The town of Warren will be alive with excitement the week of June 29 through July 7 as it celebrates the 46th annual Salamonie Summer Festival.
Joyce Buzzard, secretary-treasurer of the festival committee, says it will be business as usual this year.
"We don't have any changes to the schedule," Buzzard notes. "We've talked about stuff possibly for next year, but this year will be the same."
To kick off the weekend, the Samuel L. Jones breakfast will be held on Friday, July 5, at the Knight-Bergman Center at 7:30 a.m.
Later that day, the annual parade will be held at 7 p.m. This year's Samuel Jones Award winner will be the grand marshal.
"The name of the grand marshal will be announced during the breakfast," Buzzard states.
In the event of rain, the parade will be held on Saturday, July 6, at 6 p.m.
Glancy H. Brown & Son Funeral Home is this year's parade sponsor.
Buzzard notes that two events that are a highlight for the festival on Saturday.
"We will be having the lawnmower races again this year," she says. "This is the second year that we doing them. Also, we're having the ‘Warren Has Talent' competition again."
The lawnmower races, sponsored by the Warren Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held at the Knight-Bergman Center grounds,at 4 p.m.
"Warren Has Talent" will be held on Stage 2, starting at 6 p.m. The competition is sponsored by the festival.
For early risers on Saturday, Hillcrest Church of the Nazarene will host a 5K run at 8 a.m.
Two headliners for Sunday's festivities are the canoe races at Salamonie River at 3 p.m. and the annual fireworks show at dusk, at Tower Park grounds. In event of bad weather, the fireworks show will be postponed until July 13.
Citizens Telephone Corporation sponsors the canoe races.
The fishing derby starts at 9 a.m. with registration at Sportsman's Club. Fishing time is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be done at Langston Estates Pond.
Throughout the weekend, the festival will offer a number of ongoing events for the entire family.
The Warren Area Antique Tractor Club will sponsor the 21st annual Antique Tractor & Engine Show, July 4-7. The event will be held at The Daugherty Companies Inc., 534 E. First St., Warren.
Highlights include a craft and collectibles tent, corn shelling, wheat threshing, tractor teeter-totter and farmer's market on Saturday morning.
The town annex will be the site for the flower and art show as well as the Country Calico Club Baby Photo Contest.
Similar to last year, Buzzard says the weekend will be jam packed with quality musical entertainment from a wide variety of bands, singing groups and performers including Aaron Tippin, Marshall Law and After 6.
Attendees will also have a chance to feel like a celebrity by participating in the second annual Karaoke Contest, at the Wagon Wheel stage.
For youth, The Amazing Magic Show will be held on Friday, July 5 on Stage 2, starting at 9 p.m.
Warren Church of Christ will host a quilt show and Pulse opera House will provide root beer floats.
"There are a lot of activities for everyone to enjoy," Buzzard notes. "And as much as we will have this year, we are open to the possibility of bringing new things next year."
Complete caption: Racers on riding mowers make a turn during the 2012 Salamonie Summer Festival in Warren. Lawnmower races will return to this year’s festival, with heats starting on Saturday, July 6, at 4 p.m. Festival dates are July 4-7, with a parade on Friday, July 5, at 7 p.m. and a fireworks display ending the celebration on Sunday, July 7, at dusk.