WHAT: Oakwood Homecoming
WHEN: Labor Day weekend Friday through Monday, Aug. 30-Sept. 2
WHERE: Oakwood, Ohio
WHO: Organized by the Homecoming Committee
By BILL SHERRY • Correspondent
OAKWOOD – Oakwood Labor Day Homecoming weekend will be a trip back in time – “Medieval Times on the Auglaize.”
Oakwood Community Park will have the feel of a time long past as Oakwood celebrates Homecoming 2013 with a flavor of medieval times of long ago.
The Oakwood Homecoming festivities begin with the kick-off for the weekend which is dinner and entertainment Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Big Tent.
“We bid you to join us at the dinner show in the Big Tent on Friday where you will be wowed by the atmosphere, food and entertainment. You might even be crowned the royal one at your table of eight,” say event organizers.
Dinner will be followed by the skit with the local talent performing “A Knight to Remember.” Tables are selling fast, so call the library today at 419-594-3337 to reserve a seat. First callers get the best tables. All proceeds from the dinner theater will go to Oakwood Cooper Community Library.
There is a long list of old and new activities that will be happening in Oakwood this Labor Day weekend. Take a gander at a couple of these activities and then the whole list.
Come one, come all to the Oakwood Labor Day festivities on Sunday from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at the Oakwood Park featuring members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA Inc.). See real-life medieval fighting with swords and shields, see rapier duels with live-steel, play real medieval games, and look at arts and crafts from days long gone.
Lots of Pageants
Little King & Queen for ages 5 through second grade; Little Miss Oakwood, grades 3-5; Junior Miss Oakwood, grades 6-8; and Miss Oakwood, high school.
Registration and payments on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at practice. A minimum of five participants for each division is required.
The Big Parade
Monday at 11 a.m. the big parade gets under way. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. Participants are to report to check-in at 9 a.m. at Harmon and Second streets. To pre-register, email or call Beth at 399-9011 or email@example.com.
Meet at Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Sunday evening at 7 p.m., where four grave sites will be visited and stories of former residents will be heard.
Find the landmark. Pictures of sites in Oakwood will be available at the library by Aug. 24. Have fun searching and turn in your answers at the library by 4 p.m. on Monday for a chance to win.
What Can You Build?
Locals are encouraged to put their skills to the test by turning a wooden pallet into something. Entries should be brought to the Legion Hall on Monday morning. The People’s Choice winner will receive a trophy and bragging rights. Pallets are available now in the parking lot of the old fire station. Get creative.
Ages 12 and up are invited to go on a treasure hunt following “Minute to Win It” on Saturday. Meet in the gazebo for all the rules and details and then set out to find the treasure. Participants might want to bring a flashlight.
The weekend’s slate of events will provide fun for all. For a complete list of dates and times, check the schedule of events in the Aug. 28 Paulding County Progress.
SATURDAY, AUG. 30
Events of the day include a fire department breakfast, softball tournament, tractor games at tractor pull field, poker run on the river, Little Miss Oakwood, bingo, Junior Miss Oakwood, Little King and Queen, community recognition (Mr. & Mrs. Oakwood, grand marshal and the Taylor Award), Miss Oakwood, “Minute to Win It,” a scavenger hunt and family movie at the library. Judging will be held for this year’s photo contest, “Joust Another Day ____” (fill in the blank). Cash prizes will be awarded.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 1
The day’s activities will include a health walk, community church service, tractor pull, pedal pull, Medieval Acts live entertainment, kids activities, bingo, “Amazing Race,” alumni banquet, Jackpot Bingo and “Puttin’ On the Hits” (contestants must have their music on CD). The day closes with a paper lantern launch at dark.
MONDAY, SEPT. 2
On the final day of Oakwood Homecoming, the lineup for the big parade begins at 9 a.m. with the parade beginning at 11 a.m. Immediately afterward, Inflatables and Rides open, along with bingo and Big Wheel races. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy “Price Is Right,” Jackpot Bingo, the Cardboard Boat Race and the Duck Race.
Schedules, registration forms and other information can be found at Oakwoodhomecoming.weebly.com.
The events for the weekend involve many volunteers and are a combined effort of the entire community. New help and suggestions are always welcome and appreciated. If anyone has not been asked to give time or talent, there will be many opportunities for volunteering. Please take time to lend a hand or offer your help. Get involved, support your community and plan to have a great time at the 2013 Oakwood Homecoming.