The annual homecoming festival will start on Independence Day this year.
By MARY SMITH
McDONALD -- The village volunteer fire department will have its 68th annual Homecoming Festival from Wednesday through Saturday on the village green, at the corner of Ohio Avenue and Fifth Street.
General chairman of the event this year is Kevin Shively and parade chairman is Bob Zajack Jr.
The event begins with the traditional parade starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the corner of Marshall Road and Ohio Avenue, heading north down Ohio Avenue past the grandstand, which will be set up in front of the municipal building at Ohio and Fifth.
The festival grounds will be open daily from 6 to 11 p.m. except on Saturday, when morning events start at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and culminate at 11:30 p.m. with a fireworks display.
Rides will be by Brown Amusements, and food and other concessions will be featured. Bingo will take place each evening at 7 in the Ramsay Pavilion.
Family Night, or wrist-band night, will start at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Advance ride tickets for the festival are available at $5 for a strip of five tickets through the following locations: municipal building, BP station at Ohio Avenue and West Marshall; Ianazone's Pizza, East Marshall; and the McDonald Credit Union, Ohio Avenue.
Tickets will also be sold at the festival.
Special events: A performance by the band The First Degree will be held Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. in front of the fire station bay, next to the municipal building entrance.
Events Saturday will start with an annual pancake breakfast served by the volunteer firefighters for free to village residents.
Top three winners of the annual John Pete Checker Tournament will be presented savings bonds from relatives of the late McDonald resident. They will travel from Cleveland and Florida to present the awards. Pete started the tournament and the tradition of presenting bonds some 20 years ago.