Racers drag bike to join annual Labor Day fish fry, parade

Pickerington’s First Homecoming on Sept. 4, 1911
The parade will feature racer Phil Freeland’s Super Comp chassis drag bike.

A collection of antique cars, street rods and motorcycles will zoom through the streets of Pickerington next week, as the Lions Club hosts its 60th annual Labor Day Parade and celebration Sept. 1.

The automobiles will be part of a cruise-by, which was added to the parade several years ago to allow antique cars and street rods to ride slowly through town without stopping – helping to prevent the problems caused by over-heating.

The cruise-by, scheduled for 9:45 a.m., will kick off the 10 a.m. annual parade, which begins at Pickerington High School Central. The route leaves the school on Opportunity Way, turns north onto Lockville Road, west onto Columbus Street, south on Hill Road and back onto Opportunity Way to the high school, where it ends.

The cruise-by vehicles and the Lions dignitaries will turn into Park Alley and come back to Victory Park where a fish fry and cruise-in will be held.

"At 11 a.m. when the fish fry officially begins, there are thousands at Victory Park and the line looks like it will take forever to get fish dinners, but the longest wait I’ve ever heard of is 20 minutes, so we’re pretty proud of that," said Cherie Koch, the parade, cruise-by and cruise-in chairperson.

This year’s celebration, with the theme "200 Years in Violet Township," will feature fun events for the entire family, including a judging of the Beard and Mustache Contest, which began at the 2007 Violet Festival, and a Bike and Wagon Decorating Contest.

There also will be a Bounce-A-Way for kids.

Also sure to attract crowds will be a shiny yellow racing drag bike built by Phil Freeland of Pleasantville. It is a Super Comp chassis drag bike from Doughty-Patterson with Kawasaki Razor body panels and a 1325cc Kawasaki engine.

Because the bike cannot be ridden on city streets, it will be pulled by Freeland’s daughter, Andrea, and her 1976 stock chassis bike. It will be available during the Victory Park cruise-in for children to sit on and have their pictures taken.

Freeland has been competing in Super Comp index at Pro Star races in the Eastern United States during the year.

For more information on the Lions Club parade, cruise-by or cruise-in, call 837-8810.

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