Annual Scio Fall Festival set to begin Wednesday

SCIO – The 80th-annual Scio Fall Festival will run from Wednesday through Aug. 16 in downtown Scio. It is sponsored by the Scio Volunteer Fire Department and Scio American Legion Post 482.

The festival starts Wednesday, with the midway opening at 5 p.m. and featuring one price rides. Flower and garden show registration will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Purviance Exhibition Hall.

Opening ceremonies will begin at the main stage at 6 p.m. The annual Scio Fall Festival One-Mile Run will be at 6:15 p.m. and the 28th-annual Scio Fall Festival 5K Run will be at 7 p.m. Both races start at the R.J. Spiker Fire Hall. The karaoke contest, provided by Top Notch Entertainment, will start at the main stage at 7 p.m.

Thursday activities start with the flower exhibition and business window judging at 10 a.m. The PNC Grow Up Great Mobile Learning Adventure will be located in front of the bank from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with activities for the children.

The midway will open at 5 p.m. and the cheerleading exhibition, featuring the Jewett-Scio, Cadiz Biddy, Young Buckeyes and Harrison Central junior and senior high school squads, starts at 6 p.m. at the main stage. Also at 6 p.m., the Hugo Jam Session with K.W. Sound Productions will take place on the east end stage. Wrapping up the evening will be Hoard and Jones Band, a mix of country, classic, rock and blues at 7:30 p.m.

Friday’s grand parade will start at 6:30 p.m. and include fire equipment, floats, tractors, horses and a wide variety of entries. Marching bands will include Harrison Central High School, Canton South High School and the Jewett-Scio Marching Viking Alumni Band. Eight Track, a classic rock and oldies band, will take the main stage at 8 p.m. and the Awesome Possum bluegrass band will be at the east end stage at 8 p.m. The commemorative mug auction will be held at the mainstage at 10 p.m., with Bill Host serving as auctioneer.

The 29th-annual Scio Show and Shine Car Show will be in the Eastport Field across from Baker’s IGA on Aug. 16. The Harrison County Conotton Creek Bike Show will be held at the Veterans Covered Bridge. The 19th-annual arm wrestling tournament will start at 12:30 p.m. across from the Circle K.

The ride matinee will start with one price rides from 1 to 5 p.m. The Great Conotton Creek duck race , sponsored by the Scio Dining Fork Ruritans, will begin at 2 p.m. on Eastport Street. The main stage entertainment starts at 2 p.m. with Tom Voltz and Cindy Francis. The New Town Cloggers will peform at 4 p.m. for their first appearance at the festival. The Carrollton Show Stoppers, a singing and dance troupe, will perform at 5 p.m.

The 27th-annual Scio Fall festival Kid’s Parade will begin at 6 p.m. with the lineup at the J.C. Laundry lot.

Evening entertainment includes a teen dance and dance contest with Scotty B. at the east end stage at 7:30 p.m. The festival’s junior prince, princess and queen crowning will be at the main stage at 8:30 p.m. The festival will end with fireworks at 10:30 p.m.

There will be bingo each night at 7 p.m. Conotton Creek Woodworks carver Dan Kidd will be present Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. in front of the Purviance Exhibition Hall.

The Purviance hall will be the site of the Scio Garden Club Flower and Garden show and display of pictures of Scio past and present. The exhibition hall will be open Wednesday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Aug. 16 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The history of the village will be on display Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Scio Museum and Historical Center. A bazaar and vendor show will be held at the fire house Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Aug. 16 from noon to 9 p.m.