Harlem Township Days open on Saturday
The opening parade of Harlem Township Days 2012 will honor long-time (50 years or more) senior citizens of the community. Our over age 90 seniors will ride in convertibles and lead the parade. New this year will be a horse drawn wagon and a tractor drawn shuttle so those between 80 and 90 years of age can be honored as well. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 18. Anyone interested is invited to join in this community parade. Staging and line up will be on the northeast side of the Community Park by Ohio 605.
At noon on Saturday there will be a Meet the Author event in the Maintenance Building at the north edge of the park. Harlem Township authors, Courtney Rene, author of young adult, paranormal fiction (Shadow Dancer, Shadow Warrior and A Howl in the Night) and Tom Nelson, author of historical fantasy (The Paladin of Calendro, The Winds of Wharhalen and Warrior of the Dusk) will have books for sale and be available to talk to fans and sign books.
A special feature this year in the Maintenance Building is an offering of two books of short, fantasy stories written by Canadian school children between the ages of 10 and 16. Copies of the books are $3 each and all money will be used for the Harlem Township Little Library project. The new Little Library should be in place across from the recycling area so be sure to look for it.
Have you ever wondered just how big the tractors are you see out in the field? A four-wheel drive, articulated tractor owned by Jackson Farms will be on display in front of the Maintenance Building. Perry, an employee of Jackson Farms, will be on hand to answer your questions about it.
Several Big Walnut High School students are being featured at Harlem Township Days this year. Kyle Davis will have a display of his award winning science projects about sparrows set up in the Maintenance Building. Allison Dawson, Olivia Evans and Spencer Mohney will perform in the Main Tent during Saturday afternoon. And Forge Garrabrant will have an area set up near the Fire Department for his Eagle Scout project to raise money ($1,500 to $2,000) to buy a defibrillator for the township.
For those interested in antiquities and Native Americans, Greg Peyton, flint-knapper, and Ralph Arms, Lenape story-teller, will be at Harlem Township Days both Saturday and Sunday. They will be joined on Sunday by Thomas Grooms, a prehistoric pottery specialist.
On Sunday, Nationwide Insurance is sponsoring a Car Show which will include classic cars, trucks and street rods. Registration for this event is from 9 a.m. to 12 noon with the winners of the awards including Best of Show car, truck and street rod announced in the Main Tent at 3 p.m.
Can you imagine catching a baseball without a glove to protect your hand? Plan to come to the noon game on Sunday between the Ohio Village Muffins and Harlem Township’s home team to see baseball played 1860’s style – no gloves, no cleats, no cussing and a few quirky rules (no sliding). It will be a gentleman’s game complete with tie-wearing players.
Sometime during the mid-afternoon on Sunday, a medical helicopter is scheduled to land in the parking area south of the firehouse on the east side of Ohio 605.
In addition to these new events at Harlem Township Days, on Saturday this year there will be a tractor pull; a cake walk and pedal pull for children (plus other activities); entertainment by juggler Matt Jergens, guitarist Steve Ball, Pete Conrad of the Traveling Beatleburys; educational presentations on the Civil War by the Rosecrans Unit; and dancing with John Wargowsky. On Sunday there will be a pancake breakfast followed by a non-denominational church service presented by Pastor Bud; a tractor slow race and quick start contest; and entertainment by Sean Erickson, singer and songwriter. We will also have food vendors and craft vendors joining us for the weekend. Hope you will join us, too.
Harlem Township Days: Saturday, August 18 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday, August 19 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Community Park, Center Village (5 miles north of New Albany on Ohio 605). Visit the township website, < www.harlemtwp.com >, for schedule and details.