SCIO – The 77th annual Scio Fall Festival, sponsored by the Scio Volunteer Fire Department and the Scio American Legion Post #482, is going on now through Saturday, August 21 on Main Street in Scio. Rides, games, live entertainment and many special events are scheduled. Fifteen local, non-profit organizations will have a variety of food stands set up in the midway.
This year’s festival theme is: “25 Years and Still Shining”, honoring the Silver Anniversary of the Scio Show and Shine Car Show, held in the grassy field off Eastport Street on Saturday, August 21 at 12 noon. At the same time, the Conotton Creek Bike Trail Committee will hold a bicycle show at the covered bridge adjacent to the car show area. Individuals are welcome to display unusual and sporty bikes during this time.
Wednesday started the event with many attending, enjoying the activities, good food, rides and entertainment. One of the event featured was the 5K run pictured above.
Thursday’s events began at 5 p.m. with a demonstration by Miller’s Martial Arts. At 3:45 today the brother of Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, Roger Strickland, with the Sportsmen for Strickland RV will be at the Scio Fall Festival on Main Street to deliver yard signs and meet with supporters to discuss Ted’s record of fighting for Ohio families and jobs, and his support for sportsmen across Ohio. The Harrison County Cheerleading Squads will perform in front of the grandstand at 6 p.m. and the Cub Mobile Derby begins at 6:30 p.m. “The Streamline Band” will provide country and Oldie’s Music on the main stage at 8 p.m., while at the same time, a Teen Dance and dance contest, with music by N & B Entertainment will be held at the former Dollar Store Parking Lot. Cash prizes will be awarded in the dance contest.
Friday’s events start with “Zumba with Dayna” at 5 p.m., and at 6 p.m. the Opening Program will begin with the Presentation of the Colors by the Scio American Legion and the National Anthem sung by Roger Logstan. The largest parade in Harrison County begins at 6:30 p.m. with Robert (Duck) Zantene serving as the Grand Marshal. Over 150 units are expected to participate in the parade, which lines up at the Scio Pottery parking lot. The Harrison Central and Conotton Valley High School Bands will perform along with the famous, 150 member, Jewett-Scio Alumni Band. After the parade, the evening concludes with music from the variety dance band, “Hot Pursuit” and the Commemorative Cup Auction at 10 p.m.
Saturday, August 21, begins with the 12-noon “Show and Shine Car Show, featuring “The Spikeman” playing tunes. At 12:30 the 15th annual Arm Wrestling Tournament begins, and at 1 p.m. the Guitar Hero contest will be held at the stage area. At 2 p.m. the Great Conotton Creek Duck Race will be held on the Conotton Creek. At 4 p.m. local artist, Jim Yoss will perform Acoustic Music, and at 4:30 p.m. vocalist, Cindy Francis, will entertain the audience. The Kid’s Parade steps off at 6 p.m., and Classic Rock and County Band, “Blind Date” will perform at 8 p.m. Culminating the festival’s activities will be the Queen’s Contest at 9 p.m., and the Merchant’s Prize drawing at 10 p.m.
Albanese Amusements are providing Midway rides and concessions. One-price wristbands are available nightly for all rides. During the festival, everyone is encouraged to visit the Purviance Exhibition Hall, the Scio Historical Museum and the RJ Spiker Fire hall picture display provided by Mr. E.D. Shumaker. The Harrison News Herald will have free pictures available that they have accumulated over the years. The Purviance Exhibition Hall will feature the Scio Garden Club Flower and Garden show in addition to exhibits from Harrison County Democrats and Republican, Carroll-Columbiana Harrison Solid Waste District, Harrison County Soil and Water Conservation District, Harrison Hills City School District, and the Harrison County Strategic Planning Committee.
Pictured right, Kyzer Maynard, 2, of New Philadelphia, enjoys the ride at the Scio Fall Festival, which he attended Wednesday with his mother, Ashley Franze. NH Photo/AMY GAREIS