There have been some changes made for the 81st edition of the Wauseon Homecoming, which kicks off Thursday. There will be an opening ceremony held near the Wauseon Chamber of Commerce, before the Kids’ Parade. After a playing of The Star-Spangled Banner, DJ Nune will bring out his musical tribute which covers all the decades that the homecoming has spanned.
Another change has been made to the Kids’ Parade. Sign in will start at 5:15 p.m. and the parade will start at 6 p.m. in front of the Main Stage, which is between the courthouse and First Federal. The parade will go north over the railroad tracks until it reaches the Kids’ Zone which is situated between Elm and Oak streets. The Super Heroes in the parade will be available for “selfies” and other photo opportunities. “Have your cameras ready to snap some great photos,” said third year committee member, Molly Pfund.
“The Kids’ Zone is open all three days of Homecoming, Thursday and Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m.,” added Pfund. “All during the Kids’ Zone operation, there will be sand art, inflatables from Party Expressions of Archbold and other games and prizes and more.”
Also, Nature Fresh is bringing their “Show and Tell” trailer, which features their products.
Saturday, there will be a car show set up at the Fulton County Administration Building parking lot at the corner of S. Fulton and W. Chestnut streets. It is co-sponsored by Wauseon Cruise Night.
“Registration starts at 11 a.m. with the show being open from 1 to 5 p.m.,” said Craig Grisier. “The big prize will be a pressure washer for the exhibitor. Also there will be food certificates from places like Dairy Queen and Los Mariachis and more.”
There will also be a Cornhole tournament Saturday.
“Matt Kryder will supply the Cornhole equipment and coordinate registration, which starts at noon at Sullivans Restaurant’s side lot,” said Jim Dominique, committee member. “The first bag of corn is pitched at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $30 per team and the champions receive 70 percent of the payout.”
Also at the south end Saturday is the Homecoming Junior Miss Pageant, which starts at 2 p.m. “We have around six junior misses and six teenagers ready to put on a show,” said Jayme Hahn. “Come on down to the Main Stage and enjoy the show.”
Rather than do the in town fireworks from past homecoming Saturday nights, the committee decided to take the money normally budgeted for the Saturday night show and donated it to the WFD for the City of Wauseon fireworks show, which was held Friday, July 3.
Lastly, after Wally and the Beavs wrap up their show on the Main Stage at 11 p.m., everyone will gather at the northern section of the midway, where last minute ticket sales, the raffle of Ticket Number One and the grand drawing for the prizes sponsored by the local merchants and businesses.
- Sixth prize is a Fulton County Fair package, sponsored by First Federal Bank;
- Fifth prize is a 15.6 inch laptop computer sponsored by Gig Above Computers;
- Fourth prize is a Weber Gas Grill, sponsored by Ace Hardware;
- Third prize is a 50-inch flat screen TV sponsored by the Farmers & Merchants State Bank;
- Second prize is a custom golf cart sponsored by Richard’s repair and;
- The grand prize is $10,000.
Tickets for the raffle will be on sale through out the 81st Wauseon Homecoming. All profits from the Homecoming are going to be donated to the City of Wauseon parks and Recreation Department and the New Pool 4 Wauseon.
The committee chaired by Tim Robinson has worked hard for a year for this celebration of Wauseon.
Norris Ledyard can be reached at 419-335-2010