The Blanchester community, under the orchestration of the Blanchester Area Chamber of Commerce, is gearing up for the Clinton County Bicentennial parade, accompanied by a festival and fireworks show to be held on Saturday, July 3, 2010. While Blanchester’s annual July 4th event always has hundreds of participants and even more spectators, this year’s event will undoubtedly surpass previous year’s numbers as it takes on a countywide focus.
The parade will begin at noon at Blanchester High School’s east entrance and proceed west on State Route 28 through Main Street, concluding at Blanchester’s west entrance to town at Eagle Martin Drive. All county organizations, businesses, churches, schools, communities and individuals are invited to participate in this year’s official Bicentennial Parade. The parade theme is “A Place Called Home: Past, Present and Future,” which provides many opportunities for everyone in the County to get involved. Parade registration begins at 9 a.m. the day of the event at the Blanchester High School Board of Education parking lot, located at 3580 St. Rt. 28, Blanchester, and costs $10 per entry. If you enter a float, you must be in line by 11a.m. to be included in the judging for six coveted awards – three civic and business award winners, the Mayor’s Choice Award, the Best In Keeping with the Theme Award and the Best Family Award. Nashville recording artist Brent Keith will be the master of ceremony for the event. For more information about the parade, please contact Mayor Chad Hollon at 937-783-4702, Jim Krusling at 937-783-2458 or Peggy Scott at 937-783-2433.
Many activities will be going on that day in downtown Blanchester beginning with a car show which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $10. Rods, customs, classics, and custom bikes are encouraged to participate. For more information regarding the car show contact John Porterfield at 937-728-6800.
Inflatable rides, a tractor show, a 5 K run, games, food booths and booths with items for sale, will all be part of the festivities. Watch for details in the Wilmington News Journal.
As for live entertainment, it will be non-stop with performances from 1 p.m. right up until the fireworks show Saturday night. Here’s the line-up:
• 1 p.m. – BHS Marching Band & Ronald McDonald’s “Really Big Shoooe”
• 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. – Shotgun Band
• 4 p.m. – Holmes Brothers
• 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – 3rd Wheel
• 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – George Brothers Band
The fireworks show will take place on the grounds of Blanchester High School around 9:30 p.m. It will be a great way to end the day.
For those who would like to get the party started a little early, Friday evening, July 2, the Blue Collar Band will be performing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Blanchester.
Start planning now. Will you be wearing a historic costume to the festivities? Do you have an idea for a creative entry in the parade? However you decide to participate, don’t miss out making history as Clinton County continues to celebrate its Bicentennial celebration.
Questions regarding the Blanchester event can be directed to Peggy Scott at 937-783-2433.