Violet Festival full of family fun

Messenger photos by Rachel Scofield
Pickerington resident Lisa Luc, holds her 5-month old niece, Jenavieve Luc, on the carousel. Jenavieve’s parents Kiven and Linh Luc of Powell watched nearby.

Sophomore Noah Taylor plays the euphonium while marching with the Pickerington High School Central band. Macy’s invited the Tiger band to perform in the 2009 Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.

Senior Derick Isaacs plays the sousaphone while marching with the Pickerington High School Central band. Macy’s invited the Tiger band to perform in the 2009 Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.

Joe Broughton of Hilliard throws darts in an effort to win a stuffed animal for his 18-month daughter Skylar who is being held by Joe’s father, Keith Helton of Pickerington.

Pickerington residents Sandra Bungard and her son Garrett, age 3, enjoy a free, tethered ride in the Keller Farms hot air balloon piloted by Tom Furlong of Balloon Masters, Inc. of Reynoldsburg. Balloon Masters, Inc. has offered free rides at the Violet Festival for the past six years.

Jenelle Krumlauf, the 2007 Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival Queen, greets the crowd. Joining her on the float are First Attendant Kristin Yarger, Second Attendant Briana Simmons, Senior Tomato King Richard Weber and his wife, Senior Tomato Queen Jerri Weber (not pictured). The Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival runs from September 3-7. For more information on this year’s event visit www.reynoldsburgtomatofestival.org or call TOMATO-1 (866-2861).

Meghan Mathers, 6, and her cousin Alexis Payne, 8, herald the start of the 11th Annual Violet Festival parade on July 25 with their plastic trumpets. The girls, who attend Pickerington Elementary School, cam with their grandmother Diane Groh of Reynoldsburg.

Violet Township trustees Harry Myers, Terry Dunlap and Gary Weltlich greet the crowd during the parade. The township has been hosting events all year to celebrate its bicentennial. The next scheduled activity is a Kids’ Bike Rodeo August 16 at 9 pm in the parking lot of the new Lifestyle Fitness Center on Hill Road.

Violet Township fire fighters shake hands with spectators as the rescue vehicles cruise Columbus Street.
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