The 38th annual Cold Creek Celebration will take place on Friday through Sunday in historic downtown Castalia.
“This celebration started in 1976 and has been taking place on and off since then,” said Paul Schoenegge, executive coordinator of the celebration. “We celebrate our small community, and remind people what small town living is like.”
The festivities kick off Friday evening at 5 p.m., followed by the Ohio Flags of Honor Ceremony at 6 p.m. A dedication ceremony of the Sfc. Charles L. Adkins Memorial Highway, in remembrance of the 1993 Margaretta High School graduate who lost his life in Afghanistan, will occur immediately thereafter.
At 6:30 p.m., the annual queen contest will be held. This year's finalist include Haley Keegan, Kelsey Faulkaer and Taylor Stockmaster.
The celebration also boasts a variety of different food vendors. Some of the mouthwatering dishes include fresh fried fish, elephant ears, pulled pork sandwiches and french fries.
The annual 5K run will kick off bright and early Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. The run has been referred to as the bread and butter of the entire organization, with all proceeds going towards funds for the following year's festivities.
Along with the race, raffle tickets sold throughout the weekend help provide revenue geared towards keeping the celebration alive year after year.
Throughout Saturday, a plethora of family friendly events and entertainment will take place, including the pet parade at 9 a.m., the cupcake war contest at 11 a.m. and the bed race at 5:30 p.m., are must-see events.
As the Cold Creek Celebration comes to a close on Sunday, the highlight of the day will be the grand parade, at 2 p.m.
“The parade is always a big hit,” Schoenegge said. “We have over 200 entries each year, and usually about 2,000 people come out just to watch it.”
The Cold Creek Celebration serves as a staple of the community of Castalia. Each year it grows, and attracts more people, from all walks of life.
“Come to our celebration, see what small town life is like,” Schoenegge said with excitement. “Enjoy some live entertainment, good food and catch up with old friends.”
LIST OF EVENTS:
FRIDAY JULY 18TH
5 p.m. Concessions open
5 - 8 p.m. Kids inflatables (by car wash)
6 p.m. Ohio Flags of Honor Ceremony
6 p.m. Cold Creek Classic softball tournament
6:30 p.m. Queens contest
7 p.m. Little Miss & Master contest
7:30 p.m. Pizza eating contest
8 - 11 p.m. Live music — SandTown
SATURDAY JULY 20TH
8:30 a.m 5-K run
9 a.m. Concessions open
9 a.m. Cold Creek Classic softball tournament
9 a.m. Pet parade
10 a.m. Kids bike parade
10 a.m Race awards
10 a.m. — 6 p.m. Kids inflatables
11 a.m. Kids bingo (Township Hall)
11 a.m. Baking contest
11 a.m. Beautiful Baby contest results
Noon Kids pedal pull
12:30 p.m. Coloring contest finalists
1 p.m. Kids games
2 — 4 p.m. Back to the Wild presentation
5 p.m. Auction of baking contest entries
5:30 p.m. bed race
8:30 - 11:30 p.m. Live music— RMS Band
SUNDAY JULY 21ST
9 a.m. Community church service at Congregational U.C.C.
9 a.m. Concessions open
10 a.m. Antique car show
10:30 Queen's luncheon
12:30 p.m. Horn's martial arts demonstration
1:45 p.m. Antique car parade
2 p.m. Grand parade
4 p.m. Presentation of area queens
4:15 p.m. Parade awards
4:30 p.m. Duck Drop bingo
5 p.m. Celebration raffle winners