By MELINDA KRICK

Progress Editor

 OAKWOOD – The community of Oakwood will celebrate a very special Oakwood Homecoming this weekend, Saturday through Monday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

 “Celebrating 100 Years of the Oakwood Homecoming: Thanks For the Memories: is this year’s theme. Making the occasion especially memorable will be a fireworks display and other events Sunday evening.

 Although the community has seen changes and the Homecoming has evolved over the years, both are still going strong. The Homecoming committee acknowledge the many volunteers who make the three-day festival possible year after year.

 The committee urges everyone to “bring the family and lawn chairs and make some new memories” this weekend.

 The weekend will see the return of many popular events plus some new attractions, activities and contests.

Before the Homecoming

 Some events and registrations are starting before the actual Homecoming celebration.

 Don’t forget to register for Monday’s parade. Visit http://tiny.cc/627o9y.

 As part of the Homecoming’s 100th anniversary, a time capsule will be buried in front of the town hall to open at the 2044 Homecoming. To add a personal message or something residents will find interesting 25 years from now, drop off items at the Oakleaf restaurant.

 Register for Saturday’s pie eating contest by Aug. 29 at the Oakleaf or call 419-576-6701.

 A fruit pie baking contest has a Friday deadline. Applications can be picked up at the Oakleaf.

 Framed 8x10 entries for the annual photo contest can be dropped off to the library now through Friday. The theme is unusual, unique, funny or cute family photos.

 The popular Landmark Search pictures can be picked up this week at the library. Entries must be turned in by 4 p.m. Monday to be eligible for the prize.

 Register for Saturday’s mud volleyball by Aug. 29 be calling 419-576-6701.

 Enter the river poker run before Aug. 31 and receive a free ticket for the Labor Day Duck Race; contact Lisa at the sand bar or call 419-594-2615.

Food-Food-Food!

 What’s a community celebration without plenty of great food? The Homecoming food stand will be open throughout the weekend. Hours are 5-9:30 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday and 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday. The menu includes cheeseburgers, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, chili, nachos, chips and pickles.

 Other food options include breakfast at the fire station Saturday morning and at the Legion hall Sunday morning; FFA food at Sunday’s tractor pull; a lunch buffet in the Twin Oaks Fellowship Hall on Monday; plus lemon shake ups and french fries on the street.

 The library community room will be serving ice cream 5-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday. They also will be serving loaded baked potatoes and turkey sandwiches Sunday afternoon and evening and Monday afternoon.

Throughout the Weekend

 Artwork from Oakwood area results will be on display at the library during the weekend, including pottery by Clyde Burt and Johnny Leatherman and works by Verda Leatherman.

 The library will host a used book sale all weekend.

 The firefighters have rented a dunk tank, so watch for who might be sitting in the hot seat.

Saturday events

 The festival opens with breakfast at the fire station. The golf scramble tees off in the morning at Auglaize Golf Course; registration closed Aug. 26.

 A cemetery walk starting at Prairie Chapel Cemetery, softball tournament (brain cancer memorial games), mud volleyball at the ballpark and river poker run also are scheduled for Saturday.

 The cemetery walk will be at Prairie Chapel Cemetery. Those citizens from the past who will be talked about during the walk include Dan Giltz presented by Jeanne Calvert; Walter and Marion Brown and Samuel Brown, presented by Deedi Miller; Scott and Hazel Badman, presented by Janice Lentz; Bob and Essie Christy, presented by Stan Harmon; Al and Doris Maddock, presented by Mike McCullough.

 The poker run starts at the dock in Oakwood and ends at the Sand Bar.

 Bingo will be at 5 p.m. followed by the annual pageants – Little Miss Oakwood, Miss Oakwood and Little King & Queen.

 Capping the evening are a pie eating contest, Ms. Oakwood contest and adult scavenger hunt.

Sunday events

 Start the day with breakfast at the American Legion, to be followed by other morning activities including the health walk, the tractor pull (sponsored by Black Swamp Tractor Club) and community church service.

 A new event, Tug-A-Truck, is the morning’s final activity. It will be held on the east side of town between the fire station and railroad.

 The Oakwood Arbor 759 Gleaners will dedicate a flag pole and flag at Fort Brown in honor of the late Helen Maddock at 1 p.m. Organizers suggest attendees bring lawn chairs.

 Sunday afternoon will bring a pedal pull and bingo.

 At 2 p.m., a community recognition program will be held.

 From 2-6 p.m. Sunday, check out the vendors offering their wares in the Legion hall, including 31, Lula Roe, Pink Zebra, Paparazzi, Elite Embroidery and The Award Shop.

 The Kids’ Zone also will be open from 2-6 p.m. featuring free, fun activities such as jumbo checkers, a 16-foot water slide and a money scramble.

 Games and fun will fill the afternoon with the Amazing Race, corn hole, Minute to Win It and Jackpot Bingo.

 The annual alumni banquet is at 5 p.m. at the elementary school.

 Sunday’s events all lead up to the big centennial celebration at the Oakwood ballpark. Starting at 7:30 p.m., join in for music, food, fun, fellowship – and fireworks – to mark the Homecoming’s 100th anniversary. Bring lawn chairs and listen to the Oakwood Community Band while enjoying food from the ballpark concession stand.

 Also planned are a Hot Wing Eating Contest sponsored by the Oakleaf, free cake and free glowsticks, and maybe some surprises.

 The highlight will be a fireworks display at dusk. The best viewing area will be the ballpark. The fireworks are made possible by many generous donations to the Oakwood Homecoming Committee Fund.

Monday events

 The traditional Labor Day Parade will step off at 11 a.m., with parade line-up starting at 9 a.m.

 This year’s grand marshals will be Harold and Ruth Williams.

 The vendors will return to the Legion hall from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

 Following the parade will be waterball on Main Street, inflatables, bingo and a big wheel race for kids. Later in the afternoon are The Price Is Right and Jackpot Bingo. The final activity will be the duck race.

 Help to clean up and tear down the event is always appreciated.

 For more information, go to oakwoodhomecoming.weebly.com or Oakwood Homecoming on Facebook.

 In this week’s Progress, a full schedule of events will be published along with other related information.