Perrysburg prepares for Harrison Rally Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:16
File photo. Crowds gather in downtown Perrysburg during Harrison Rally Day. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - The city's main drag on Louisiana Avenue will be blocked off Saturday as thousands swamp the downtown area for the annual Harrison Rally Day.
Slated from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the festival will offer a bevy of market vendors, artist booths and eateries, along with children's activities and live music throughout the day.
Interest in the event has come to a peak. There was a waiting list of about 30 hopefuls each for the parade and the marketplace this year, according to Sandy Latchem, executive director of Perrysburg Area Chamber of Commerce, which is organizing the event.
"We get thousands of people from all over the area," she said. "It's a feel good day for our community."
Things step off with a parade at 10 a.m. near the Commodore Building. Afterward, guests are encouraged to visit 95 artist displays, businesses and community organizations.
A juried art show of 29 "distinguished artists" will award $500 for first place, $300 for second and $200 for third. Judges are Emanuel Enriquez, a sculptor and painter, and Craig Fisher, a printmaker and commercial graphic artist.
Latchem said the chamber "shot some more life" into the children's activity area this year, dubbed the "Creation Station."
Youth will be able to complete art projects that represent items of regional Native American culture. Martin Nagy, an arts educator, will portray "Lightfoot," a member of the Ottawa Tribe, and weave storytelling with Native American history.
The Creation Station will also contain inflatable toys that require tickets.
Live music begins at 11 a.m. with The House Band. Arctic Clam, three groups of singers from Perrysburg High School, and Athens Wheeler will also perform throughout the day.
People come from all over to participate in Harrison Rally Day, a festival that offers a little something for everyone, Latchem said.
"It's an eclectic event," she said. "People just love it."

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