CEDARVILLE — An up-and-coming country singer, a miniature train display and an appearance by CareFlight headline the attractions at Cedarfest Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
Centered in what many believe is the home of Labor Day — Cedarville native and then-US senator James H. Kyle was one of the prominent sponsors of the legislation creating the holiday in the late 1800s — the three-day festival has the old standards and some hot new features at Cedarville Community Park.
A concert by Wyatt McCubbin 8:15 on Sunday will serve as the prelude to the 9:30 (approximate time) fireworks display. The 19-year-old McCubbin released his first album, “Bootleg” last November and has opened for Merle Haggard, George Jones and David Allan Coe.
Dayton-N-Track will have it’s massive mini-train collection on display all three days (12-7 Saturday, 1-8 Sunday and 12-6 Monday) inside Grace Baptist’s Activity Center, 109 N. Main St.
“It is humongous,” said Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Lori Harris. “It’s (nationally) recognized. It’s unbelievable.”
CareFlight will return again, landing near the baseball diamonds at the park 4 p.m. Sunday. Attendees can get an up-close-and-person look inside Miami Valley Hospital’s air rescue helicopter.
Herman Randall, a 1936 graduate of Cedarville High School and long-time area resident will serve as grand marshal for the parade on Main Street 1 p.m. Monday.
The Cedarville Township Volunteer Fire Department will have its popular pancake breakfast at the department 7 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m Monday.
The all-you-can-eat mean includes pancakes, eggs, sausage patties/links, home fries, juice, & coffee. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children (12 and under) and adults 55 and older.
A Cornhole tournament will take place each day along with a battle of the bands competition at the opera house. Saturday’s battle of the bands is for any age, while Sunday features separate contests for high school and college bands. The winners face off on Monday.
The popular car show in the Grace Baptist parking lot starts at 6 p.m. Sunday.
For more information and a complete schedule visit www.cedarvillechamber.com or call 937-766-5418.
Scott Halasz covers Xenia and Greene County for the Xenia Daily Gazette. He can be reached at 937-502-4507.