The theme for this year’s parade is “Independence Day: Our Freedom And What It Means To Me.” The parade lines up at 9 a.m. at Brick and Depot Streets and the new school. The parade starts at 10 a.m. from Brick Street, goes to Main Street, Salem Street and ends at Beech Grove Road. Awards for the parade will be announced at noon with first and second places awarded in religious, non-religious, marching units, bikes and four-wheelers, antique vehicles, horses.
The following takes place at Fireman’s Park: the band, Missing in Affection, will perform from 1-3 p.m. with the “big time” wrestling group BEC taking the mat also at 1 p.m. Bingo will start at 1 p.m. along with the dunking booth which will be ran by employees of various Meigs County offices, allowing those an opportunity to dunk a county employee for a good cause. In addition, local entertainment will be provided beginning at 3 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. when main musical act, Eye to Eye, takes the stage at 7 p.m. and plays until 11 p.m. Martial Arts Instructor Don Bitangia from Middleport will also be putting on an exhibition at 8 p.m. on the stage.
There will be various types of vendors in the park all day with additional space available at $20 per space. Call Danny Davis at 742-2372 for more information. This does not include food vendors.
There will be food concessions sold including the Rutland Fire Department’s famous roast beef, hot dogs, sloppy joes, cole slow, elephant ears, ice cream, sno-kones, etc.
A fireworks display will end the festivities at 11 p.m.
Organizers of the 54th Annual Ox Roast are asking visitors to come out and “enjoy a day of food, fun and entertainment for the whole family.”