Ridgeville Corners residents will host Ridgeville Community Day, Saturday, Sept. 21.
Jayma Gobrogge, of Friends of the Park, a group that supports the Ridgeville Township Park Board, said the event is a fund-raiser.
Half of the proceeds will go to the community improvement committee.
The committee, she said, performs functions such as installing or repairing sidewalks in Ridgeville Corners and planting trees.
The other half will benefit the park. She said the board hopes to add a parking area and multi-purpose court. The court, she said, has a $10,000 price tag.
One of the day’s main events is the parade at 11 am.
The parade forms at the Alex Products facility on Henry Co. Rd. T. From there, it will travel to Co. Rd. X, then turn southwest and travel through Ridgeville Corners.
When the parade reaches First Street, it will turn again and end at the Ridgeville
Township building. Traffic on U.S. 6 will be stopped as the parade travels along.
Among the entries are marching bands from Archbold and Tinora high schools, a color guard from the Ridgeville Post of the American Legion, and cheerleaders from Archbold and Pettisville high schools. Gobrogge said Tinora High School cheerleaders are invited.
There are also fire trucks from the Ridgeville Township Fire Department, antique cars, military veterans, and decorated golf carts and lawn mowers.
After the parade until 4 pm, action moves to the park with childrens games and giant inflatable toys.
Gobrogge said tickets will be sold for the games. Food will be available.
Music will be provided by the Christ Community Church praise band.
Starting at 4 pm, activity moves downtown, where there will be music, food, and games.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, and bratwursts are on the menu, along with two types of potato salad and baked beans.
Musical groups include bands from St. John Lutheran and Pettisville Missionary churches.
There will be a polka band and an adult contemporarycountry band.
Fund-raising activities include cornhole tournaments and chicken races.
Ridgeville Community Day is designed to be fun for children and adults alike.
“It’s a family event,” Gobrogge said.–David Pugh