Music, carnival, a car show, beer garden and volunteer opportunities will attract thousands to Pickerington as the 13th annual Violet Festival kicks off July 28-31.
Parade grand marshalls and nationally acclaimed country music group, LoCash Country, will headline the entertainment Friday evening.
“We are really fortunate to have them as our Friday night band, entertainment director Jim Hern said.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to make money for their church, school, scouting or business organization through assistance they provide around the festival.
Volunteers will man the entry ticket sales, and parking lots, as well as participate inPouring for a Purpose.
For the first time ever, the RG Barry Beer Garden will sell Bud Light Purple Beer with a percentage of proceeds going to the volunteers who pour those beers. Entry into the garden restricted to 21 and older.
“We want to promote Pickerington area as a great place to live, work and do business, Hern said.
The festival kicks off July 28 with an opening ceremony featuring local musician Jimmy Hensley singing theStar Spangled Banner and a performance by local band Ddouble Vvision. On July 29, Three Bridges with Jimmy Fortune, formerly of the Statler Brothers, will start off Faith Nite.
On July 30, LoCash Cowboys will perform. The duo was nominated to CMA’s Top 10 Ballot for Duo-of-the-Year in 2006. Singing two-part harmony, the LoCash Cowboys offers a hybrid of country, rock and hip hop.
On July 31, Mark Farner, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad, known for hits likeThe Locomotion andSome Kind of Wonderful will end the weekend of festivities.
There will be many other local acts performing throughout the week as well.
Other highlights of the festival include a parade, carnival with family fun activities and a race.
The Violet Festival Downtown Dash will take place July 30, with registration beginning at 6 p.m. at the Central High School parking lot with the dash starting off the parade at 6:45 p.m.
The Violet Festival Parade will start off with the Dash runners at 6:45 p.m. through Olde Pickerington. On July 31, a car and bike show will be held from noon to 2 p.m.
A $2 entry fee will be charged to access the festival grounds with children younger than 12 free as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
Visitors will be able to purchase individual tickets for $1 each on Wednesday evening for rides, while all other days, they will be able to purchase wristbands for unlimited rides for $20.
“The kids can have fun the whole day, Hern said.There are just so many things to do.
Additonal information is available on the event website at http://www.violetfestival.org/Violet_Festival_2010/Pickerington_Violet_Festival.html.