Updated Wed, Aug 13, 2014 12:19 pm
The 65th Parade of the Hills festival kicks off Wednesday on the Nelsonville Public Square with plenty of entertainment, festivities, pageants and, of course, parades.
The annual event will run through Saturday.
The first parade of the festival is the Welcome Home Parade, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The 2014 Little Miss Parade of the Hills will be crowned on the main stage following the parade.
The children’s bike parade will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday and the Grande Parade will start at Harper and Poplar Streets at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Crowning of the 2014 Miss Parade of the Hills and the presentation of the annual Roland Pierce Citizenship Award will occur following the Grande Parade on the main stage Saturday.
Carnival rides will be provided by Triple Treat Ride Co. again this year. The rides will open at 3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Festival chairman John Perry said the company prides itself on the cleanliness of its rides.
Entertainment will be provided by Bee Gees tribute band Stayin’ Alive on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., McGuffey Lane at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Mr. Speed (KISS tribute band) at 9 p.m. on Friday and The Hitch Hikers at 9 p.m. on Saturday. There will also be four performances by the Rockin’ Robots in the First National Family Fun Park this year, happening at 8 p.m. daily. Perry said the robots were popular among children last year.
The festival also features athletic activities on Wednesday morning, senior citizen activities on Thursday, and the Ohio State Fiddling Contest at Stuart’s Opera House (on the Nelsonville Public Square) on Friday beginning at 6 p.m. General admission is $8 for the fiddling contest. Admission to the Parade of the Hills, including the family fun park, is free.
For a full schedule and to register for athletic games, visit www.paradeofthehills.org.