Berlin Harvest Fest Parade seeking more registrants

Berlin Harvest Fest Parade seeking more registrants

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There is something special about marching along Main Street, waving to the adoring crowd, throwing candy to small children and showing your community spirit.

But that community spirit aspect of a grand parade is what makes each local parade so special and meaningful to those who live and work in a community.

Holmes County will have its chance to bask in the glow of a local parade in the upcoming Berlin Harvest Fest Parade, where families, businesses and anyone who enjoys being a part of the Holmes County community can join.

The annual Harvest Fest Parade will take place in Berlin on Sept. 10, and the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau is hoping to garner a massive turnout.

Since July 2003, the Holmes County Chamber and Berlin Main Street Merchants have jointly organized this local parade. The date of the parade in September coincides with the annual Berlin Harvest Fest. Harvest Fest activities include live music on the Berlin square, a rib cook-off, food vendors, sales and specials.

However, before the parade can take place, it needs plenty of participants to sign on.

Event coordinator Taylor Sigler said they are excited to see the parade grow to what they hope will be record numbers for this year’s parade.

“The more participation, the better,” Sigler said. “It’s an amazing community event, and teaming it up with Harvest Fest is a great way to bring two big events together to make it even more special.”

The Harvest Fest Parade will step off at 6 p.m. on U.S. 62 in front of Berlin Mennonite Church. The parade will continue west on state Route 39 and end at the Berlin Elementary School. Parade sign-in will be located on Crilow Road. All entries must be registered no later than 5 p.m.

According to Sigler, the parade includes marching bands, fire departments, local businesses, organizations, and visiting fair and festival royalty, and even children are invited to participate.

“This is all about community, so it isn’t just for local businesses and bands,” Sigler said. “We have families, buggies, church groups, old classic cars and anyone who wants to be a part of something special.”

To register, complete the registration form and return it to the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau via email, fax, mail or drop in. Call Sigler at the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau at 330-674-3975 or email taylor@holmescountychamber.com with any questions.

There is no charge to participate. Entries will not be numbered this year. All entries are due by Aug. 26, and registration is required to participate.