Parade, block party entry deadline approaching

By Amanda Crowe acrowe@civitasmedia.com

June 3, 2014

FAIRBORN — The Fairborn Festival Committee is gearing up for this year’s Fourth of July festivities including the block party and parade, which both deadline Monday, June 9.

The traditional family block party will take place from 4-10 p.m. Thursday, July 3 on Main Street.

“The committee will be meeting this week to narrow down an entertainment schedule,” said Paul Newman, committee member and Chamber executive director. “A complete schedule of event details and the naming of the parade’s Grand Marshall will be announced in the next few weeks.”

The Fourth of July parade will start at 10 a.m., rain or shine, and follow its traditional route beginning on Broad Street, up Central Avenue and then down Main Street. Fireworks and bands will conclude the July 4th festivities at Community Park.

“Fourteen different awards will be presented to those judged best in various categories that are described in the parade brochure,” Newman said.

All groups or individuals that wish to participate in either the block party or the parade can pick up an application brochure at the Chamber of Commerce office, the lobby of the city government building, the Fairborn Community Library or Foy’s Variety Store.

“Applications received after June 9 will face a $20 late fee while those after June 16 will have a $40 late fee,” Newman said.

Costs for a 22-foot by 10-foot block party booth are $75 without electric and $85 with electric. Costs for non-profit booth space is $40 without electric and $50 with electric. There is no charge for the first two vehicles in the parade but a fee of $50 per additional vehicle is required.

Combined with Fairborn’s two-day Independence Day Celebration, Fairborn’s Heritage Celebration will take place from 4-8 p.m. July 3 at Mercer-Smith Log Cabin with free wagon rides from the block party. Enjoy historical reenactments, tours of the 1799 log cabin, beautiful gardens which are part of the Garden Tour, artwork, period yard games, music and more.

On Saturday, July 5, the Osborn Historic Garden Club will conduct its “All-American Garden Tour” featuring gardens throughout the city.