The Village of Metamora celebrates town unity this Saturday with the annual Park-O-Rama in Metamora Community Park.
The summer festival will include music, sports, games, and, of course, a signature barbecue chicken dinner. Village Deputy Clerk and Park-O-Rama committee member Sue Clendenin said there will be something for everybody.
“We’re just celebrating small town unity. Not many of us exist anymore,” she said.
The festivities begin 8 a.m. with a 5K run. Participants will travel a route from the park east to Main Street, then from County Road 2 to County Road T, and back the same way. Awards will go to the top three finishers in men’s and women’s categories, and all finishers who registered by July 15 will receive a commemorative medal and T-shirt.
The entry fee is $20 before the race day, $25 on the day.
A free Kids Run & Fun Walk for children 10 and under will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the village park.
Other morning events include a 9 a.m. bicycle swap by village resident Floyd Hite. Bicycles and parts of all makes, models, and years will be available. A volleyball tournament begins at 10 a.m.; the cost is $90 per team, with the winning team awarded back its entry fee, and the second place team half its entry fee.
At noon, the traditional Park-O-Rama parade will wend its way from near Parker Hannifin at 16810 County Road 2 to East Main Street to Memorial Drive, then back to the village park. Among the participants will be the Evergreen High School Marching Band.
Following the parade, the dedication of a bronze name plate honoring past village employee Thomas Bivins will be held at the park’s memorial wall. Bivins, who worked for the street department and provided park maintenance, died in 2018.
The village will also induct resident Thomas Carr to the park’s appreciation wall for his volunteerism.
Barbecue chicken dinners will be served for $8 starting at 1 p.m. Hots dogs, pulled pork, walking tacos, pretzels, ice cream from an old-fashioned machine, and soft drinks and adult beverages will also be on the menu.
Kids games including a dunk tank and an inflatable bounce house become available at 1 p.m. as well.
A soccer tournament will kick off at 1:30 p.m.; the cost is $100 per team, which includes a meal and a trophy awarded to the winners.
A kids’ tractor pull will be held at 2 p.m.; registration begins at 1:30 p.m.
And a cornhole tournament begins at 3 p.m., with a $20 per team entry fee and the winning team receiving a 50% payout.
Additionally, Park-O-Rama will feature music by Tom Silveous from 1-2:30 p.m., local talent from 2:30-4 p.m., and headliners Rodney Parker & Liberty Beach Band, a rock and modern country group, from 7-11 p.m.
Six or more vendors will be available, and $1 village raffle tickets will offer cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100, as well as prizes including restaurant gift certificates, one-hour massages, and oil changes. The raffle tickets are being sold at Country Charm Cafe, 110 E. Main St.; T Mart, 109 E. Main St.; Metamora State Bank, 120 E. Main St.; and the village offices.
Now in its fourth decade, the festival is expected to draw about 600 people including visitors from Toledo, Swanton, and Sylvania. Clendenin said all proceeds go toward capital improvements in Metamora Community Park. Last year’s event netted $9,000.
Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.