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Beautiful Central Park and downtown Loudonville will be the focal point of major holiday activity over the Fourth of July weekend, with most activities taking place on Saturday, July 1.
The village will host its 18th Annual Loudonville Car Show, one of the biggest and best in Ohio, on July 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. With good weather, an average of over 500 cars register for this event, which multiple times has been rated as the best downtown car show in Ohio by Crusin' Times Magazine, the journal of car shows in Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
The car show sprawls across the downtown, from Spring Street east through Central Park all the way to Union Street, a four block area, with cars also parked a half a block north and south of Main Street, onto Water, Market and Wood streets. One year show overflow filled a portion of the C.E. Budd school parking lot off South Wood Street.
"In my opinion, Loudonville's is second only to the much larger Good Guys Car Show in Columbus among car shows statewide," frequent car show participant Steve Brown of Newark said. "It features a great mix of cars, quality cars. We really enjoy it."
"We've gone to the Loudonville Show almost every year," Gene Guercia of Brookpark said. "I come with six or seven friends who also bring cars. And we always enjoy the Lions Club chicken barbecue during the car show in Central Park."
Running in conjunction with the car show Saturday, and then again all day Sunday, July 2, will be the Loudonville Antique Festival.
According to Valerie Spreng of the sponsoring Loudonville-Mohican Chamber of Commerce, 16 vendors have registered for the annual festival as of last week. All sorts of antiques will be displayed in the southeast and southwest quadrants of Central Park, with classic cars parked on the streets around them.
The Antique Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Finally, to cap off a very full day Saturday, the annual Loudonville Fireworks Show will be held, with the fireworks shot off by Zambelli Fireworks from a site in centrally located Riverside Park at dusk.
Fireworks are a Loudonville tradition, held most Fourth of July holiday weekends since the 1950s, always in Riverside Park. Fireworks are funded entirely by donations.
Between the car show, antique fest, fireworks show and all of the regular recreational attractions of the Mohican area, like camping, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, boating, swimming, zip lining and sight-seeing, upwards of 20,000 visitors are expected to crowd into the area for the four day weekend, Georgia Kauffman, director of the Loudonville-Mohican Visitor's Bureau, commented.