WAUSEON - The Wauseon Homecoming Festival, the biggest party of the year in the Fulton County seat, boasts a 175-unit parade, a midway, festival food, and entertainment by two bands tonight and five tomorrow.
Co-chairman Tom Bechill predicted 50,000 people will attend the three-day festival, which began downtown yesterday. That would be nearly seven times the population of Wauseon, and if the weather is good, the festival is expected to produce profits of $30,000 to $50,000 for city park projects. .
4:30 p.m. to midnight -Midway open
5:45 - Pie-eating contest
6 to 7:30 - Talent show
7:30 to 9 - Hand Hewn String Band
9:30 to 11 - Outlaw Country band
11 a.m. to midnight -Midway open
11 a.m. - Parade
1:30 to 3 - Children's games
2-3 - Thunder Road country band
3:30 to 5 - Sorpresa Latin band
5:30 to 7 - Villaruz Sisters
7:30 to 9 - R.S. Express
9:30 to 11 - Childz Play classic rock band
The festival takes place on six blocks of Fulton Street - the main drag through Wauseon's downtown - between Leggett and Oak streets. The parade follows a 10-block route from South Park at the end of Fulton Street, up Fulton, and east on Elm Street to Shoop Avenue.