Updated Fri, Aug 9, 2013 3:01 pm
The 64th annual Parade of the Hills kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 14 in Nelsonville and will be packed with entertainment, parades, children’s activities, amusement rides and more.
The festival will run Wednesday through Saturday on the Nelsonville Public Square and surrounding area.
Wednesday’s activities include the Little Miss Parade of the Hills pageant, Rockin’ Robots in the First National Family Fun Park, a car show, the Welcome Home Parade and performances by Remember Then, Holy Spicoli and Mr. Speed (KISS tribute band).
Thursday at Parade of the Hills is Senior Day. The day will include a pie baking contest, the Bicycle Parade, and entertainment by Rock Brothers, Buford Bear Show (circus-like performance for children) and Mike Albert the Elvis impersonator. Local church choirs will perform on the Library Junction Stage at 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, there will be a Nelsonville Talent Show at 5:30 p.m., a kiddie tractor pull, judging for the Miss Parade of the Hills contest, and performances by Bee Gees cover band Stayin’ Alive, Gibson Band and Blues Cowboys.
Friday also marks the annual Ohio State Fiddling Contest at Stuart’s Opera House beginning at 6 p.m. The contest features fiddlers in all age groups. The grand champion of the contest will be nationally certified to compete in the National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest held in Weiser, Idaho. Tickets for the fiddling contest are $8 and are available by visiting www.stuartsoperahouse.org, calling 753-1924 or at the door beginning at 5 p.m.
Saturday’s festivities begin with a Run for the Hills/Race for Life 5K run and walk and a kids mini run. The Grande Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Following the parade will be the coronation of Miss Parade of the Hills. Musical entertainment will include DeRailed, Butch Wax & The Cadillacs, and local classic rock band Time Machine.
Amusement rides begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
According to Parade of the Hills Chairman John Perry, children’s games will be conducted Wednesday-Friday. He said these activities were only held one day in previous years. There will be a children’s area in the First National Bank parking lot.
“There will be plenty of vendors and some of the cleanest amusement rides you can find,” Perry said.
To see the entire Parade of the Hills schedule of events, visit www.paradeofthehills.org.