Labor Day tradition lives on in Pickerington

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The Pickerington Lions Club will add a Cruise-in to their traditional Labor Day festivities to be held Sept. 3.

The Pickerington Labor Day parade once included antique cars. However, when the Lions added a walking color-guard to the front of the parade, some of the cars overheated.

The Lions will award plaques for the Best of Show and the top 10 vehicles.  In addition, the first 100 registered vehicles will receive dashboard plaques.

"It’s a good old-fashioned family day with a great parade, lots of fantastic fish, family entertainment including inflatable rides for the little ones, a yard sale, our first Cruise-in and lots of great raffles," said Labor Day organizer Cherie Koch. "Whatever money they spend at the Labor Day celebration stays right here in Pickerington to help the residents of the community."

The activities will begin at 9:40 a.m. with the Cruise-by – classic cars driving non-stop through town.

The 59th annual Labor Day Homecoming Parade will follow the Cruise-by at 10 a.m. Line-up for the parade begins at 8:30 a.m. at Pickerington Central High School.

The fish fry will follow the parade from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. in Victory Park. The Lions will prepare 640 pounds of fish in addition to hot dogs, cole slaw and French fries. Boy scouts will sell soft drinks.

Registration for the Cruise-in will begin immediately following the parade and will continue through 1 pm.  Judging will complete at 1:30 p.m.  The Cruise-in will also end at 5 p.m.

The Lions Club donates thousands of dollars a year to a multitude of local charities including the Pickerington high school bands and the Pickerington Food Bank.  They also provided eye glasses to those who could not afford them, Koch said.

For information on the fish fry contact Lions Vice President Jim Rogers at 833-1109; for information on the Cruise-By, parade, and Cruise-In contact Koch at 837-8810.

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