Festival season moves on to Homespun Day

Sentimental Journey takes passengers on a tour of Zanesville during the 2012 Homespun Day celebration. The wagon rides will return for this year’s festival, set for this Saturday, Aug. 31. TAB file photo.

The area's festival season continues with the 2013 incarnation of Homespun Day in Zanesville on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Highlights of the one-day celebration include a car show, baseball and football games, a bike rodeo, food and, of course, a parade.

This year's parade theme is "Show Your School Spirit," with the parade entries celebrating high schools and colleges. The best parade entries will win cash prizes.

The parade, sponsored by County Line Pizza in Zanesville, steps off at 10 a.m. with members of Norwell High School's 2013 state champion baseball team serving as grand marshals.

The parade starts at Stoneybrook and goes across 303, continues down County Line Road to Marzane Road to Broadway and onto 303 to Van Horn Street. The parade will end at Van Horn Street and Marzane Road. A shuttle van will be available at end of parade to take parade participants back to the beginning of the route.

The day starts early, with pancakes and sausages available from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Zanesville United Methodist Church Tower Life Center. An Indiana Historical Society exhibit titled "Auto Indiana: Celebrating the Automobile in Indiana," opens at 7 a.m. at the Tower Life Center and continues until 3 p.m. Arts and crafts booths at the church open at 10 a.m.

Stephanie Shultz will perform dulcimer music throughout the day, and Paul Craig will portray an 1800s doctor.
Co-ed slow pitch ball games will be played all day at the Lions Club park. A petting zoo will also be set up at the ball park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Upward flag football games will be played between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Zanesville UM.

Car, motorcycle and truck owners can register for the Lions Club Car Show, also at Zanesville UM, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Awards will be handed out at 2 p.m. DJ Fast Eddie will play tunes throughout the day at the car show.

The first 50 car show entrants will receive dash
plaques. The car show will also feature '50s dress and nerd awards, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes.

The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will sponsor games for kids from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Zanesville UM.

Over at the ball park, the Zanesville Lions Club will be serving barbecue, salad bar and apple dumplings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Church of God will have a bake sale; sno cones, brats and onion rings will also be available. ZUM sticks - chocolate covered fruit - will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free horse-drawn wagon rides, sponsored by iAB Financial Bank and County Line Pizza of Zanesville, will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wagon rides leave from the lower level of Zanesville UM.

Also taking place on the lower level of Zanesville UM are a pet contest, beginning at 11 a.m., and the ZUB Bike Rodeo, starting at noon. Bike rodeo contestants must bring their own bikes and helmets.

Garage sales will take place all day throughout Zanesville.