FPS staff report
August 6, 2012
The 79th annual Scio Fall Festival will be held Aug. 15-18 with Scio’s Main St., a sea of purple and gold as the town salutes the Jewett-Scio Alumni Band, two former coaches, and a former band director.
The late Paul Gibson began the track and cross country program at the school; Ed Maykowski was a coach and athletic director and has been the starter for Scio’s 5K race for 28 years; and Denny Kavorik had been the school’s band director for many years. Mr. Kavorik will be this year’s grand marshall for the parade.
“The Pride of Jewett & Scio: Jewett-Scio Alumni Band” is this year’s event theme. Window displays, parade floats, and this year’s commemorative cup will reflect the theme. Big “O” Amusements will provide rides and games and 15 local non-profit organizations, churches, and school booster clubs will have food stands.
The fair kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 15 with the 28th Annual Scio Scramble 5K Run and Kids’ 1 mile Fun Run. The Kids’ Run begins at 6:15 p.m. followed by the 5K Run at 7 p.m. Both start at the Scio Firehouse, 318 W. Main St., and are part of the Tuscarawas Valley Challenge. This year’s races are held in memory of Gibson and are being dedicated to Maykowski.
Stage entertainment includes: Wednesday, Shay Bonnell, a local singer, beginning at 5 p.m. and the Annual Karaoke Contest with Top Notch Entertainment at 8 p.m.; Thursday, Cheerleading Exhibition at 6 p.m. and The Cub Mobile Derby at Eastport St. at 6:30 p.m.
The 8-Track Band and Memories of Elvis Show will perform on the 35th anniversary of his passing at 7:30 p.m. with Elvis scheduled to arrive in Scio at 8:30 p.m.
A teen dance will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the former Friendly Dollar Parking lot with music being provided by Dynamic Sound DJ Service. There will be a dance contest with cash prizes at this event.
The Festival Parade, one of the largest in East Central Ohio, begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Scio Pottery parking lot. Fire Equipment from three states, floats, tractors, antique cars, neighborhood and business and organizational floats, political candidates, and equestrian units will participate.
The festival committee is proud to have marching bands leading and playing in the parade. Featured will be the 100 member Jewett-Scio Alumni Marching Band, The Harrison Central Husky Marching Band, and returning, The Canton South Wildcat Marching Band, which is directed by Beth Rivers, a former Jewett-Scio Alumni.
Before the parade, the Scio American Legion Post # 482 and the Jewett-Scio Alumni Band will conduct the opening program at 6 p.m. After the parade, Redneck Incorporated will perform classic and rockin’ country music. At 10 p.m., the Commemorative Mug Auction, featuring the alumni band, will be auctioned by Bill Host.
The 27th annual Scio Show and Shine Car Show will be held in the field that parallels Eastport St.; the Conotton Creek Bike Show will be staged at the Veterans’ Covered Bridge area beside the car show field and a Corn Hole Tournament will be held on Eastport St. All three events begin Saturday at noon. On Main Street at 12:30 p.m., the 17th annual Arm Wrestling Tournament will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the stage area and the kiddy ride matinee is open from 1-5 p.m. The Scio Ruritans’ Great Conotton Creek Duck Race will be held at Eastport St. bridge at 2 p.m.
Saturday stage entertainment includes: Cindy Francis, 4 p.m.; New Towne Cloggers, 5 p.m. and 7+7 Band playing rock and dance music at 8 p.m. The 25th annual Kids Parade starts at 6 p.m. at JC Laundry parking area on Main St. Festivities conclude with the Scio Fall Festival Royalty contests at 9 p.m. and Merchants’ Drawing at 10 p.m.
The Purviance Exhibition Hall will be open daily for the flower and garden show displays, as will the Scio Firehouse with a daily bazaar and vendors bargain sales.
The Scio Historical Museum will be open all days from 5 p.m. except Friday, when it will open after the parade. A rare set of recently acquired Scio Pottery dishes will be displayed at the Museum during the fall festival.
The set of Meadow Blue is displayed in the museum’s dish room. The set of dishes was produced in a limited quantity and are scarce even though they were produced in the latter years of pottery production.
Fall festival schedules are available at the Post Office, the library and on Main St. business windows. For additional information, contact chairman, J.T.Thompson at 740-945-0206 or email: email@example.com