Hoytville to celebrate 125th birthday
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer
Friday, 13 July 2012 10:30
HOYTVILLE - A parade down Church Street, a hog roast and kids' activities will highlight the 125 birthday celebration for Hoytville in southern Wood County on Saturday.
"This is big for us. We are proud of our town, 125 years is a big deal," said Hoytville Mayor Russell Teegardin.
The festivities begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with opening ceremonies at the fire station.
The parade down Church Street begins at 10 a.m. The parade will feature floats, Boy Scouts, fire departments, and dressed-up pets.
"People who want to dress their pets up and join the parade are welcome to do that," said council member Terrie Cortez.
The Hoytville Youth and Community Outreach, also known as HYCO, will have a float in the parade made possible by donors.
Wood County Commissioner Tim Brown will serve as grand marshal for the parade and U.S. Congressman Bob Latta will also be in the parade.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown will send a proclamation honoring the village's 125th anniversary.
Several other events at North End Park will also highlight the celebration:
• 9:30 a.m. - Softball tournament begins
• 11 a.m. - Horseshoes and corn hole tournaments begin
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Fishing derby
• Noon - Hog roast sponsored by the Jackson Township Fire Department
• 2 p.m. - Bingo
• 4 p.m. - Relays and tug-of-war
• 5 p.m. - Ice cream social at the Hoytville United Methodist Church
Games for kids will also be available during the day, beginning at 11 a.m. at the park.
Raffles, contests and concessions will be available at the park. Commemorative T-shirts, designed by the HYCO program, will also be for sale.
"We are just really excited to show off our town and the improvements we have made," Teegardin said.
Improvements are especially evident at North End Park, Teegardin said. The pond has been cleaned up and a new ball diamond has been installed.
Town historians will also be on hand to commemorate Hoytville's history. There will be tables with pictures and other memorabilia setup.
"We are hoping to honor some of the people who have lived in town for a long time," Teegardin said.
People are invited to bring in their own pictures and memorabilia to add to the displays.
"Everyone is welcome. We are kind of hoping people who grew up here may want to come back here and check things out," Cortez said
Music and a closing ceremony will begin after tear down.