Marion Days kicks off month of August

Classic cars: Tom Leski from Elmira poses with his 1956 Ford Crown Victoria at last year's Marion Days Car Show. This year, Marion Days will take place from Aug. 1 through Aug. 3 and offer a number of events for all ages, including parades, tractor pulls, a golf scramble, softball tournaments, bounce houses and more. (Herald Review file photo)
Classic cars: Tom Leski from Elmira poses with his 1956 Ford Crown Victoria at last year’s Marion Days Car Show. This year, Marion Days will take place from Aug. 1 through Aug. 3 and offer a number of events for all ages, including parades, tractor pulls, a golf scramble, softball tournaments, bounce houses and more. (Herald Review file photo)

MARION — Hundreds of activities for adults and children are expected to draw residents and visitors to this year’s Marion Days, typically known as Old Fashion Days. This year’s celebration will take place from Aug. 1 through Aug. 3 throughout the village.

“It brings back a lot of people,” said Marion Chamber of Commerce member Andrea McCrimmon. “There is pretty much something for everyone, no matter what age you are.”

To kick off the event, a hot dog roast will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at the South Gate Pavilion in Veterans Park. Musical entertainment will be provided by Dave Berghoff.

Friday hosts a number of events, including street vendors, a street sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, crafts and more beginning at 10 a.m. at the township hall, bingo at the VFW starting at noon and a farm stock tractor show at the west end of the fairgrounds starting at 6 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 4 One Quartet, a gospel musical group, will perform at Marion Park. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the concert. Dessert will be served following the show.

Saturday certainly is not a day to miss, with family-friendly events starting at 8:30 a.m. with a 5K run/walk at Marion High School’s athletic complex. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the entry fee is $15. Also taking place is a music jam, golf scramble, softball tournament, horseshoe tournament, canoe/kayak races, duck race, tractor pulls and more. A grand parade will begin at 3:30 p.m and a street dance will take place from 7 to 11 p.m.

An array of children’s events are scheduled for Saturday as well, with a bicycle helmet safety clinic and fingerprint I.D. program at 9 a.m., children’s parade at 10 a.m. and a frog and toad jumping contest at noon. From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., face painting, a casting competition and a penny scramble will be featured. For the children who need to cool down from all of the fun, a banana split eating contest for those 16 years old and younger will take place at 1 p.m. There is a $2 entry fee.

McCrimmon said the three-day event is a happy time for friends and families to reunite and take part in the fun activities surrounding Marion Days.

“I hope that people have a good time and see that Marion has something for those outside the area,” she added.

Marion Buttons, which allows an entry in the Chamber Gift Give-Away, are available for $3 at Flemmings Clothing, McCrimmons Farm and Feeds, Christie’s Potting Shed and at the Chamber booth. Prizes include gift baskets, gas cards and a karaoke machine. A community drawing also will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets to win an 18-by-21-foot car port are $1 a piece, six tickets for $5 or 25 tickets for $20. They can be purchased from fair board members, Flemmings Clothing, McCrimmon Farm and Feeds and Chamber of Commerce members. If not enough tickets are sold, it will revert to a 50/50 drawing.

For more information, find the Marion Chamber of Commerce on Facebook or call (231) 743-2975. To preregister for the 5K, visit www.marionofd5k.com and to register for the softball tournament, call (231) 667-0509.