By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer
OAKWOOD – “There is something for everyone” is certainly an understatement when it comes to the annual Labor Day weekend homecoming celebration at Oakwood. From a variety of food to a cemetery walk, family entertainment including games and movies to races on the river, Oakwood will set the stage for what will not only be a time to celebrate 125 years of memories but to make new ones as well.
It’s not a celebration without food and homecoming weekend will kick off with a fiesta dinner on Friday at 7 p.m. This fundraiser will be held in the large tent near the park. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 419-594-3337. Proceeds from the fiesta will go to the library.
Saturday will be a day filled with activities starting at 7 a.m. with the fire department breakfast and ending with the movie night at the Cooper Community Library at 9 p.m.
Also slated for Saturday: 9 a.m. softball tournament; 1 p.m. tractor Olympics; 3 p.m. Little Miss Oakwood; 4 p.m. bingo; 5 p.m. Little king and queen; 6 p.m. Miss Oakwood; 7 p.m. community recognition (Mr. & Mrs. Oakwood, grand marshal, Taylor Award); 7:30 p.m. Memories of Oakwood; 9 p.m. adult scavenger hunt.
So that hunger will not be a problem while attending the homecoming, food stands will be open from 2-10 p.m. on Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday and noon-5 p.m. on Monday. Rude Dining at Phil’s will be open and also will greet homecoming friends and visitors. Phil’s is open from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday. The community building also will be open and offering tacos and funnel cakes, baked potatoes, ice cream, pop and water.
Activity on Sunday will open with a health walk at 8 a.m. and a community worship service scheduled for 9:30 a.m. A tractor pull will take place at 10 a.m. followed by a pedal pull at 1 p.m.
A cemetery walk will begin at 1:30 at Prairie Chapel and participants will visit grave sites and hear stories of former residents.
For those with an imagination and a flair for creativity, residents will be challenged to make something out of a wooden pallet. Bring your masterpiece to the northeast side of the tennis court for display as visitors appreciate the work of some of the areas self proclaimed artists.
On Sunday evening, master magician/illusionist Aedryan Methyus will entertain with his one-man standup cabaret act that will make for an evening of fun and laughter. Show time is 8:30 p.m. at the big tent.
Labor Day Monday will kick off with the annual parade at 11 a.m.
The afternoon will again be a variety of kid games including inflatables and rides while adults will enjoy The Price Is Right and bingo. The celebration will conclude with the cardboard boat races at 4 p.m. followed by the duck race at 5.
The rules for the boat race have been lifted. All you need to know is that boats are to be made of cardboard only and no Styrofoam will be permitted. Life jackets must be worn and participants must be able to haul their boat out of the water in the event it sinks.
The library will be the location to meet the authors. On Monday at noon, Jane Nice, author of Married to Millie, and Jean Ann Geist, author of Only in the Movies and Only on the Radio, will be available to talk about their books and their experience as an author. Both will have their writings available for purchase. Stop in after the parade for a visit.
This weekend, stop in Oakwood and enjoy the food, the folks and the fun. But most of all make a memory.
Schedules, registration forms and additional information can be found at Oakwoodhomecoming.weebly.com, or join Oakwood Homecoming on Facebook.