80th Annual Scio Fall Festival: Remembering the Past

SCIO – Traditions will be maintained and new ones will begin at the Scio Fall Festival, which will be held August 13-16 this year.

Plenty of fun events are planned for the village’s annual Main Street celebration, which began in 1934. The theme is “Remembering the Past”, in honor of the street fair’s 80th Anniversary.

“We are going to remember past businesses, clubs and organizations, and area churches,” said Cindy Francis, Fall Festival Committee member. “We are encouraging the businesses, through our decorating contest, to find pictures from the past to display.”

Francis added that the committee has been working to contact past business owners and family members to act as grand marshals in Friday evening’s parade.

The festival officially starts at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, and the 30th Annual Scio Scramble 5K will begin at 7 p.m. The One Mile Fun Run for children will begin at 6:15 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held at Spiker Fire House approximately one hour after the last entrant crosses the finish line. The race courses through town along Main Street and continues on State Route 646 toward New Rumley. The 5K is a participant in the Tuscarawas Valley Challenge, a series of road races in and around Tuscarawas County. Applications may be downloaded at gorunit.com.

The annual Celebration Parade, which has grown to become one of the biggest parades in Eastern Ohio, will begin on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Harrison Central Husky Marching Band, Canton South Wildcat Marching Band and the Jewett-Scio Viking Alumni Marching Band will all be featured, along with the festival’s queen, princess and junior prince and princess candidates and a number of floats and entries from area organizations.

The festival will open early at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, and the final day is jam-packed with events including the 19th Annual Arm Wrestling Tournament, the 27th Annual Kid’s Parade, the 29th Annual All-Day ‘Show and Shine’ Car Show, and the crowning of royalty. Finally, UEO Buckeye is sponsoring a large fireworks display that will begin at 10:30 p.m.

Daily staples of the festival will include food from local non-profit vendors, amusement rides and games and nightly bingo. Attendees are encouraged to also visit the Scio Historical Museum, located on Main St.

Major sponsors of the festival include the Scio Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion Post 482, Scio Civic Club, Dining Fork Ruritan Club, and Scio Sportsman’s Club. Admission is free, and the festival closes nightly at 11 p.m. To learn more, call (740) 945-0260 or visit facebook.com/Scio-Fall-Festival.

Flyers featuring the complete official schedule may soon be found at various retailers throughout Harrison County.

Warner may be reached at mwarner@timesleaderonline.com.