PAULDING – John Paulding Days is this weekend on July 13-14 with some new and exciting additions, including the beer tent, bingo, Kids Zone, Revolutionary Color Run, Shop the Square and tours of the old jail.

The fun-filled weekend starts off with the parade at 7 p.m. Friday night. The grand marshals will be local Korean War veterans. Your business or organization can sign up for the parade on the Paulding Chamber of Commerce website at www.pauldingchamber.com.

Enjoy a beer from 4KD Crick Brewery in the beer tent this year, open all weekend, but you must pair that beer with some great food. Venture over to junk food alley and get anything you want fried, including funnel cakes, French fries, corn dogs, elephant ears and other classics. Other foods include barbecue, chicken wings, ice cream, brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy and so much more.

New this year, the Revolutionary Color Run 5K will be held on Saturday morning, July 14, and will also feature a one-mile walk/fun run. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Entry is $20 and $10 for children 10 and under, T-shirt and powder release included. To register, visit the chamber website.

After you run, or walk, take a brisk walk over to the pancake breakfast sponsored and served by the Paulding firefighters starting at 8 a.m. downtown.

One new event this year is tours of the old jail, running from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Explore the old jail for a small donation of $5. All proceeds go towards restoring the jail and maintaining its historical value.

After your tour, walk the square and do some shopping with the second run of Shop the Square. Vacant buildings around the square will be filled with local vendors selling a wide variety of products.

Other new activities on Saturday will be bingo; a scavenger hunt, sponsored by Master Gardeners; and family games, sponsored by Paulding County Park District and its Friends group.

Don’t forget the cruise-in on Saturday night from 6-8 p.m. Shine up that old car and show it off downtown in the county parking lot on the south side of the square.

Live entertainment is a must-see this year with Brother Believe Me performing on the main stage on Friday night and Liberty Rose on the main stage on Saturday night.

Now what would John Paulding Days be without the fireworks to wrap up the festival? Get yourself and the family downtown for one of the best firework shows in the area, approximately 10 p.m. on Saturday.

For details on these and other events, check out the articles and photos in our John Paulding Days preview pages on our July 11 edition.