrysville on Thursday and Friday, June 15 and 16, from noon to 10 p.m., and Saturday, June 17, from noon to 10 p.m.

The format will be about the same as the Perrysville Fair, without the rides. Exhibit activity will be housed in the Perrysville Community Center, including arts, crafts and hobbies, and setups for both a raffle basket and meat and freezer drawing.

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Thursday will feature homemaker demonstrations; bingo from 6-8 p.m.; a band performance from 7 to 10; bicycle drawing at 8:15 p.m.; and an outdoor family movie.

Friday activities include outdoor skills demonstrations, bingo from 6 to 8; band from 7-10; garden tractor pull, with weigh-in at 5, and the pull at 6; a band from 7-10, bike drawing at 8:15, and another outdoor family movie.

Saturday highlight is the festival parade, which will form at 10 a.m. at the Green-Perrysville Fire Department on the east end of town.

The parade will step-off at noon, according to parade director Julienne Zody. Trophies will be awarded for marching units, floats, antique farm machinery, antique tractors, sports vehicles, muscle cars, best of show and judge's trophies.

Medals will be presented for the Pet Parade and Bicycle entries. For more information, contact Zody at 419-938-6156, or 419-606-4890.

A pedal pull will follow at 1:30 p.m., a demonstration by the Ashland County Sheriff's Office Band at 2:15 p.m.; a band performance from 7-10, and another bike drawing at 8:15, and another outdoor family movie.

Other festival chairs are arts, crafts and hobbies, Susie Stake; food vendors, Joe Eggerton; music, Jackie Holland; and tractor pull, Zeb Brecheisen.

The Thrills in the Hills Bike Show is an effort, made by the Legion Riders of American Legion Post 257 in Loudonville, to revive the Mohican Bike Show held several years ago.

The event will feature over $1,500 in payout with a best of show prize of $500. The event will include all-day entertainment, food, drinks and vendors. For information on entering the show, contact Mindy Hinkle at 330-317-6262.

Loudonville's biggest summer special event, the Loudonville Car Show Saturday, July 1, annually attracts 500 or more show cars and has many times been rated as the best downtown show by the Car Show magazine, Crusin' Times. Official show times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with cars displayed from Main Street downtown west to Union Street, and on several side streets. The event will include music, food, raffles, and downtown shopping.

Running with the car show and the Sunday afterward is the Loudonville Antique Festival, scheduled Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 8 to 5. A number of antique vendors will have their wares displayed in the southern two quadrants of Loudonville's Central Park, adding interest to the car show.

Loudonville's Annual Independence Day Weekend fireworks show will be at dusk Saturday, July 1. The show is funded entirely by donations and Foundation bequests for the purpose of the show, and the fireworks vendor is Zambelli Fireworks, regarded as one of the finest fireworks shows in the Midwest.

Activities move south to the Mohican Reservations Campground, on the Wally Road about six miles south of Loudonville, the following weekend (July 7-9) for the second most enduring event (to the Loudonville Fair) in the Mohican area, the Great Mohican Pow-Wow. Activities start at 10 a.m. each day on the festival grounds at the Mohican Reservation. Admission is $8 per day for adults, $4 for kids 6-12, and free to preschoolers.

The Pow-Wow, which has been rated as one of the best such shows in the U.S., includes Indian dancing, music, storytelling and a full bevy of vendors displaying Indian artistry, crafts and foods.

The Pow-Wow was founded in 1984 by the late Allen Combs, who at the time was an area recreation entrepreneur with a special interest in frontier and Indian heritage. It has grown in the time since, and a fostering interest by Mohican Reservations Owner Chris Snively, into one of the largest Pow-Wows in the U.S.

One of the performers, Robert White Eagle, has been around for virtually every Pow-Wow since its inception.


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