GIBSONBURG – You can always come home to Gibsonburg.
Gibsonburg’s annual Homecoming Festival kicks off Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Williams Park, 410, E. Stone St., and runs through Saturday offering rides, games and an assortment of food options as the village celebrates.
“The festival is returning for its third consecutive year after taking 15 years off,” Gibsonburg Mayor Steve Fought said. “The community really wanted this back.”
The festival is put on by the Gibsonburg Community Corp. and the Gibsonburg Madison Township Volunteer Fire Department, said Fought.
“Both put in a lot of work each year to make this event possible,” he said. “This event is about coming together.”
The Homecoming Festival is about reminiscing about old memories for those coming back to the village for the four-day event, Fought said, and making new memories ones for those who can walk from their home.
“Growing up, some of the best summer memories were made at the homecoming festival,” Fought added. “We want to make sure that we continue to give that opportunity to the children in our community.”
The four days of festival fun kick off with a Sprint Car parade at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday through downtown Gibsonburg.
“No small town features a parade like this,” Fought said. “They will be driving from the high school to the park where the driver will stay until 8 p.m. and talk to the fans and have merchandise.”
Rides will begin at 5 p.m., with an unlimited ride wristband for $15 or individual ride tickets for $1. You can also purchase 36 tickets for $30, according to mayor Steve Fought.
Ride wristbands will be $20 for unlimited rides Saturday, because the festival opens at noon, said Fought. Individual tickets and 36 tickets for $30 prices remain the same for Saturday’s rides.
Each night, the festival will feature raffles starting at 5 p.m. and running each hour until 10 p.m. when the festival closes for the evening.
The fire Department will have a beer tent and food stand each day and will have live music Friday, featuring Electrik Circus, 8 to 11:30 p.m. and Saturday, House Band 2 to 5 p.m. and 56 Daze 7 to 11 p.m., Fought said.
Each night around 8 p.m., the festival will host a cake walk.
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